Tableau integrates with a company’s databases or spreadsheets and lets anyone easily turn drab columns of numbers into interactive maps and graphs—no programming skills necessary. In effect, it’s taking business analytics mainstream. “We let any user ask questions of their data by a simple drag and drop interface,” Hanrahan, 56 (formerly with Pixar) says.
Today more than 7,000 organizations including government agencies, insurers, and universities use Tableau, and that number has grown 40 percent in the last year. “I’ve never seen people get this excited about data,” says Ted Corbett, director of knowledge management at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where 150 staffers use Tableau for such tasks as scheduling operating rooms and clinic space. In the past year the company released an iPad app and service for media websites. Revenue is on track to nearly double, to $65 million, according to Tableau.
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