Tableau 2020.4 simplifies data preparation and management

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Enhancements include Tableau Prep browser based data management plus resource monitoring for Linux users

Tableau Software this week announced the general availability of Tableau 2020.4. This latest release brings the “full suite” of Tableau Prep capabilities to the browser on Tableau Server and Tableau Online. This in turn simplifies enterprise-wide data preparation and analysis, according to the company.

They claim that the new addition lowers deployment costs across the organization. This is because it simplifies the data prep process by enabling analysts to build and edit their data flows without leaving their web browser.

Other capabilities introduced in Tableau 2020.4 include the ability to add unlimited spatial layers to maps. There is also a Resource Monitoring Tool (RMT) now available on Linux, and additional native data connectors.

“Tableau Prep has taken the tedious task of data preparation and made it accessible to anyone by making it easy, visual, and direct,” said Francois Ajenstat, chief product officer at Tableau. “Now anyone can access, build, and edit their data flows directly in the browser from anywhere, putting full data preparation capabilities in the hands of anyone in the organization. ” 

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Manage data anywhere from within a browser

Tableau Prep Builder aims to help customers easily combine, shape, and clean their data prior to analyzing it, according to Tableau. The solution uses the same drag-and-drop simplicity familiar to all Tableau users.

This process is New in 2020.4, and can now be done completely within a web browser. According to Tableau, this allows IT administrators to centrally manage deployment and version control without manually updating individual machines.

Moreover, they can perform all these functions without having to use a desktop.

New for Linux users: Resource Monitoring on

Tableau has added a Resource Monitoring Tool on Linux in 2020.4. Linux customers with the Server Management Add-on are now able to proactively monitor and troubleshoot the health of their deployments. According to Tableau, the tool delivers deep visibility into both hardware and software performance.

The RMT was previously only available on Windows-based deployments. Now Linux based customers can also identify issues causing slow load times, extract failures, and other critical issues that can impact the experience for end users.

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