Tableau Software just released Tableau 10.2. This delightful version upgrade is packed with a plethora of exciting advanced analytics capabilities, savvy mapping, more data connectors, enterprise management, API enhancements, and practical Section 508 accessibility functionality for government/public agency reporting that is lacking in other visualization platforms.


Tableau 10.2 release highlights include:

  • Python Integration New Python language integration enables advanced users and data scientists to call on Python scripts from within the Tableau calculation window using TabPy. Customers can use this functionality to develop advanced-analytics applications, and visualize their predictive models from Python in Tableau.
  • Integrated Covariance and Correlation This feature will help users better understand relationships in data.
  • Guided Table Calcs Improved user experience to simplify complex calculations at varying scopes and levels of detail.
  • Spatial File Connector In addition to Tableau’s existing rich mapping capabilities, Tableau now connects directly to ESRI Shapefiles, KML, GeoJSON and MapInfo file types.
  • 60+ Data Connectors With 10.2, Tableau now boasts 60+ native data connectors. Latest connectors include: Anaplan, Eloqua, Apache Drill, Microsoft SharePoint, JSON and Marketo. Many of these connectors are enhanced by Tableau engineering staff in partnership with data source vendors.
  • Export to CSV This practical enhancement is sure to excite data crunchers that love to use multiple tools for analysis including Excel.
  • Better SAP BW Connectivity Tableau 10.2 provides fine-grained controls over guest access to help ensure governance, and also improves the connectivity with SAP BW with Single Sign-on support. Tableau can now support the security rules defined in SAP BW and ensure that users can only see the data that they are authorized to see.
  • Improved Data Prep This latest version now lets users union tables from a database and easily combine fields for joins leveraging database structure and schemas more efficiently. Tableau 10.2 can automatically recognize dates (there are more than 250 ways to represent a date) and make dates uniform with just one click, no scripting or complex calculations required. In addition, transforming data from a string to a date type is easier with Automatic DateParse.
  • Finer Formatting Controls Multiple measure legend options and formatting controls provide more clarity. Story points now have a variety of display options and caption boxes.
  • Enterprise Security and Governance This release brings OpenID Connect improvements, guest access per site for Tableau Server, Tableau Mobile web authentication and MDM configuration parameter enhancements.
  • APIs and Extensibility Field specification in REST API, CORS and JSON support for JavaScript and web developers. New download of high-resolution images for your views on Tableau Server is a quite nice. Additional Extract API improvements in for spatial data types using WKT format. Document API improvements, Web Data Connector 2.2 and several sample projects were shared for customizing a portal and site to site migration. Lastly, Tableau Server Client now supports schedules, groups and does a better job of handling large downloads.
  • Section 508 Usability Tableau visualizations can now be made conformant to the current Web Content Accessibility Guidelines drafted by the Web Accessibility Initiative, commonly referenced as WCAG 2.0 AA. For government and public agency projects, this enhancement is key for delivering analytics to the general public.

The full interactive overview of new features in Tableau 10.2 is available at

Additional Areas of Investment

As Tableau Software continues to expand and mature in the analytics space, it is also investing heavily in enterprise management initiatives and several key verticals.

  • Focus on IT/Enterprise Tableau touts enterprise deployments at companies like Boston Scientific, Deloitte, AmeriPride and VMware where strong partnerships between IT and the business are happening. They are investing in more resources to better equip IT to successfully evaluate and deploy analytics. A solutions page designed specifically for IT is at
  • Healthcare More and more customers are using Tableau to drive decisions with healthcare analytics, including Seattle Children’s, Stamford Hospital, Piedmont Healthcare, and UMHS. With growing customer numbers and larger deployments in the healthcare industry, they’ve built a sales team focused specifically on enabling healthcare customers. They also have a healthcare-specific user group, solutions page and are publishing best practices to guides for customers Five Best Practices to Enable Population Health Management and Four ways data is improving healthcare operations.
  • Retail & Consumer Goods Tableau recently announced that 73% of the NRF Top 100 retailers use Tableau. They are seeing success with large deployments at companies like Redfin, GoPro, and PepsiCo. They also added best practices research, and new ways of exploring retail data including Six Trends in Retail Analytics for 2017 and Solutions Page for Retailers.