Big Data // Big Data Analytics
News
3/8/2013
01:51 PM
Connect Directly
Facebook
Google+
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Tableau Makes Visual Analytics Tool Free For Students

Students enrolled at accredited schools worldwide can use the data-visualization desktop client that usually sells for $2,000.

 Big Data Analytics Masters Degrees: 20 Top Programs
Big Data Analytics Masters Degrees: 20 Top Programs
(click image for larger view and for slideshow)
Eager to see more students learn data visualization, Tableau Software on Tuesday announced it would provide its desktop tool to students under a free, one-year license.

Tableau for Students is available for accredited colleges and universities, as well as K-12 institutions. Students can apply online to receive a product code for Tableau Desktop Professional.

Tableau had already offered a student discount for its desktop client, which retails for $2,000 per user.

But the free license offer points to the company's belief that data analytics should be understood by many more people -- and not just computer science and statistics majors. This could also help address the much-reported shortage of big data workers, Francois Ajenstat, Tableau's director of product management told InformationWeek in a phone call.

[ Can elementary school students handle big data? See Big Data Education: When Should It Start? ]

Some 10,000 organizations worldwide already use software from Tableau, which also makes an enterprise server. Commercial customers include Barclays, Deloitte, Ferrari, Intel, Johns Hopkins Hospital, SpaceX and Unilever.

In early 2010, the company released Tableau Public, a Web-based, free-to-use analytics tool. Tableau Public is limited to 100,000 rows of data and can be saved only to Tableau Public servers.

"Think of it as a YouTube for data," Ajenstat said about Tableau Public, which he said had been viewed some 100 million times since its launch.

The hope, Ajenstat said, is that teachers and students using the desktop client will post their work to Tableau Public, spurring comments and development, especially for data-visualization applications outside computer science and statistics. (A full list of academic institutions using Tableau today can be found here.)

Training for Tableau for Students will be handled by an existing series of free-to-watch videos and tutorials on the company's website.

After the year license for Tableau for Students expires, students can apply for a year extension, Ajenstat said.

Attend Interop Las Vegas May 6-10 and learn the emerging trends in information risk management and security. Use Priority Code MPIWK by March 22 to save an additional $200 off the early bird discount on All Access and Conference Passes. Join us in Las Vegas for access to 125+ workshops and conference classes, 300+ exhibiting companies, and the latest technology. Register today!

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Oldest First  |  Newest First  |  Threaded View
D. Henschen
50%
50%
D. Henschen,
User Rank: Author
3/8/2013 | 8:39:30 PM
re: Tableau Makes Visual Analytics Tool Free For Students
Ooh, Ooh, I'm a student. I swear!. Actually you don't need to try to fake youth. Just use the free Tableau Public site for small-business-scale data visualization. Look for it on the "Tableau Software" site.
6 Tools to Protect Big Data
6 Tools to Protect Big Data
Most IT teams have their conventional databases covered in terms of security and business continuity. But as we enter the era of big data, Hadoop, and NoSQL, protection schemes need to evolve. In fact, big data could drive the next big security strategy shift.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Government Tech Digest Oct. 27, 2014
To meet obligations -- and avoid accusations of cover-up and incompetence -- federal agencies must get serious about digitizing records.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of October 26, 2014 and for the incredible Friday Afternoon Conversation that runs beside the program.
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.