Tableau get bought by Salesforce

Looker & Tableau get bought out by Google and Salesforce.

Over the last week we have seen the announcement that Google is buying Looker for $2.6 billion. Then hot on its heals the huge news that Salesforce is buying Tableau for $15.7 billion.


Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud is shaking things up by purchasing Looker, which is Googles third largest acquisition ever. Looker was formed in 2011, to find ways to gain real time insights in the ever growing data companies are generating. Google is looking to integrate it into it’s Cloud services. This is the first acquisition under Thomas Kurain, who is just six months into the job.


On the other hand, Tableau is a 2D data visualisation company, not 3D like our own here at Slanted Theory. Tableau went public in 2013, with a share price hitting $136 this year. In a bid to build up its visualisation Salesforce Marc Benioff chairman and co-CEO in a statement said “We are bringing together the world’s #1 CRM with the #1 analytics platform. Tableau helps people see and understand data, and Salesforce helps people engage and understand customers. It’s truly the best of both worlds for our customers–bringing together two critical platforms that every customer needs to understand their world”. Salesforce plans to pair Tableau with its Einstein platform.

It’s unknown if the announcement of Salesforce purchase of Tableau was as a direct result to Google’s Looker buy out. However we know the analytics market is hotting up. It just goes to show that the word of data intelligence is continuing to grow. Well designed data visualization is a hot commodity to help people understand how they can use their data to benefit them.

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