Salesforce has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Tableau, combining the world’s #1 CRM with the #1 analytics platform to supercharge customers’ digital transformations. More information is available in our press release, and here are some frequently asked questions:
Who is Tableau?
Tableau pioneered self-service analytics with an intuitive analytics platform that empowers people of any skill level to work with data. More than 86,000 organizations around the world, such as Charles Schwab, Verizon, Schneider Electric, Southwest and Netflix, rely on Tableau to help them see and understand data.
How will Salesforce customers benefit from this combination?
Companies of every size and industry are transforming how they do business in the digital age—customers and data are at the heart of those transformations. With Tableau, Salesforce will play an even greater role in driving digital transformation, enabling companies around the world to tap into data across their entire business and surface deeper insights to make smarter decisions, drive intelligent, connected customer experiences and accelerate innovation. With Tableau and Einstein together, Salesforce will deliver the most intelligent and intuitive analytics and visualization platform for every department and every user at any company.
How will Tableau customers benefit from being part of the Salesforce family?
As part of Salesforce, Tableau will be positioned to scale and further its mission to help people see and understand data. Following close, Tableau will operate independently within Salesforce under the Tableau brand, driving forward a continued focus on its mission, customers and community with the full power of Salesforce behind them.
How will Salesforce support Tableau’s strategy and product roadmap?
Salesforce is committed to Tableau’s roadmap and vision. As part of the world’s #1 CRM company, Tableau will be able to accelerate its mission and deliver even more innovation to more people, faster than ever before. Tableau is going to continue to be laser-focused on delivering the innovations in analytics that customers need.
How will the acquisition affect the Salesforce Analytics product roadmap?
Salesforce has the best analytics for CRM with Einstein Analytics and Datorama. Tableau has the #1 analytics platform for every department and everyone at a company. With the acquisition of Tableau, Einstein Analytics and Datorama will continue to be core to our analytics strategy. We will be working over the next few months to jointly build a product roadmap that takes advantage of all the unique capabilities of each technology and brings to market a solution or set of solutions that enhances all three products.
When will the transaction close?
The acquisition of Tableau is expected to be completed in Salesforce’s fiscal third quarter ending October 31, 2019, subject to customary closing conditions, including the tender by Tableau stockholders of shares representing a majority of the Tableau common stock voting power, assuming all shares tendered or converted will be counted on a one-vote-per-share basis, and the receipt of regulatory approvals.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
The exchange offer referenced in this communication has not yet commenced. This communication is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares, nor is it a substitute for any offer materials that the Company will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). At the time the exchange offer is commenced, Salesforce and Purchaser will file a tender offer statement on Schedule TO, Salesforce will file a registration statement on Form S-4 and the Company will file a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC with respect to the exchange offer. THE EXCHANGE OFFER MATERIALS (INCLUDING AN OFFER TO EXCHANGE, A RELATED LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL AND CERTAIN OTHER EXCHANGE OFFER DOCUMENTS) AND THE SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. STOCKHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ THESE DOCUMENTS CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY’S SECURITIES SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISION REGARDING EXCHANGING THEIR SECURITIES. The Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, the Offer to Exchange, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other exchange offer documents will be made available to all of the Company’s stockholders at no expense to them. The exchange offer materials and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will be made available for free on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Salesforce will be available free of charge under the Financials heading of the Investor Relations section of Salesforce’s website at www.Salesforce.com/investor. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by the Company will be available free of charge under the SEC filings heading of the Investors section of the Company’s website at investors.tableau.com/.
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