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Tableau Acquired Another Startup ClearGraph For NLP

Intelligence firm plans to use ClearGraph’s NLP query to enable smart data

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Tableau Acquired New Startup for there Business Intelligence Stream

Business intelligence firm Tableau announced Wednesday it’s acquiring ClearGraph, a three-year-old startup that uses natural language processing to search enterprise data. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 Tableau plans to integrate ClearGraph’s technology into Tableau’s products, enabling smart data discovery and data analysis. The move comes just a couple months after Tableau introduced its first “smart” features.

“Natural language queries will make it easier for more people to interact with Tableau, whether you’re an executive who needs an answer quickly, or on a mobile phone and want an answer from your data on the move,” Tableau’s chief product officer Francois Ajenstat said in a statement. “We’re excited about this acquisition as the ClearGraph team shares our mission and is aligned with our innovation perspectives on conversational analytics.”

ClearGraph was founded in 2014 (and it was previously called Argo and Arktos) and the company says that it currently has “dozens” of customers, including a number of large enterprises. While the company doesn’t disclose who its customers are (which is not unusual in the enterprise space), Ajenstat tells me that they include financial institutions, retailers and major internet companies. As Ajenstat noted, every company today struggles to make its data accessible to more of its employees, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that ClearGraph’s customers span a wide range of verticals.

ClearGraph’s unique natural language query technology makes it easy to access and analyse data without any technical training. It stores semantic data in knowledge graphs, which can expand and learn over time. A customer could, for example, ask for “Total sales by customers who purchased staples in New York,” then filter the results to, “orders in the last 30 days,” then group the results by, “project owner’s department.”

ClearGraph’s five employees will join Tableau in its Palo Alto, Calif. Office and focus on integrating their underlying technology into Tableau products. The Silicon Valley firm was founded in 2014 by Andrew Vigneault and Ryan Atallah. The company received $1.53 million in funding from investors including Accel Partners and Great Oaks Venture Capital.

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