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Tableau Execs Talk About New Software, Battling Microsoft, M&A and More

Eric Jhonsa

This week, Tableau, a top provider of business intelligence and data visualization software, officially launched Ask Data, a feature that lets users of its software make natural-language data requests (for example, "What were our sales in Italy in January?," or "How much did our inventory grow over the last week?"). The feature, which leverages technology obtained from Tableau's 2017 acquisition of startup ClearGraph, is part of a new release for Tableau's analytics software known as 2019.1. It follows the April 2018 launch of a low-cost Viewer subscription option for Tableau's software that aimed to grow the company's reach with rank-and-file office workers.