Tableau Software Extends Its
Visual Analytics Solution to the Web
University among the first to select Tableau Server
SEATTLE, Wash. – NOV. 6, 2007 – Tableau Software®, the global leader in fast
analytics and visualization software, today launched Tableau Server, a
Web-based sharing and publishing solution. Combined with the robust analytical
capabilities of Tableau Desktop, already in use by more than 10,000 people worldwide, Tableau Server enables
businesses to extend data discovery, analysis and collaboration to an entire
organization via the Web.
“Everyone wants to understand the
information in spreadsheets and databases better – it’s no longer a specialized
skill reserved for analysts,” said Christian Chabot, Tableau Software CEO and
co-founder. “With Tableau Server, we’re taking another step forward in our
mission to bring visual analytics – and the enhanced decision-making
capabilities it brings – to people everywhere.”
Tableau’s products are designed for drag-and-drop ease of
use and do not require specialized IT training. Tableau Desktop can
simultaneously tap into nearly any data source, including Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL,
Excel and text files to create customizable data visualizations. Now, with
Tableau Server, entire organizations can benefit from Tableau’s sharing,
discovery and participation capabilities.
Publishing dashboards to Tableau Server lets users
assemble multiple views of data from various sources and then securely share
their findings in real time with just a few clicks. This allows the wider
audience to quickly gain perspective and explore their specific areas of
interest within a particular view.
As the underlying data is updated, the published
findings update as well.
Administrators have control over how data and
analytical results are shared, and publishers can ensure the privacy and
security of their specific analyses.
Once users create analytical visualizations and
insights and publish them to Tableau Server, others can interact with those
visualizations by filtering, paging, sorting and inspecting individual values
through the web.
Tableau Server’s Smart Search and browsing features
make discovering content quick and easy by displaying thumbnail visualizations.
People can search tags and comments as well as the actual analyses themselves.
Tableau Server creates an environment for group
intelligence by allowing anyone to participate in “blog-style” online
discussions to enhance their understanding of the data.
Users can add tags, explanatory notes, pose
hypotheses, ask clarifying questions or contribute to the discussion with an
Significantly less disruptive than traditional business
intelligence solutions, users can install Server in approximately 10 minutes
and use existing Microsoft® Active Directory® applications to manage user
permissions and accounts. There are no specific infrastructure requirements
other than a Microsoft Windows environment, at least one publisher using
Tableau Desktop and a Web browser.
Jacksonville State University
(JSU), in Jacksonville,
Ala., is a current Tableau Desktop user and
has selected Tableau Server as a means to share important student and
administrative data with its more than 1,000-person faculty and staff in 75
academic and non-academic units. Specifically, JSU needed a better way to make
administrative, enrollment and assessment data visible to departments with
different accreditation and reporting needs. One example of this involves the analysis
of credit hour productivity across academic units. Factors in this evaluation
include: the number of students enrolled in specific courses, which sections
have the greatest classroom attendance, number of available seats, professors’
availability and course popularity by day of week, time of day, classroom
“If Jacksonville State University
is able to increase its credit hour productivity by adjusting course scheduling
through a simplified process that meets the unique needs of all departments, then
we’ll be able to optimize the learning experience for our students while simultaneously
making the best use of our resources,” said Dr. Alicia Simmons, director of
Institutional Research and Assessment at JSU. “With Tableau Server, we’ll be
able to electronically publish our assessment and student data out to the
various academic departments. Because of the sorting and filtering
capabilities, they will no longer have to wade through massive paper reports.”
More information about Tableau
Server is available at http://www.tableausoftware.com.
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managers, business analysts, strategic consultants, financial professionals,
market researchers, scientists and engineers in nearly every industry. For more
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