August 2, 2011 – In response to the explosive growth in the mobile business intelligence and tablet markets, Tableau focused its latest release on mobile device view support and iPad touch navigation.

Views from both Tableau Server and Tableau Public of the new version of its BI platform, Tableau 6.1, are optimized for Mobile Safari and the iPad, with controls for filters, scrolling and other actions based on touch. As part of the mobile leap, Tableau now has an app for Tableau 6.1 for report collaboration and browsing.

Francois Ajenstat, Tableau director of product management, says that a wave of user and market requests prompted the addition of features for iPad and mobile that connect with the vendor’s data crunching and visualization capabilities.

Other features in 6.1 include a faster in-memory data engine with added data extraction updates and automation, new localization functionality through data maps and French and German versions, as well as additional visualization and dashboard enhancements.

“The whole mobile BI world has just exploded in the last 18 months … and executives want to consume their analytics, their BI, on a mobile platform,” Ajenstat says.

Boris Evelson, business process analyst for Forrester Research, who was briefed on the updated Tableau platform, pointed to the new mobile capabilities as part of the trend of vendors catching up over the last few months to advances with BI use for tablets.

“[L]arger form factor devices such as tablets and innovative approaches to online/offline BI technical architecture will boost mobile BI adoption and maturity in the near future,” Evelson wrote in a March report.


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