Tableau Enables Developers to Extend Functionality with New Extensions API in 2018.2 Release

Tableau Software today announced the general availability of Tableau 2018.2, introducing a new exciting Extensions API which enables customers to drag and drop third party functionality directly into a dashboard. With the new function, Tableau customers can now more easily administer Tableau Server directly in the browser. The software has also included the ability to join data sources based on spatial data, and brand new mobile dashboard formatting tools to improve mobile consumption of analytical content.

“The Extensions API in Tableau 2018.2 unleashes the innovation of our community. For the first time, customers, partners, and developers can add new functionality right into the Tableau platform,” said Francois Ajenstat, Chief Product Officer at Tableau. “From custom visualizations and write-back, to advanced and predictive analytics, the possibilities are endless and only limited by a developer’s creativity.”

Some other features include:
  • New Tableau Services Manager (TSM): The redesigned management architecture lets customers update several Tableau Server configurations without restarting the server, resulting in less downtime
  • Spatial Join: As part of continuous improvements based on feedback from the Tableau Community, the new Spatial Join helps to connect various data sources together with a single common attribute like location
“With extensions available in the new release, Oak Consulting can now provide our customers with written analytics directly in their dashboard enabling them to extract insights from their data in Tableau faster than before. Oak Consulting consistently looks at delivering a complete solution to serve our customers analytics needs and Tableau’s extensions take us one step closer in this direction, ” said Victor Ng, Executive Director of Oak Consulting.