Tableau Online 9.0 Adds Complete Redesign, New Data Connections, and Single Sign-On

Tableau’s cloud analytic solution, Tableau Online, is being upgraded to version 9.0. The new release enables  faster performance, and provides additional live database connection support, single sign-on, and other new features designed to help users do more with their data in the cloud. “We’re helping organizations transition analytics to the cloud by providing more flexible solutions that adapt to their environment,” said Ashley Jaschke, product manager at Tableau. 

According to Tableau, its cloud analytic solution is its fastest-growing product, offering an enterprise-grade, cloud business intelligence solution that makes rapid-fire analytics easier than ever. “We’re updating Tableau Online to be faster, more flexible and easier to integrate into an organization’s ecosystem,” Jaschke said.

New Features in Tableau Online 9.0

The new update brings a complete redesign of Tableau Online to deliver a faster, more scalable, resilient, and extensible platform with capabilities such as parallel queries, query fusion, vectorization and smarter query caches that will make Tableau Online as much as 10 times faster.

In addition, the update allows more data connections with new support to let people connect directly to popular databases like MySQL, Postgres, and SQL Server on cloud-hosted platforms including Amazon RDS and Windows Azure. Tableau Online already offers existing support for Amazon Redshift and Google BigQuery, Google Analytics, and

Tableau Online will offer a new way for people to keep on-premises data fresh in the cloud called Tableau Online Sync. This improvement will let organizations transition their data to the cloud, making it easier to keep cloud analytics up to date, according to Tableau.

The update also increases security with a single sign-on support via SAML2.0, allowing embedding and Active Directory synchronization through corporate identity providers. In addition, the 9.0 release allows more ways to see data in the everyday tools, with support for embedding of Tableau dashboards in Salesforce via Canvas. “Now when customers sign into Salesforce, they can embed their Tableau dashboards and have a seamless experience as they work in the Salesforce platform with their Tableau visualization,” Jaschke said.

Companies that are either currently using cloud technologies or thinking about transitioning to the cloud will benefit from the 9.0 update, according to Jaschke. “The target audience is anyone looking to get started quickly with sharing and interacting with their analytics in a secure way.”

Tableau’s ultimate goal is to provide an end-to-end cloud analytic solution. “We’ll continue making improvements to make it even faster and more scalable for our customers,” Jaschke said. “Our ultimate goal is for us to help organizations go cloud with their analytics and that’s the flexibility we are providing with our data solution and our new updates.”

Expansion of Tableau Public

In addition to this update, Tableau Public Premium will officially be free to all Tableau Public authors and will now support data sets of up to 10 million rows so that anyone can analyze nearly all publicly available datasets for free, with storage limits being increased to 10GB for everyone.

Tableau Public is a free platform for sharing and discovering data stories on the web, and is used by journalists, students, scientists, and data enthusiasts.

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