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How Tableau Business Science Lowers the Barrier to Data Science Techniques

  • To help democratize data science, Tableau is introducing Tableau Business Science, a new class of AI-powered analytics that lowers the barrier to data science techniques, enabling business users and analysts to make smarter decisions faster.
  • Tableau 2021.1 will deliver AI-generated predictions, insights and automated explanations to help people go beyond understanding what happened and why it happened, to explore likely business outcomes and inform proactive action.
  • Einstein Discovery in Tableau brings trusted, real-time predictions and recommendations from Einstein Discovery directly into Tableau products from data prep, to analysis, to interactive dashboards.

At Tableau, we’ve been democratizing analytics since the self-service revolution we led 18 years ago. Tableau fundamentally changed how people work by enabling anyone — from analysts to consumers — to see and understand their data. This self-service revolution helped people use data to answer questions at the speed of thought.

“Tableau fundamentally changed how people work by enabling anyone — from analysts to consumers — to see and understand their data. This self-service revolution helped people use data to answer questions at the speed of thought.”

Francois Ajenstat, Chief Product Officer, Tableau

Today, in this all-digital world, people need to make better decisions faster. Speed, agility and empowerment is the difference between thriving and barely surviving. Last year fast-tracked companies’ digital transformations across the board. Businesses with carefully planned multi-year digital transformations found themselves scaling in days or weeks. In fact, McKinsey found that consumer and business digital adoption vaulted forward five years in just eight weeks.

This rapid digital transformation is causing a data explosion — even chaos — as organizations determine how to best process this influx of information.

“This rapid digital transformation is causing a data explosion — even chaos — as organizations determine how to best process this influx of information.”

Francois Ajenstat, Chief Product Officer, Tableau

Organizations are turning to AI and data science to use data to optimize business processes and better predict business outcomes. Unfortunately, data science skills are in short supply resulting in massive backlogs of requests and many business problems unaddressed.

What if we could enable more people to use data science techniques without being data scientists? Where business users could automatically discover relevant patterns based on their data – without having to build sophisticated data models? What if everyone had a personal data scientist who is always available to quickly sift through huge amounts of data to find important patterns and make accurate predictions?  

We’ve found that many business people are capable of answering their own questions if given the right platform, freeing data scientists to work on more complex projects and higher-profile concerns.

It’s time for another big change — it’s time to democratize data science

Business Science is a new class of AI-powered analytics that lowers the barrier to data science techniques. 

It will transform the way we work by putting AI-powered analytics directly into the hands of skilled business people so they can make smarter, faster decisions with their data. It will empower more people with simplified model creation tools, predictions, what-if scenarios, forecasting, and other analytical methods to solve problems and improve processes on their own — all using clicks not code. Democratizing data science is the next step in realizing the power of what self-service AI can do.

Einstein Discovery powers predictions directly in Tableau

We already have a proven solution for this with Einstein Discovery, which is powering millions of predictions every day in Salesforce.

That’s why we are excited to announce Tableau 2021.1. Coming later this month, it’s the first product integration between Tableau and Einstein Analytics, bringing core AI technology from Einstein Discovery to every Tableau customer.

Integrating Einstein Discovery’s trusted, real-time predictions and recommendations into Tableau will help people go beyond understanding what happened and why it happened, to explore likely business outcomes, and inform proactive action. This integration is available across the entire Tableau platform from Data Prep to data exploration and interactive dashboards.

Einstein Discovery in Tableau brings trusted AI predictions and real-time recommendations directly into Tableau dashboards.

Together with Salesforce’s reputation as a leader in AI and our goal of empowering more organizations to apply data science to solve more problems, we believe we can revolutionize the world of Business Science the same way Tableau democratized visual analytics. It’s all part of our goal to grow Business Science as a new class of AI-powered analytics, putting data science techniques safely in the hands of business experts.

More information:

  • To read about the launch, go here.
  • More details about Tableau Business Science in this blog post
  • Dive deeper into Einstein Discovery Tableau product features in this blog post