— Tableau Software is revamping a core part of its
technology to analyze data faster, a move intended to
keep up with its customers’ increasing big-data needs.
Seattle company, which makes software to visualize
analytics, is introducing its so-called Hyper engine in
a software update Wednesday. The technology is designed
to make the data-visualization process five times
faster, meaning businesses can input millions of data
points and see results in seconds.
use Tableau to make sense of information about
everything from auto-sale trends to health-care-product
inventory. As data continues to get easier to collect
and there is more to analyze, Tableau’s software
needed to keep up.
a natural and necessary product evolution," Gartner
analyst Cindi Howson said. "It keeps up with
current demand, and it improves the satisfaction with
existing customers to let them continue to do faster,
more sophisticated analytics within Tableau."
company has faced growing competition from a number of
smaller rivals, as well as entrenched players such as
Microsoft with its Power BI product. Adding Hyper should
help Tableau bring in new large customers as well as
keep its existing users satisfied as they grow, Gartner
analyst Rita Sallam said.
research shows Tableau ranks sixth in market share for
the overall analytics software industry, but it holds
the top spot in the more specific "modern BI
platforms" industry, with 28.3 percent market
Hyper technology was developed by a team at the
Technical University of Munich. Tableau acquired the
company that they spun out, called HyPer, in March 2016.
HyPer focused on allowing users to add more information
at the same time that data was being analyzed and
processed, without slowing anything down.
Tableau customers can upgrade to the newest version of
the software whenever they want—it doesn’t cost more—and
all data and tools should transfer over smoothly, said
Tableau chief product officer Francois Ajenstat.
the main reason the company took 18 months to integrate
Hyper into the Tableau software. It wanted to make sure
that all tools and processes worked the same way with
the new engine and there would be no glitches, he said.
has been testing the new system since summer.
advantage of Hyper is yet to come. It will serve as the
basis for Tableau’s yet-to-be-released
data-preparation product that will help companies get
their data ready to be analyzed.
announcement of the Hyper integration could signal that
this product, called Maestro while in development, will
be released soon.