Business intelligence tool updates mapping capabilities

August 5th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Tableau 2019.2 includes new mapping capabilities to enhance how users analyse location data. The platform upgraded its background mapping technology, now powered by Mapbox, with vector maps, creating an experience that is not only smoother and sharper, but that allows users to see more detailed location data and perform analysis with more contextual background layers. The latest version also includes parameter actions for more visual interactivity, as well as several new community-requested features, including customisable tooltips in web authoring, a personalised Tableau Server homepage, improved dashboard building tools, and updates to AskData, Tableau’s natural language capability. The new vector based maps offer greater detail and a smoother browsing experience than image-based mapping products. This means when users zoom or pan, the platform scales the map accordingly, instead of loading images which breaks the flow of users’ analysis. Mapbox’s technology also provides new background mapping layers to add context to geospatial data, including subway and train stations, building footprints, terrain, and water labels. The new parameter actions is simple to use and makes it easier to do complicated interactive analytics like point-in-time and comparative analysis.

Contact Angela Woodward, Tableau Software, awoodward@tableau.com

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