January 19, 2012 – Tableau emphasized data sharing and connectivity on the latest generation of its namesake business intelligence platform.

Central and new to Tableau 7.0 is the Data Server, a feature that enables any business data user to add their own customized needs or input from outside programs and sources, and publish an extract or database connection to the centralized data. Francois Ajenstat, Tableau’s director of product marketing, says that the aim was to give data under a central repository a twist of personal alterations – useful, for example, when data definitions hold different meanings across an enterprise – and functionality for sharing across the enterprise without losing the data model framework.

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