23 June 2017

Tableau 10.3 introduces data-driven alerts

Tableau Software, the global leader in visual analytics, has announced the general availability of Tableau 10.3. This release helps organisations achieve data-driven insights more quickly.

“Organisations want to do more with the vast data they have at their disposal,” said Francois Ajenstat, Chief Product Officer at Tableau. “It’s not just simple analysis our customers are looking seeking, it’s the power to unlock all of their data with ease and efficiency. With smart recommendations, customers can get to the right data faster than ever - without having to spend time finding the right tables and joins. And with proactive monitoring of key metrics through features like data driven alerts, they can take action immediately and be more agile.”

The upgraded software offers automated table and join* recommendations powered by machine learning algorithms. Tableau Server analyses aggregate data source usage to recommend popular tables and correlated data across the organisation. With recommendations, customers can save time by quickly identifying database tables that are relevant to their analysis and leveraging join recommendations to enrich their data.

It also includes data-driven alerts for proactive monitoring of key metrics. Version 10.3 unlocks six new data sources for analysis, including a new connector for extracting data from PDF documents. Additionally, Tableau Online customers are able to try Tableau Bridge in beta, which enables a direct connection to data stored on premises directly in the cloud.

In all, customers can now connect to more than 75 data sources via 66 connectors, without any programming. That includes a new PDF connector, which allows people to directly import PDF tables into Tableau with a click. Additionally, Tableau now comes with new connectors to popular data sources such as Amazon Athena, ServiceNow, MongoDB, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive.

Tableau Online customers can now leverage data stored on premises directly in the cloud with the new Tableau Bridge. Available to all Tableau Online customers to try, this will allow a secure, live connection to on premises data, meaning it’s no longer necessary to move data to perform a live query from Tableau Online. Many organisations have data on premises and in the cloud, and Tableau Bridge allows these customers to easily connect live to all of their data no matter where it is.

*A join refers to combining related data from different parts of a database. An example would be a database of customer names and other details, which could be joined with a database of orders for products so that a business can tell who orders what.