Many of you frequenting the scientifically enhanced circles must have been subjected to hearing this term called ‘Tableau’. According to the Fortune magazine, “Tableau as a concept of visual analytics has been pioneered by a Seattle based software firm.” This concept saw its beginning in the initial stages at the Stanford University in the year 2003 and later on its development resulted from the launching of a public sector offering a decade later in the year 2013.
The basic function and mission of Tableau are to be the creator of various spreadsheet databases and various other information sources which will prove to be simpler for the use for an average person and their usages. The co-founders of this technological advancement are Christian Chabot, Pat Hanrahan, Chris Stolte all of whom worked as a trifecta force and began their journey by bringing together and devising a structured query language for all of those databases which require a descriptive language for the purpose of rendering graphics.
The result of all of those well-timed, meticulous efforts was a database visualization language which is called as Visual Query Language or as it is popularly known by its acronym VizQL. This language essentially underlines the Tableau’s software application which basically then goes on to set up queries in the relational databases, cubes, cloud databases and spreadsheets and then goes on to generate a variety of graphs and different types of representations. These graphs can either be combined into dashboards or also shared over a computer network and even over the internet.
Today this software application actually boasts close to 30,000 client accounts. These client accounts are not just any, but actually include high profile accounts of the World Bank, Coca-Cola, Exxon Mobil, Homeland Security, Pfizer, Fannie Mae, and Gallup, Nike and Adobe and so many more big names. There are many other customers of Tableau where the executives are working in order to develop a 360 degree perspective for their consumer base. Even at the Cornell University there happen to be 600 employees who perform various kinds of analysis by using Tableau.
Those who work under this environment usually perform various functions like contributor relations, in order to visualize faculty salary statistics as well as track all the information about the students and their respective classes that they hope to attend. The Gartner Annual Report that was released in the year 2015, which essentially happens to be a report on the business intelligence and analytical concepts around the globe on an annual basis has proclaimed that Tableau is a ‘leader’ in the business analytics space and if future predictions are to be believed that it is most definitely here to stay.
The various products that this software offers include Tableau Desktop, which helps everyone attain fast analytics, Tableau Server which functions are the collaboration for any organization, Tableau Online which functions as a business intelligence in the cloud and Tableau Public which is generally for public data.