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Tableau opens new APIs to developers

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Application programming interfaces are the glue of programming and apps. They enable disparate programs to use other programs/apps APIs to provide enhanced functionality – for example the search, speech and translate APIs in Microsoft’s ecosystem.

Tableau Software makes advanced data analytics and visualisation software. It has released new APIs that make it possible for developers to build new experiences for its customers and extend the possibilities of Tableau. Developers also have access to Tableau’s Developer Portal, Tableau’s community for developers to share, support and engage with fellow developers.

Tableau’s APIs give developers the flexibility to connect with any data source and integrate Tableau in any application for easily embedded analytics. The Tableau Community has used these APIs to build new Web Data Connectors, embed Tableau visualizations into websites, scrape data and create Tableau extracts, and build a tracking tool to follow interactions with visualizations.

These are just a few of the customised integrations with Tableau that help businesses make use of their data no matter where it’s stored, share insights with their customers in real-time and interact with Tableau in the way that works best for their employees and communities.

Francois Ajenstat, chief product officer at Tableau, said, “Tableau is opening up its platform to provide more choice and flexibility to customers. It is about enabling developers to build new experiences for people to more easily see and understand their data. And it is unleashing opportunities for developers to integrate embedded analytics into every area of the business.”

According to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms report, “Natural language generation of insights is the next phase in the evolution from standard reporting to storytelling with descriptive text to augment the visually depicted content.”

Stuart Frankel, chief executive of Narrative Science, said, “Our extension, Narratives for Tableau, enables Tableau Server, Tableau Public, and Tableau Online customers to generate intelligent narratives about their data visualisations that can be easily embedded and shared. Advanced NLG enables communication and sharing of data-driven insights more easily and effectively, and the market agrees. Narratives for Tableau has only been available for a few weeks, but the demand has exceeded our expectations.”

Tableau 10’s new APIs were created with input from the Tableau Community through its Developer Portal. The portal is designed for developers to access the APIs and SDKs, get samples, share best practices, get support from the community and engage with other developers.

The APIs are available now as part of Tableau 10, the latest version of the company’s software that was launched on 16 August. 

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