Tableau Announces Expansive Enterprise Analytics Roadmap for 2017

At its Tableau Conference 2016 event on November 8, 2016, in Austin, Texas, Tableau Software Chief Product Officer Francois Ajenstat outlined the company’s product plans for the near future.

The Tableau three-year-product roadmap marks a notable and tacit shift towards a horizontal platform play. In his keynote, Ajenstat observed (with ironic understatement) that “Visual analysis has been a pillar of [Tableau’s] R&D efforts.” But now Tableau is broadening its capabilities upstream (perhaps a bit against the current) in the raging river that is the generic enterprise data workflow. Ajenstat announced the future release of products/features/initiatives extending Tableau into data preparation, improving in-memory data processing, adding data-audit capabilities, introducing “instant analytics,” delivering natural-language processing (NLP) query capability, and offering threshold-based notification-triggering, among others.

Blue Hill believes that this aggressive roadmap for 2017 reflects Tableau’s interest in becoming an enterprise-scale analytics platform, directly supporting the extended breadth of requests from Tableau customers, and tactically increasing wallet share from a loyal customer base. In this report, Blue Hill provides guidance on what Tableau customers and Tableau partners should expect in 2017 based on the announcements made at Tableau Conference 2016.

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About Hyoun Park

Hyoun Park is the Chief Research Officer of Blue Hill Research where he oversees day-to-day research operations, delivery and methodology focused on vendor and technology selection. In addition, Park covers analytics and enterprise mobility technologies as a noted advisor, social influencer, and practitioner. Park has been named as a top 10 Big Data, analytics, and mobility influencer including quotes in USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and a wide variety of industry media sources. Over the past 20 years, Park has been on the cutting edge of web, social, cloud, and mobile technologies in both startup and enterprise roles. Park holds a Masters of Business Administration from Boston University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies from Amherst College.

About Toph Whitmore

Toph Whitmore is a Blue Hill Research principal analyst covering the Big Data, analytics, marketing automation, and business operations technology spaces. His research interests include technology adoption criteria, data-driven decision-making in the enterprise, customer-journey analytics, and enterprise data-integration models. Before joining Blue Hill Research, Toph spent four years providing management consulting services to Microsoft, delivering strategic project management leadership. More recently, he served as a marketing executive with cloud infrastructure and Big Data software technology firms. A former journalist, Toph's writing has appeared in GigaOM, DevOps Angle, and The Huffington Post, among other media. Toph resides in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where he is active in the local tech startup community as an angel investor and corporate advisor.
Posted on November 18, 2016 by Hyoun Park;  Toph Whitmore

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