Tableau Software, a developer of visual analysis and reporting systems for the business intelligence industry, announced the availability of its first products.  The products enable people of any technical ability to see and understand the information in databases by using a unique drag and drop interface.  Tableau promotes what it terms "visual thinking" by producing interactive pictures of data rather than static rows and columns.

Tableau Software is the culmination of five years of research and development that originated in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University .  The project was initiated through a DARPA grant sponsored by the US Department of Defense.  Under the leadership of co-founders Pat Hanrahan and Chris Stolte, the Tableau development team has produced a fundamentally new way of interacting with the desktop files, relational databases, and OLAP servers that are the backbone of the $20 billion database and business intelligence industries.

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