New arrival: Tableau Prep data preparation software for analytics

Tableau Software has expanded its analytics platform with Tableau Prep to provide a direct and visual experience to data preparation, making it simple and integrated with its Tableau analytical workflow – enabling users to get insights faster from their data. Available now.

Tableau Prep is a new data preparation product to help users quickly and confidently combine, shape, and clean their data, further reducing the time from data to insight.

Tableau Prep is a new data preparation product to help users quickly and confidently combine, shape, and clean their data, further reducing the time from data to insight.

The new Tableau Prep features a direct and visual experience for data preparation.

“We’ve been able to save hours of work with Tableau Prep, completely reinventing the way we look at our data, and dramatically shortening the time between data collection and actionable insights,” said Gessica Briggs-Sullivan, Tableau Administrator at Charles Schwab, Inc. “

The application gives customers a deeper understanding of their data; smart features to automate complex tasks; and integration with the Tableau analytical workflow for faster speed to insight.

Tableau Prep is included with the new Creator offering, part of Tableau’s new subscription offerings.

Existing customers of Tableau Desktop are also able to use Tableau Prep at no charge for the next two years.

More details below about Tableau Prep from the press release.

Tableau Prep has customised visual experiences to make common yet complex tasks – such as joins, unions, pivots and aggregations – simple.

It is a drag and drop experience, with no scripting required.

As people use Tableau Prep, they see their data transform right before their eyes.

These intuitive experiences help customers get desired results faster and with greater confidence.

Tableau Prep also features smart algorithms to help automate common data prep challenges.

As an example, Tableau Prep employs fuzzy clustering to turn repetitive tasks, like grouping by pronunciation or cleaning based on punctuation, into one-click operations.

Tableau Prep integrates directly into the Tableau analytical workflow for faster speed to insight.

Customers can open their flow in Tableau Desktop at any time, or easily share it with Tableau Server or Tableau Online.

Tableau Prep also leverages Tableau Desktop data connectors, calculation language, as well as permissions and certifications, so customers can get up to speed quickly and collaborate at any point in the analytical process.

Tableau 2018.1: New complete web authoring capabilities & dashboard starters

Updates to Tableau Server and Tableau Online are also available, including a new authoring experience all in the browser — from data to dashboards with no desktop installations required.

“Tableau Prep will do for data preparation what Tableau did for analytics and Business Intelligence.  It will take an otherwise painstaking and difficult task, and make it easy, visual, and direct, empowering more people to get to analysis faster. Our customers often tell us that they love working with Tableau, but struggle when data is in the wrong shape for analysis. We believe data prep and data analysis are two sides of the same coin that should be deeply integrated and look forward to bringing fun, easy data prep to everyone regardless of technical skill set,” said Francois Ajenstat, Chief Product Officer at Tableau. “

Customers with data in 20+ data sources including Microsoft SQL Server, Amazon Redshift and Snowflake or local data sources like Excel, can now have a complete browser-based analytical experience for all their users.

This new end-to-end web authoring flow, which is also included in the Creator subscription offering, enables organisations to scale Tableau deployments faster through a centralised and governed authoring experience.

Additionally, customers can stay in their flow throughout the lifecycle of analytics, speeding the journey from data to insights, by always being in the browser.

Tableau Online customers can also take advantage of Dashboard Starters to get instant insight into their own data.

Starters are pre-made dashboards optimised for common business applications like Salesforce, Marketo, Eloqua and ServiceNow.

Customers can speed up their analysis, by editing or building on top of a Dashboard Starter.

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