Tableau Software 8.1 Is Now a TEC Certified Business Intelligence Application

tableau_logo_image.pngThe Seattle-based company and innovation driver Tableau has become part of TEC’s certified vendor community by recently achieving certification in the Business Intelligence and Data Management Evaluation Center. So I am pleased to announce that via its Tableau Server and Desktop product, Tableau is now part of TEC’s certified BI applications family of products, and is available for evaluation online in the Business Intelligence and Data Management Evaluation Center.

Of course, in just a few weeks I’ll be providing the full certification report, with a review of the main features of Tableau, including its strengths, weaknesses, and an analysis of each module within TEC’s BI software research model. The report will be available for download soon on the  TEC Certification Reports Page.

In the meantime, here is a brief overview of some of the key functionality features of the product, such as reporting and analysis, analytics, data warehousing, workflow, data integration, support, and product technology, which are common to most BI solutions on the market.

About Tableau

Founded by Chris Stolte and Christian Chabot, Tableau Software was first housed in the buildings of the renowned Department of Computer Science of Stanford University and later moved on to offices in the greater Seattle Washington area. Tableau Software stands its ground as a company that has excelled in not only enabling nontechnical users to create outstanding data visualizations, but also in empowering them to easily perform data discovery.

Tableau has received multiple awards for its innovative capabilities—such as the PC Magazine Editors Choice in 2005 to the CODiE awards in 2008 and 2010. Tableau created VizQL, an innovative visual query language capable of translating drag-and-drop actions into data queries with important performance enhancements. The company aims to develop technology that combines power with simplicity and to discover new ways of going to market to achieve a public footprint, such as with the creation of Tableau public, an increasingly popular platform for developing attractive and public data visualizations (see screenshot of Tableau’s dashboard below).

Screenshot of Tableau’s Dashboard (Courtesy of Tableau)

With recent strategic movements, its step to go public, and its recent new offering in the cloud, Tableau has aligned its strategies to gain new heights in the industry. Tableau offers a comprehensive set of features for performing data discovery and visualization for both desktop and mobile devices, providing with rich data visualization and collaboration capabilities.

Tableau Server 8.1

Since its inception, one of Tableau’s greatest offerings has been its combination of outstanding and intuitive data visualization tools, along with its ability to enable all types of users to work with these tools. Nowadays Tableau comes in different flavors according to the customer’s needs—as a Desktop version for stand-alone users and a Server version for organizations of different sizes. Both versions, however, integrate nicely to establish different work models. Additional offerings, of course, are its popular free Tableau Public version, which enables any user to create outstanding public data visualizations for publication, and Tableau Online, its recent cloud version.

Tableau’s recent version, 8.1 (and the subject of this certification), includes enhancements in many areas such as mobile and Web editing to provide more development flexibility, an improved model for forecasting, and a series of new visualization types for more and improved ways to visualize data. These and other enhancements, such as an increased number of source connectors for big data sources, give Tableau a wider range of coverage and deeper presence in the industry, particularly in the enterprise spectrum.

Besides Tableau’s attractive visualizations, another interesting feature that I’d like to highlight here is the product’s strong functionality for scorecarding.

The figure below shows the outstanding rating of Tableau’s features when compared with the average product in the BI industry as determined by TEC.


To achieve TEC certification, Tableau completed TEC’s detailed questionnaire (download sample BI RFI template) and delivered the formal product demonstration I’d requested. This demo let me do a trial of some features that I was particularly interested in taking a closer look at, including more than 100 features and functionality sets.

I encourage you to stay tuned for the full certification report. In the meantime, you can interactively review Tableau via TEC Advisor.

If you have specific questions about Tableau’s BI certification, please leave me a comment below, and I’ll respond as soon as I can.
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