Tableau Software stayed true to its roots with Tableau 9.0, the company’s latest major release, announced Tuesday, April 7. The upgrade is predominantly about personal productivity and performance gains for end-users. It adds a few new tools for admins who manage the vendor’s server and cloud-based products.
Tableau’s strength since its founding in 2003 has been ease of use. The company’s core product is a desktop data visualization tool that has had a habit of spreading wherever it shows up. In some cases, particularly in the early days, it was a shadow IT phenomenon. Central IT and BI control freaks didn’t always appreciate the requests for data access and non-BI-team-sanctioned data insights.