Tableau 8.2 Brings Data to the Mac and Data Storytelling to Everyone

Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) today announced the general availability of Tableau 8.2, an update that brings Tableau to Mac users around the world and adds a feature to help people tell stories with their data. With Tableau 8.2, Mac users will have a fully-featured analytics application that lets them ask questions of their data. Story Points will allow everyone to create interactive, data-driven stories that they can share with their organizations, networks and the world.

Visualization of the Week: Measuring the Housing Market

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Freddie Mac created an intriguing visualization on its inaugural Multi-Indicator Market Index. Below is a sample visualization using Tableau. To use the interactive visualization, click HERE. Use the maps to select a state and explore the data on a national, state and metro level.     Sign up for the free insideBIGDATA newsletter.

MapR Technologies Launches Industry’s First Apache Hadoop Application Gallery

MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of a leading distribution for Apache Hadoop, today launched at Hadoop Summit the industry’s first Hadoop application gallery. Launching with solutions from a wide range of Hadoop ecosystem partners, the MapR App Gallery is designed to help customers derive greater business value from big data as they scale-out their enterprise data architectures.

Alteryx and DataSift Partnership Unifies Social and Enterprise Data

Alteryx, Inc., a leader in data blending and advanced analytics, and DataSift, a leading enterprise social data platform, has announced a global partnership to provide an intuitive way for the millions of analysts in departments such as marketing, merchandising and supply chain to blend social data with other data sources for advanced analytics that deliver deeper business insights.

Visualization of the Week: MLS 2014 Players Salary

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Here is an intriguing sports visualization from our friend Steven Fenn over at the Stat Hunting blog for the 2014 MLS salaries by player and team.

Data Scientists Losing their Sex Appeal?

At year end 2013, a probing article appeared in CMS Wire, “The End of Data Scientists and Other Predictions.” I remember reading it at the time and thinking to myself, “Oh well, I better fire up a screenplay template in Word like everyone else here in LA and start typing because I’ll be out of work soon.”

Tableau in the Cloud Continues to Grow

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Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) today announced that more than 1,000 customer accounts are using its cloud-based product, Tableau Online. The milestone comes just nine months after the company announced the hosted version of Tableau Server, making it Tableau’s fastest-growing product.

Cloudera Enterprise 5 Released

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Cloudera, a leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop™, today announced the general availability of Cloudera Enterprise 5, the latest release of Cloudera’s Hadoop platform that sits at the core of an enterprise data hub.

The Zen of Visual Analysis

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“Tableau Desktop is based on breakthrough technology from Stanford University that lets you drag & drop to analyze data. You can connect to data in a few clicks, then visualize and create interactive dashboards with a few more. We’ve done years of research to build a system that supports people’s natural ability to think visually. Shift fluidly between views, following your natural train of thought. You’re not stuck in wizards or bogged down writing scripts. You just create beautiful, rich data visualizations.”

Visualization of the Week: March Madness Analytics

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Here is a great interactive visualization app that combines data analytics with March Madness – a match-up guide for the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Jay Lewis of 64 to 1 developed a Tableau app that lets us quickly compare each of the 68 NCAA tournament teams head to head.