Tableau Software announces general availability of Tableau 4.0
SEATTLE, Aug. 11, 2008 -- Tableau Software (http://www.tableausoftware.com), the global leader in fast analytics and visualization software, today announced the general availability of Tableau 4.0, the next generation of its Tableau Desktop (http://www.tableausoftware.com/products/desktop) and Tableau Server (http://www.tableausoftware.com/products/server) products. Customers such as Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and Yale University are among the first to experience the benefits of this release. Major new features include one-click analytical map creation, usability enhancements and capabilities to embed and share live Tableau views with other applications such as Web applications, intranets and documents. Tableau 4.0 is available for download at http://www.tableausoftware.com/trial.
CCE, a participant in the Tableau 4.0 beta program, uses the software to analyze sales forecasting and forecasting accuracy data for its production plants nationwide. With Tableau's granular visual analysis and flexible reporting capabilities, CCE is able to quickly identify products, geographic regions and specific accounts that are underperforming and more easily reach high-level conclusions about its forecasting processes. Tableau gives the company rapid visibility into problem areas across categories, business units, channels, products and accounts and enables course corrections to be made much earlier in the planning process than ever before, resulting in a significant increase in revenue.
"In our business, accurately analyzing and forecasting sales quantities can directly translate into increased revenue, so Tableau's ability to quickly identify forecasting errors through easily understandable visual representations of our data has been invaluable to us," said Andy Kriebel, manager of forecasting and planning at Coca-Cola Enterprises. "To date, we're already expecting a 3 percent increase in our forecasting accuracy, which will result in more than $100 million in annual savings, and we anticipate that Tableau 4.0 will enable us to achieve similar cost savings in years to come. Tableau 4.0's new usability features, including the addition of personalized views and visual representations, make the analysis and sharing of our data across the organization even easier and more streamlined than before. This lets us spend more time on data discovery and less time trying to organize and manage our workbooks."
Yale University is implementing Tableau Desktop and Server to help manage its $3.5-billion Yale Tomorrow capital campaign. The University's development office desired an improved way to gain real-time access to information about the campaign from multiple sources. Tableau 4.0's new integration features, combined with its already powerful data analytics capabilities, made it an obvious choice. Now, administrators can create easy-to-understand reports quickly, and the mapping capabilities enable regional development officers to gain new insights into performance by location. In the future, the development office plans to build a SharePoint portal that includes embedded visualizations from Tableau to enable the entire development staff and its hundreds of alumni volunteers to benefit from real-time access to data.
In addition, The Yale Police Department and Campus Security office are utilizing the mapping capabilities of Tableau to easily overlay incidence report data on maps.
"Previously, our reports were difficult to generate and contained no graphical representations of our data, which made it difficult to provide useful insights into how to improve our operations," said Marcia Schels, director of enterprise systems for the office of development and the office of the secretary at Yale University. "We expect that Tableau 4.0 will help our development office's campaign generate more results in less time. Additionally, with Tableau 4.0, our public safety officers will be able to maximize their resources while providing an even safer environment on campus."
Tableau 4.0, which was announced on July 21, 2008 during the company's sold-out Customer Conference, combines powerful visual analysis capabilities with the ability to easily share data findings throughout an organization. Enhancements include:
-- Mapping: Tableau 4.0 immediately recognizes geographic data and enables users to create meaningful analytic maps with just one mouse click.
-- Usability: Visual cues and representations, custom shapes and personalized views make the data discovery and exploration process even easier and more intuitive for users.
-- Sharing/Embedding: Tableau 4.0 allows users to embed visualizations with real-time data into Web applications, Web sites and portals (and, conversely, embed Web applications into Tableau), enabling people to see their data where they're most likely to use it.
"Since debuting Tableau 4.0 at our first-ever Customer Conference in July, the buzz around this release has been incredible," said Christian Chabot, CEO of Tableau Software. "We're excited to be able to deliver a product that incorporates so many of the features our customers have been asking for, and we look forward to hearing how they're able to put these enhancements to use in their day-to-day business processes."
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