Tableau Software, maker of the popular Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server data visualization tools, released its latest offering this morning – Tableau Online. The SaaS application runs entirely on Tableau’s servers and can be set up in just minutes, according to the product’s website.
This is Tableau’s first new product since the company’s May IPO.
Tableau Online not only brings enterprise-grade data exploration and visualization to the cloud, but it also addresses a largely untapped market – Mac users. While Mac users could previously access Tableau content online through Tableau Public and Tableau Server, they were unable to author and publish work. There is still no desktop version for OS X, but Tableau Online is compatible across the Apple ecosystem, including the iPad.
While Tableau shies away from explicitly mentioning Apple products, they make a not-so-subtle nod to their new userbase on the product website. For screenshots of the new product, the web browser of choice is Safari, laptop of choice the MacBook Pro, and tablet of choice the iPad.
The accompanying 2-minute product video shows Tableau Online running on only apple machines.
Tableau Online is compatible with the Tableau Mobile iPad and Android Apps, the Android Browser on Android 3.2 or later, Apple Safari for the iPad on iOS 4.3.3 or later, Internet Explorer 7 or later, Firefox 3.x or later, and Google Chrome. Tableau Online is available immediately at an annual cost of $500 per user, with no minimum number of users.
Jon Salm is an associate client analyst at Millward Brown Digital in New York City and a freelance data journalist in the Visual.ly marketplace. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from Washington and Lee University. You can find him online at about.me/salm.jon and follow him on twitter @S4LM3R.