Community, Conversations and Connectivity at Tableau 2019

Community, Conversations and Connectivity at Tableau 2019

November 22, 2019 0 Comments
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The Progress DataDirect team was excited to sponsor, attend, and converse about connectivity with the data community at the Tableau Conference in Las Vegas this month.

Tableau has been holding its annual conference for more than a decade. More than 18,000 attended this year’s event, dubbed TC19 (hashtag #data19), at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. After four days, three keynotes, thousands of data “rock stars,” and an amazing #DataNightOut, all 18,000 seemed delighted with their opportunity to meet other Tableau users from around the world who were there to see and understand data. 

Topics like AI, mapping, and data skills were on the agenda every time we spoke with a Tableau employee (“Tabloid”), a customer, a community member, or a conference speaker. It was particularly rewarding to discuss how DataDirect has become the trusted vendor for more than 350 ISVs and more than 10,000 enterprises for all of their analytics, integration and data management needs.

Naturally, all of this got summarized in the keynote presentation by Tableau’s CEO, Adam Selipsky. In the first conference since Tableau’s acquisition by Salesforce, he chatted not just about data, but the human things the company is doing, like its partnership with Splash to provide clean water to children in two of the world’s largest cities. But Adam also sat with Salesforce chairman, founder, and co-CEO, Marc Benioff. Together, they reviewed their customer-centric vision for the future of Tableau. Unsurprisingly, it’s more innovation and continued focus on the mission to help people see and understand data.

But you couldn’t be anywhere in the Mandalay conference facility without making a connection. One cool way of doing that was at #data19’s Data Village, where people introduced themselves and connected through an interactive viz literally made of yarn, and thoughts were shared in the Databrain bubbles.

Data Village

At our Progress booth, we had the opportunity to introduce our connectivity know-how to the Tableau community, discussing the advantages of on-premises connectivity and open analytics. Visitors to the booth walked away with the Progress 2018 Data Connectivity Annual Report, the Autonomous REST Connector data sheet and a whitepaper laying out our solution for connecting any application to any REST API quickly and without coding, so that it’s all about the data and not the code.

The Progress DataDirect Autonomous Rest Connector solution turned out to be the focus of our in-depth conversations with attendees. It’s the industry’s first data connectivity solution that enables organizations to build enterprise-grade connectors for any application within minutes without custom coding, delivering seamless, real-time connectivity between REST API data and ODBC/JDBC applications and tools. It’s the perfect solution in an environment in which enterprises have turned to APIs as a result of the continually increasing number of enterprise applications generating massive volumes of data. Through APIs like REST and OData, organizations can access data using Autonomous REST Connector from widely used BI, analytics, and development platforms traditionally based on SQL.

The power of Autonomous REST Connector is that it eliminates the complexity of software engineering and opens the creative door to anyone that needs to analyze data and develop the insights that data visualization tools like Tableau can deliver.

We also reminded visitors that we are a Tableau trusted partner.

Visitors to the booth got some great trade show swag: drink koozies, fidget spinners, and USB mini fans, all for keeping your cool while managing your data.

Progress Booth

We are looking forward to continuing the conversations we began with our #DataFam at #data19 and plan to reunite with everyone at #data20

PS. Download our Autonomous REST Connector whitepaper here.

Howard Davidson

Howard Davidson

Howard Davidson is the proud brand manager for Progress DataDirect. He’s been developing b2b strategy, creating content, increasing brand awareness and driving leads for nearly several decades. Follow Howard on Twitter @hdavidson and on LinkedIn.

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