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Tableau Software is holding its annual customer conference in Las Vegas this week, and the data visualization company showed off a slate of products and upgrades centered around, speed, simplicity and easy integration with other applications and operating systems.

At the conference this week, Tableau is launching the beta of Tableau 10.5, the latest evolution of its data visualization platform that started with the release of Tableau 10 last August. At the conference, Tableau CEO Adam Selipsky will show off the new products and capabilities to more than 14,000 customers in a keynote address.

Here is a sneak peek at some of Tableau’s keynote announcements:

  • Linux users are sure to be thrilled by news that Tableau Server finally be available on the open source operating system as part of Tableau 10.5.
  • Tableau has added a new Extensions API, which allows developers to build dashboard extensions that let users integrate third party applications into Tableau and use them without leaving the program.
  • First shown at last year’s conference, a product called Project Maestro extends the company’s reach beyond visualizing and analyzing data to preparing and organizing data. It is designed to allow users to fix issues simply and quickly. The product will debut in public beta later this quarter.
  • Tableau showcased the capabilities HyPer, a high performance database system born out of research done at the Technical University of Munich that Tableau last year this year. This technology will allow people to extract, visualize and analyze data in seconds, a process that used to take hours. The technology, Tableau said, can “slice and dice half a billion rows of data in sub-seconds” and let enterprises scale up their use of Tableau without slowing down performance.
Tableau CEO Adam Selipsky speaks at Tableau Conference 2016. (Tableau Software Photo.)

Selipsky has made it past the one-year mark as CEO, after coming over to the company from Amazon Web Services. He quickly made an impact on the business, fundamentally changing how Tableau delivers its service. The company is continuing in its transition from licenses to subscriptions, and in April announced subscription pricing. Selling subscriptions, rather than perpetual licenses, lets Tableau make its products more available to a variety of organizations and easier to use for thousands of employees at large businesses, the company says.

Under Selipsky, Tableau’s stock has begun recovering from a rocky period at the beginning of last year. Shares tumbled from an all-time of $127 in mid 2015 to a low of $41 in early 2016. Throughout 2016 the stock failed to regain value, but since the beginning of this year shares have risen close to 84 percent.

Tableau reported in its latest quarterly earnings results that its global headcount jumped to 3,305. After several quarters of either a flat headcount or a reduction, Tableau brought on 112 new people in the second quarter.

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