Tableau Community, Meet Salesforce and the Trailblazers

Francois Ajenstat
le Juin 10, 2019

Hello Tableau Community,

We have big news to share, Tableau has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Salesforce.

I know, shocker, right?!?

This emerged as a really special opportunity to accelerate our mission. We’ve been at this for a while, from those original days at Stanford when Chris, Christian, and Pat came together with the crazy idea that they could make data understandable by ordinary people. That turned into a revolution with visual analytics that are now used by millions of people worldwide.

At the same time, despite the success, we have only touched a fraction of the people who can benefit. The opportunity is much bigger now than we originally realized sixteen years ago. There is so much more to do. Joining Salesforce will help us accelerate and expand the change in the world we are so fanatical about.

Following the closing, we expect to be operating independently under the Tableau brand. The passionate Tableau team will still be here to support you. We’ll still wake up every day, thinking about what we can do to help even more people see and understand data. We’ll still come to work every day, striving to build analytics products you love to use. And we’ll still be big supporters and participants in the amazing Tableau Community.

There is no better representation of what makes Tableau unique than the Tableau Community. Beyond of course the product, the Tableau Community has been both why and how we’ve succeeded together. How we’ve grown our careers. How we’ve helped our companies be smarter and more productive. How we’ve supported the organizations that make the world a better place.

The core elements of the Tableau Community won’t change. We’ll keep engaging with each other via Tableau Public, Tableau Conferences, and Tableau User Groups. We’ll still work together with the Tableau Zen Masters and Tableau Ambassadors who give back and provide mentorship and guidance for the Tableau Community.

I know this is a lot to get your head around, especially for those that have been on this journey with us the longest. You might be thinking the Tableau Community is going to lose what makes it so special. I don’t see it that way. I see this as an opportunity to amplify the great work we’ve started together. Part of what makes this a great match is Salesforce’s own passion for community. More than a 1.4 people in the Trailblazer Community coming together to learn, connect, have fun, and give back. Sound familiar? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting there could be anything out there like the Tableau Community. But these look like pretty great allies to keep finding even more ways to make Community amazing.

Yesterday, our mission was to help people see and understand data. Guess what – same mission tomorrow, but we get to go faster and have even more impact together. Looking forward to seeing you at TCE and TC!

Together, we are Extraordinary,
Francois Ajenstat, CPO


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