Tableau, a data analytics and business intelligence solution provider, has launched new APIs that allow developers to build new apps and services on top of the Tableau platform. To assist, Tableau has expanded its Developer Portal, where Tableau's developer community can share, support and engage each other.
"Tabeleau is opening up our platform to provide more choice and flexibility to our customers," Francois Ajenstat, Tableau Chief Product Officer, commented in a press release. "It's about enabling developers to build new experiences for people to more easily see and understand their data. It's about enabling automation and simplification to deploy Tableau. And it's unleashing opportunities for developers to integrate embedded analytics into every area of the business."
Tableau's suite of APIs allow developers to connect with endless data sources. Further, the APIs allow developers to integrate Tableau with any application for truly embedded analytics. Tableau has already experienced remarkable integrations with early partners. From new Web Data Connectors and embedded Tableau visualizations, to data scrapers and tracking tools, Tableau's APIs have been leveraged to bring new meaning to data gathered and produced across numerous apps and services. Early partners like Automated Insights, Narrative Science, Yseop, and The Information Lab, have praised the potential:
"We're dedicated to helping everyone make use of their data, wherever it lives," Craig Bloodworth, The Information Lab CTO, continued in the press release. "Tableau's Web Data Connector makes it easy for us to build connectors that tap into the world of data on the Web and help all Tableau users discover brand new insights and make quick decisions."
Tableau envisions a number of specific use cases for the APIs (i.e. automating administrative tasks with REST APIs, leveraging data integration and data preparation processes, creating template workbooks that easily deploy across multiple servers/databases, and extending core Tableau capabilities with third-party solutions). Tableau created and launched the new APIs in response to and with support from the Tableau developer community.
Those interested can access APIs, SDKs, samples, best practices, and support from Tableau and the community through the Developer Portal. All APIs are currently available as part of Tableau 10. If your app or service generates, gathers, or utilizes data that could be leveraged for better business intelligence, consider where Tableau's offering may fit in your organization.