Tableau Software Signals Future Analytics Ambitions

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    Tableau Software, a company most often associated with providing visualization of data stored in a database optimized for analytics, this week acquired HyPer, a provider of an in-memory database platform. 

    Patrice Pelland, senior director of engineering for Tableau Software, says the acquisition of HyPer comes at a time when IT organizations increasingly want to apply analytics alongside transaction processing. The ultimate goal is to be able to apply analytics in real time to, for example, identify fraud.

    Many providers of business intelligence and analytics software are attempting to bundle visualization software in order to limit the future growth of vendors such as Tableau Software. But at the same time, Tableau Software is now signaling its ambitions to move further up the analytics stack at a time when organizations of all sizes are making more investments in this area.


    Naturally, it may take a while for Tableau Software to fully integrate HyPer into its portfolio. But the acquisition of HyPer clearly signals an escalation in the battle between providers of visualization software and data warehouse platforms that have been traditionally used to host analytics applications.

    In the meantime, IT organizations would be well advised to keep an eye on the number of analytics databases that are starting to proliferate across the enterprise with or without their express permission.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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