Tableau: Building the Next Generation of Data Analysis

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Helping people see and understand their data drives everything Tableau does. Put together an Academy Award-winning professor, a brilliant computer scientist at the world's most prestigious university and a savvy business leader with a passion for data. Add in one of the most challenging problems in software - making databases and spreadsheets understandable to ordinary people, and what are the results? You have just recreated the fundamental ingredients for Tableau's products. At Tableau, they are continually growing and building their technologies for the future.

What are some new features that they just unleashed?

Story Points
Create compelling, interactive, data-driven stories. Assemble sheets and dashboards into a narrative arc that tells the story in your data. Capture key insights with annotations, highlights and filters. Add descriptions to emphasize findings. Make your story interactive to encourage further exploration.

New Map Designs
Maps are critical to geographic analysis and have received a major overhaul in Tableau 8.2. This includes new map designs produced in collaboration with Stamen, worldwide detailed levels of zoom, an improved mapping server and support for high DPI displays.

Later in the road map, icons may be used instead of position marks making it easier to read.

Visual Data Windows
Tableau redesigned the data connection experience from the ground up. Connect to multiple tables, add joins with one click, and preview your data to make sure you've got what you need. You can also modify field properties, add data source filters and extract your data.

To read more visit:

http://gigaom.com/2014/07/07/a-tiny-research-team-at-tableau-is-building-tomorrows-ux-for-data/

http://www.tableausoftware.com/about

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