Over the past six weeks, OpenBI’s been a part of the just-completed Tableau 8.0 Roadshow that presented in cities across the country. If our sample of five shows is at all representative, Tableau 8.0 will assuredly be a hit. Nice timing with a pending IPO.

I’ve been a big Tableau fan over five years. For exploratory visualization that’s at the heart of both advanced analytics and data science, Tableau’s top shelf. Its intuitive, easy-to-navigate interface, powerful “small multiples” visualizations and far-reaching connectivity are nonpareil. I’ve experienced terrific performance against billion row Vectorwise tables using native database connectivity, while Tableau’s “in-memory-like” storage engine can be blazingly fast, even against 10’s of millions of extract records on a Wintel notebook.

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