Tableau Software today announced the general availability of Tableau 10.2. The new release brings advanced mapping capabilities that make complex geospatial analysis easy, simplifies data prep with new ways to combine and clean data, and gives enterprises more tools to deliver self-service analytics at scale.
Building on Tableau’s mapping capabilities, the new Spatial File Connector allows customers to leverage their spatial data directly in Tableau for easy geospatial analysis. Tableau now connects to ESRI Shapefiles, KML, GeoJSON and MapInfo file types.
Tableau 10.2 now lets people union tables from a database, leveraging database structure and schemas more efficiently.
Tableau 10.2 can automatically recognise dates (there are more than 250 ways to represent a date) and make dates uniform with just one click, no scripting or complex calculations required. Automatic DateParse allows transforming data from a string to a date type.
Tableau visualisations can now be made conformant to the current Web Content Accessibility Guidelines drafted by the Web Accessibility Initiative, commonly referenced as WCAG 2.0 AA. People who work in an environment subject to US Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 can author and publish Tableau content with features that make it easier for people with disabilities to perceive and explore. Common visualisation elements now have keyboard support and function with assistive technologies such as screen reading software.
Enterprises are making it easier for employees to ask deeper questions of their data using a secure, governed platform. Tableau 10.2 provides fine-grained controls over guest access.
Tableau 10.2 also improves the connectivity with SAP BW with Single Sign-on support. Tableau can now support the security rules defined in SAP BW and ensure that users can only see the data that they are authorized to see.
In late 2016, Tableau added connectors to Anaplan for business planning data and Eloqua for marketing automation and campaign data. In Tableau 10.2 new connectors include Apache Drill and Microsoft SharePoint lists.
The launch of Tableau 10.2 follows the November launch of Tableau 10.1. That release brought support for JSON, a direct connector to Marketo, web authoring improvements, more mapping capabilities and new APIs.