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Tableau Launches New Subscription Plans, Data Preparation Tools

Customers can choose to migrate their existing Tableau Server and Desktop installations to the new subscription offerings, available today in the Tableau 2018.1 release


Tableau Software has announced the launch of two new offerings a subscription offerings to help organizations scale analytics to their entire workforces and a new data preparation tool, Tableau Prep.

The new subscription allows every customer to create the appropriate mix of analytics capabilities to meet the specific needs of their entire organization. From consuming data and performing ad-hoc analysis from curated data sources, to preparing and developing advanced analysis, the new price offerings cover a wide breadth of powerful capabilities.  They also include the newly released data preparation application Tableau Prep, new web authoring capabilities, and the renowned Tableau Desktop. Customers can choose to work on-premises or in the cloud.

Customers can choose to migrate their existing Tableau Server and Desktop installations to the new subscription offerings, available today in the Tableau 2018.1 release. Once migrated, administrators will be able to assign a specific option -- Creator, Explorer, or Viewer -- to each user in their organization, completing the transition process.

"With the unprecedented and accelerating growth of data that customers are experiencing, the need to see and understand data is more important than ever before. Professional analysts, teachers, doctors, project managers, marketers, sellers, developers, factory line workers, recruiters - everyone needs data to make better decisions. Organizations are facing the urgent need to empower their entire workforce to help drive more revenue, reduce costs, provide better service, increase productivity, discover the next scientific breakthrough and even save lives," said Adam Selipsky, CEO at Tableau. "Our new offerings will help entire organizations make analytics ubiquitous, enabling them to tailor the capabilities required for every employee."

On the other hand, Tableau Prep, data preparation tool, giving 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 tailored subscription offerings. Existing customers of Tableau Desktop are also able to use Tableau Prep at no charge for the next two years.

“Before Tableau Prep our team would spend hours and hours making sure that our data sources were clean and organized, just to make sure that our analysis was accurate and effective,” said Gessica Briggs-Sullivan, Tableau Administrator at Charles Schwab, Inc. “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.”

Data preparation is one of the biggest challenges facing customers today. A recent Harvard Business Review study reports that people spend 80% of their time cleaning and shaping data, and only 20% of their time analyzing it. Customers cannot readily analyze much of their data because it is in the wrong shape or residing in disparate sources. But getting it in a useful form can be a complicated and time-consuming process, often requiring specialized skills. Tableau Prep has customized visual experiences to make common yet complex tasks - such as joins, unions, pivots and aggregations - simple. It is a drag and drop experience, 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.

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