Tableau software adds new features to its analytics software

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Tableau Software said it has added new features to its analytics software, expanding capabilities.

The new release brings advanced mapping capabilities that make complex geospatial analysis easy, simplifies data prep with new ways to combine and clean data, and gives enterprises more tools to deliver self-service analytics at scale.

The Spatial File Connector allows customers to leverage their spatial data directly in Tableau for easy geospatial analysis. Tableau now connects to ESRI Shapefiles, KML, GeoJSON and MapInfo file types.

To reduce the complexity of combining and cleaning data for analysis, the new version now lets people union tables from a database, leveraging database structure and schemas more efficiently.

The new offering 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.

Transforming data from a string to a date type is easy with Automatic DateParse – just change the data type and Tableau will do all the heavy lifting.

“The need to see and understand data has never been greater,” said Andrew Beers, Chief Development Officer at Tableau Software. “Enhancements in Tableau 10.2 make advanced analytics easier, faster and more scalable,” he added.

The launch of the updated version follows the introduction of 10.1 version in November 2016.