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Highlights from Tableau 2015 Conference

by Cindi Howson  |  October 26, 2015  |  2 Comments

The Tableau conference in Las Vegas last week shut down the city, literally, as they hosted 10,000 people in a Fremont Street block party. Pools at MGM Grand hotel were closed to set up outdoor dining areas. These are just two signs of Tableau’s stellar growth, from privately- held vendor in 2012, MQ challenger, and intimate user conference of 2200 people to now Wall Street favorite, MQ leader, and overall industry disruptor.

Christian Chabot kicked off the keynote with a repeat of their mission: for all people to see and understand their data. To that end, the company announced the general availability of a new, free, mobile app, Vizable, squarely aimed at consumers and anyone who’s ever received a tabular data file via email. Vizable automatically renders tabular data—from Fitbits to Amazon purchases to NFL stats to business reports—as interactive charts.

Developers on Stage has become a conference hallmark, and on this point, it’s nice to see that Tableau is keeping pDevelopers on Stageart of its culture in bringing all of its developers to the conference, so they can interact with customers and see and hear how their product is being used in real-world deployments. Some of the key things customers can expect in future releases include:

  • Cross database joins
  • Visualization linking to drill through or across to another sheet
  • New advanced analytics capabilities for clustering and outlier detection. Developer Christine Chambers gave an interesting demo about  her brother looking for the perfect college: low tuition, high acceptance rate, and high salary after graduation (Princeton and MIT with low acceptance rate, University of Colorado with higher acceptance rate).
  • Browser-based dashboard authoring
  • Metrics alerting
  • Mobile offline was added a few weeks ago in version 9.1, but only as a static Tableau Outlierssnapshot, not the interactivity available in higher scoring Mobile BI products (see the Critical Capabilities for BI & Analytics report for how vendors compare).

These new capabilities will be either in version 9.2, currently in beta, or a subsequent release in 2016.


I had a flyby of the exhibit hall that was so big this year that you needed a map to navigate. From the Twitter sphere, I stumbled across the Tableau Foundation, which links Tableau developers with nonprofits. I like this!

If you’ve been following my blog for years, you know I often wrote about first impressions of new products and vendor announcements on BI Scorecard and at Information Week. Since joining Gartner in January, my blogs were specifically non vendor focused as the BI and Analytics team had a policy against vendor and product commentary in blogs. I get it. The BI & Analytics MQ and Critical Capabilities reports are highly read and highly vetted before publication. And yet, as the pace of the industry has changed, we’ve recognized the need to get you some timely information and first impressions. So on a trial basis, expect my blogs to once again include some content on vendors and products.  The more detailed insights, of course, are in our research notes, that I hope you will also agree are pretty darn timely. In case you missed a few recent ones:

So stay tuned to this blog and my colleagues blogs!

And dare I say Go Australia in the Rugby World Cup this weekend? I mean, Symposium is in full swing in Australia and our boss is a die hard fan. 🙂  Who’s rooting for New Zealand? My English husband remains devastated, out early on, and adding insult to injury, host nation.:(


Cindi Howson


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Cindi Howson
Research VP
1 years at Gartner
25 years IT Industry

Cindi Howson is a Research Vice President at Gartner, where she focuses on business intelligence (BI) and analytics. Her work includes writing about market trends, vendors and best practices and advising organizations on these subjects. Read Full Bio

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  1. Eynav says:

    Go Australia 🙂 nice blog

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