Sociable BI: Could ‘Tableau’ Become a Verb?

September 27, 2010
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Tableau visual data-analysis software embodies sociable BI, business intelligence that prizes accessibility, ease-of-use, and power, with a strong measure of collaboration and sharing, per Tableau Software‘s “Business Analytics For All” tag line. (Below: Rina Bongsu-Petersen’s Tableau rendering of U.S.

Tableau visual data-analysis software embodies sociable BI, business intelligence that prizes accessibility, ease-of-use, and power, with a strong measure of collaboration and sharing, per Tableau Software‘s “Business Analytics For All” tag line. (Below: Rina Bongsu-Petersen’s Tableau rendering of U.S. obesity data.) I do see that bit of self-description as more an aspiration than reality however, yet for the true believer, there are no limits, hence the statement by @googlea (Giedre Aleknonyte), reported on Twitter by @datadoodle (Ted Cuzzillo) and retweeted eight times, “Soon we’ll say that we ‘tableau’ data the way we now say we ‘google’ for information.” I responded, “Tableau’s nice, but it will NEVER win even 1% of Google’s name recognition.” But I also got to thinking, What would it take to make ‘tableau’ (or any BI software) a verb?