The leading Business Intelligence software Tableau launched the latest version of its analytics family of solutions. The new and improved features are based entirely on the feedback received from Tableau’s huge customer base and reflect the company’s ambition to make its decisions as intuitive and easy to use as possible.
Tableau 2019.2 provides new ways in which users can interact with data and new opportunities for making it easy to understand and explore.
More intuitive interaction with Data
In an effort to make data analysis accessible to all users, earlier this year Tableau introduced Ask Data – an artificial intelligence solution, which enables every user to ask their questions directly to data using natural human language and get the answers in the form of interactive visualizations. Only 3 months later, Tableau 2019.2 further develops Ask Data with the ability for further change the created visualizations by simply “instructing” them.
For example, if we have created a visualization showing average sales by city, but want to see average revenue instead, it’s enough to instruct the system “replace Sales with Revenue” and we will see the result immediately. Similarly, users can turn filters on and off, add calculations, etc. that make data easier and faster, even for people who are not familiar with Tableau’s interface.
What’s more, Ask Data’s smart algorithm allows you to make statistics of the data that users interact with most often. This enables data controllers to optimize and facilitate the access to data.
Richer experience when working with maps and geospatial data
Maps are very often used in Tableau, and logically every new version seeks to provide users with richer mapping experience. The new Tableau 2019.2 includes vector-based maps and options for shifting views between satellite image, map and street map to explore geospatial data better.
Also available are Spatial calculations: MakeLine, which allow users to easily create two-point origin-destination maps, perfect for making flight maps of airline routes, weather maps showing storm routes, subway maps, and many other.
New data presentation capabilities
Presenting data in a clear and easy-to-use manner is one of the key benefits of Tableau. Creating dashboards of interconnected visualizations allows users to explore the data in depth and notice trends and dependencies that would otherwise remain hidden.
Further upgrading the solution in this direction, Tableau 2019.2 adds capabilities to show and hide elements from the dashboards (such as fields with additional information, legends, filter fields, and more) to use the screen area to its full potential.