Tableau making name for itself: "Started as a government research project on the Stanford campus seven years ago, the team behind Tableau worked down the hall from Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. In fact, the two companies share more than a common address, co-founder and CEO Christian Chabot said.

'We are like the sister company of Google in some sense, and I want to say that lightly so it is not misinterpreted,' Chabot said. 'But Google was trying to make unstructured databases easy to use, and Tableau was founded to make structured databases easy to use.'

The difference is that Tableau's software creates a graphical interface for 'old-fashioned' databases such as Oracle, SQL Server and Excel while Google's technology is built for unstructured data on the Internet, he said."


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