Tableau Software Debuts
Pioneer in the visual
analysis of databases launches its first products
SEATTLE, March 31, 2005—Tableau Software, a developer of visual analysis
and reporting systems for the business intelligence industry, announced the
availability of its first products starting today. The products enable people
of any technical ability to see and understand the information in databases by using
a unique drag and drop interface. Tableau promotes what it terms “visual
thinking” by producing interactive pictures of data rather than static
rows and columns.
Tableau Software is
the culmination of five years of research and development that originated in
the Computer Science Department at Stanford
University. The project
was initiated through a DARPA grant sponsored by the US Department of Defense.
Under the leadership of co-founders Dr. Pat Hanrahan and Dr. Chris Stolte, the
Tableau development team has produced a fundamentally new way of interacting
with the desktop files, relational databases, and OLAP servers that are the
backbone of the $20 billion database and business intelligence industries.
At the heart of
Tableau’s software is a new proprietary query language called VizQLTM.
This new language marries a query to a visual response. By analyzing data
visually, users can spot trends, outliers, and relationships more quickly,
leading to better insights. And because the software connects directly to data
sources, users don’t have to stop with one query: They can continue to
explore their data, in effect conducting “visual Q&A” sessions
to get the answers they need. Early Tableau customers are openly enthusiastic
about the results. “Five minutes into using Tableau we knew we had found
a mission critical product,” said David Leeds, VP Sales of FiberTower.
simply a better way to analyze your data,” said Chris Stolte, VP,
Engineering and Co-founder of Tableau Software. “By applying our VizQLTM
query language to a set of data, the data essentially comes alive. You
can discover important insights about your customers or operations with a
simple drag and drop interface. You’ll see the impact on decision-making
more clearly than you ever have before. In a couple of years people will
wonder how they made business decisions without Tableau.”
Tableau software is
available as Tableau Standard Edition and Tableau Professional Edition. While
both versions have the same feature set, the Standard Edition is compatible
with data in Excel, Access and text files. The Professional Edition supports these
data sources as well as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Server Analytical
Services, Hyperion Essbase, and IBM DB2 OLAP server. Pricing is $999 and
$1,799 for the Standard Edition and Professional Editions respectively. Prices
include a year of software maintenance. Products can be purchased and
downloaded from the Tableau website.
Software, a privately held company based in Seattle, Washington,
is the leading provider of visual analysis and reporting solutions. Its
flagship product is used by executives, managers, business intelligence
professionals, business analysts, strategic consultants, financial
professionals, market researchers, scientists and engineers in nearly every
industry. The company is backed by New Enterprise Associates. For more
information on Tableau, visit www.tableausoftware.com.
Software” and “VizQL” are trademarks of Tableau Software,
Inc. For more information, visit www.tableausoftware.com.