Tableau 10.2 released with advanced mapping capabilities and enhancements that make analytics easier

Tableau has updated its business intelligence and data analytics software to version 10.2. The software now has advanced mapping capabilities, that allows users to directly use geospatial data from within Tableau, instead of depending on specialised third party mapping software. The capability is provided through the new Spatial File Connector, with support for ESRI Shapefiles, KML, GeoJSON and MapInfo file types.

Andrew Beers, Chief Development Officer at Tableau Software, says, "The need to see and understand data has never been greater. Enhancements in Tableau 10.2 make advanced analytics easier, faster and more scalable. We’ve added new ways to leverage spatial data, prep data and manage Tableau deployments in the enterprise. Visualisations are easier for people with disabilities to perceive and explore, making data accessible to everyone to increase business value and insights."

It is now easier to combine and clean up data files, which allows customers to leverage database structure and schema more effectively. Tableau can automatically recognise and standardise dates, instantly processing over 250 different ways in which dates can be represented. Tableau represents all the dates uniformly with just a single click.

Visualisations generated by Tableau now confirm with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines drafted by the Web Accessibility Initiative referred to as WCAG 2.0 AA. This allows people with disabilities easier access to data visualisations, and ensures that the visualisations by customers reaches a wider audience.

Tableau now has support for 60 additional instant data connectors including Anaplan, Eloqua, Apache Drill, Salesforce, Presto and Microsoft Share Point lists. A new autosave feature allows users to continue working where they left off, even if the desktop computer experiences a crash. There are improvements and enhancements in various APIs. The complete list of new features is available on the Tableau website.

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