Not Just a Regular Tech Conference
5,500 customers, a bunch of Zen Master and goodness knows who else are here. This conference feels significantly bigger than even last year. If you have never been to a Tableau conference then I really can’t get over the collective buzz that is generated. It feels like a sports event when the home team is about to win the championship. That’s crazy for a tech conference…
Christian Chabot, Tableau’s CEO, starts by highlighting the great work (and breadth) of the Tableau community that is shared on the web wherever you go. Matt Francis, Ramon Martinez, Ryan Robatile and Kelly Martin’s work is all shared on the big screen.
The next big strides in the technical revolution is to ‘expand your creative potential’ of everyone. Adobe, Computer Aided Design and now other creative tools are allowing everyone to explore and create great design.
‘Data Analysis is a creative process’ – most important role in the modern business strategy
Analysts and artists are both on a mission to create something new and explore. Same human characteristics are used in both.
To create a tool that allows for a great creative experience takes four things:
1. Encourage experimentation – fast prototyping needed in any innovation process. Taking film out of cameras allows people to explore images and the quality of photos has risen and improved as a subject area.
2. Speed – To iterate, you need things to be able to iterate in front of your eyes. Tableau working on performance a lot
3. Expressiveness – Great artists don’t use Paint by Numbers art sheets. Business has been tied / constrained Business Intelligence solutions. Tableau creating a canvas.
4. Control – giving people control. Something is in your mind’s eye, you need to be able to get it out. Di Vinci didn’t do his work by “filling out a painting request form”.
Tableau’s customer base has expanded from 200 in 2004, to 2,000 customers 2008, and 20,000 customer by 2014. To match that growth Tableau expects to spend as much in R&D over the next 2 years as it has its entire lifetime!
Where Tableau Development is Going
7 areas for this development are:
1. Visual Analytics
3. Data Prep
This breaks down as follows
1. Visual Analytics
Now double click and type in to the column or row shelf instead of dragging pills. This is done like creating a calculate field. You can double click on a pill (existing data item) and you can run complex calculations too. You can drop blended data sources in to those calculations. Called “Freeform Calculations”. You can drag the new fields and drop it in the dimension or measures list to create the data item.
New calculation editor is a lot more simplistic. Edit the calculated field and can interact with the view at the same time. You can drag in data from the dimension and measure lists.
There is a new side pane too – the Analytics pane. Where you currently have data lists, you can flick to analytical functions and trends.
Reference lines update with the data you are selecting on screen.
Tableau calculations – can be hard so Tableau making them easier. Views respond immediately as you flick between table calcs. Tableau highlights what is being computed.
Geographic search now built in to Tableau – so you can flick between countries, states, postcodes – just type it in and the map filters (all built in to the long / lat)
New selection tool so you can Lasso, select circular areas etc to select really what you want. Very cool and is going to be great on scatterplots!
Tableau can go anywhere with data in very many ways – makes performance a lot harder
Tooltip respond instantly as you scroll round the visualization. This is still the same Viz engine bought in in version 8.0.
8.3 is showing performance improvements of x2-4 times faster. Taking advantage of multi-core processing that is now available in most machines. Using more parallel processing is changing response times to seconds rather than minutes.
Doing more in the browser is continually requested. Tooltips are instant and maps panes appear seamlessly during panning.
Analytics at scale – persistent query caching – shared across all nodes on the server and all processors.
3. Data Preparation
In the data load window, you can now ‘Split’ one data column in to it’s parts. Split is now available when working in the visualization window too.
Poorly formatted Excel sheets are now going to be easier to clean up. Just connect and Tableau is now becoming smarter to clean those excel files. Transposing data through ‘Unpivot’ in the data load window (big reception for this). Handling survey data from agencies is going to be a lot easier
Web Services data – REST API and JSON – “Web Data Connector” now possible
“The next chapter in storypoints”
View thumbnails are produced so you know what you want to drag in to the Storyboard on your list of worksheets and dashboards.
You can now format the storypoints navigator – background colour, font, style (numbers instead of word descriptions), size and position.
See Enterprise deployments as mission critical.
Scalable, Resilient and Easy to Manage – are the main aims
Secure – Kerberos, smart cards and permissions
Extensible – API improvements – Javscript, Data Extract and REST API. Publish content and assign permissions through the APIs to come.
Thumbnails of the workbooks, instant search on the server browser and all appears instantly
You can look at the Data Sources of the workbook on the details in the server (I love this little touch!)
New heatmaps for the permissions in the server so easier to see what is allowed for
Tableau Online allows On Premise as well as Cloud data storage and then deploy to mobile
Tableau Online allows a live-to-live cloud base querying and connection
Tableau Data Sync – allows Tableau Online to control On Premise feeds in a secure way.
Tableau Online can embed directly in to SalesForce
App performance speed increased as you scroll through the thumbnails of the viz.
Now allowing for calculations in mobile and web editing for the first time – this will be huge
Swipe through the visualizations to switch between them
Offline snapshots captured at your settings down to every 15 minutes
New tool!! – Project Elastic
From a csv attachment – you can open it in “Project Elastic” and it creates a basic visualization for you. Click and drag to filter the data. Switch categories (dimensions) by sliding your finger across the dimension title. You can change the aggregation by sliding up on measure name.
Email the new image in two taps
Date hierarchy explored by stretching the time series – stretch an individual record to see the underlying data – genius!
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