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Salesforce Unveils New AI-Driven Tools, Tableau GPT and Tableau Pulse, for Enhanced Data Analytics

Salesforce has recently made an exciting announcement regarding the launch of two cutting-edge tools, Tableau GPT and Tableau Pulse, aimed at revolutionizing AI-assisted data analytics. These innovative tools harness the power of generative AI to deliver an enhanced data analysis experience, providing Tableau users with automatic data analysis and personalized analytics capabilities.

The introduction of Tableau GPT and Tableau Pulse is set to reshape how Tableau users interact with and analyze their data, significantly boosting efficiency and accuracy in the field of data analytics.

Tableau GPT is specifically designed to simplify access to AI-powered analytics, enabling employees to make well-informed decisions rapidly and effectively. By leveraging this tool, users can effortlessly generate visualizations and gain valuable insights by conversing with Tableau GPT within the console. Furthermore, Tableau GPT actively offers suggestions for new charts, visualizations, and questions based on user interactions.

Complementing Tableau GPT, Tableau Pulse provides business users and data consumers with a personalized analytics experience. Leveraging the automated insights generated by Tableau GPT, Tableau Pulse equips users with tailored metrics that are both easily understandable and actionable. These personalized metrics empower users to uncover new opportunities, anticipate and address issues proactively, and ultimately make better-informed decisions.

Salesforce emphasizes that the integration of Tableau’s composable analytics and Salesforce Data Cloud capabilities will unify customer data, facilitating the delivery of swift insights at scale. By harnessing the power of generative AI in analytics and leveraging real-time data from the Data Cloud, Tableau aims to empower individuals at all levels to make data-driven decisions with ease.

In addition to the aforementioned tools, Salesforce has also introduced the VizQL Data Service, a valuable resource that enables users to seamlessly embed Tableau into automated business workflows. Equipped with a user-friendly programming interface, developers can now effortlessly construct composable data products, eliminating the complexities associated with query construction and data modeling.

With the launch of Tableau GPT, Tableau Pulse, and the VizQL Data Service, Salesforce is driving innovation in the realm of data analytics, empowering organizations and individuals alike to unlock the full potential of their data and make data-driven decisions effortlessly. These advancements mark a significant leap forward in the field and herald a new era of AI-assisted data analytics.

Empowering data analytics through generative AI

Using Salesforce’s Einstein GPT on the backend, Tableau GPT and empowers users to surface new insights conversationally by asking questions within the console. The new tools also provide visual and easily digestible data analysis, enabling users to identify appropriate actions for their data.

For instance, if a user notices a metric is off-track, Tableau GPT will analyze and present the data visually, providing the user with insights so they can take appropriate action.

For its part, Tableau Pulse provides users with an AI-powered personalized experience, transforming how they work with data.

For example, it alerts users when a CSAT score decreases unusually; identifies potential causes, such as high levels of active tickets and longer response times; and delivers relevant and timely insights to keep users informed of their business’s performance.

Users can also collaborate and act on these insights directly within their usual workflow using collaboration tools like Slack and email.

“Tableau Pulse couldn’t exist without Tableau GPT, and classic Tableau workflows are streamlined or enhanced with Tableau GPT,” the spokesperson told VentureBeat. “Tableau Pulse uses Tableau GPT to provide automated analytics based on personalized metrics that are easy to understand and act on. It surfaces insights in both natural language and visual format so users get the information they need in a digestible way. And, with tight integrations with collaboration tools like Slack and email, users can share insights directly with colleagues within their workflow.”

Tableau GPT assists analysts by facilitating natural language calculations, recommending appropriate charts and visualizations, and automatically generating descriptions of data sources. For business users, Tableau GPT provides natural insights in plain language and even proactively presents the questions that the user might ask next.

Additionally, Tableau Pulse will act as a personalized guide for users’ data, understanding their data and the results they hope to achieve. As a result, it can deliver targeted and customized insights that are meaningful to the user.

“Since it’s powered by generative AI, you can talk to the new tools [as if there were] an advisor sitting in front of you. As a result, Tableau Pulse makes data friendly and easy for everyone, even non-technical users, and allows them to bring more value to their organization because they’re making smarter decisions,” said the Tableau spokesperson.

The company asserts that this marks the first Salesforce/Tableau application created from the ground up for generative AI. The new tools exceed the typical “natural language to query” or “natural language to viz” capabilities, harnessing the full potential of large language models.

“These surface as insight summaries, conversational experiences, and assisted curation (metric bootstrapping) and will progress to an agentic model in the near future. Our analytics agent will be able to semi-autonomously reason, dig for insights, come to conclusions, make recommendations and take action with human validation and input,” the spokesperson added.

The company clarified to VentureBeat that its Data Cloud offering will enable the unification of a company’s data from all channels and interactions into single, real-time customer profiles. In addition, when paired with Tableau, customer data can be visualized, making it easier for users to explore and derive insights.

Data Cloud’s zero-copy data-sharing feature allows users to virtually access Data Cloud data from other databases, providing instant accessibility. With “instant analytics,” a new capability within Data Cloud for Tableau, users can analyze and visualize Data Cloud data live inside Tableau. Additionally, they can query millions of records with one click.

“We’ll soon be announcing Data Cloud for Tableau, which brings a complete view of all your customer data to your entire organization so everyone can get insights at their fingertips and see a single view of their customers across every touchpoint,” the company spokesperson said. “These AI-powered insights let users take action right in the flow of their work — no jumping applications, opening new tabs or starting new programs.”

Enhanced automation for business workflows 

Tableau also introduced a new developer capability called VizQL Data Service, which enables users to seamlessly embed Tableau into an automated business workflow.

According to the company, this capability acts as a layer that sits on top of published data sources and existing models and allows developers to create composable data products through a simple programming interface. This feature streamlines and simplifies query construction and data modeling. Developers can also access Tableau’s analytical engine through this capability.

“[The] simple programming interface [of VizQL Data Service] allows developers to build new data products without needing the help of a data expert,” said the spokesperson. “For example, let’s say you want to build a new UI for some of the interactions and insights in Tableau. Or you want to integrate insights from Tableau into an automated business workflow. Or maybe you want to create a chatbot that interacts with your analytics in Tableau. Developers can do all of this with VizQL Data Services. And they can leverage Tableau’s data experiences to support people everywhere decisions are made.”

What’s next for Tableau? 

The company spokesperson told VentureBeat that it has ambitious plans for AI-driven innovation in the long run, and users should anticipate more comparable innovations in the near future that empower data-driven decision-making.

“We’re all just starting to become familiar with and understand the potential of generative AI, but we’re already seeing glimpses of how it may alter the world around us, specifically the world of analytics,” said the spokesperson. “Whatever the outcome, we know that a revolutionary shift in roles humans play across every industry is on the horizon.”

10 AI Tools to Help Your Productivity at Work

In today’s fast-paced work environment, harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) tools can significantly boost productivity. Here are 10 AI tools that can revolutionize your workflow.

Fireflies: Taking notes

If you find yourself getting distracted in meetings because you’re multi-tasking by jotting down notes, there are plenty of AI-powered note-takers that may be able to help. One such tool is Fireflies AI.

You can invite it to meetings or set it up to automatically join calls on your calendar. This Google Chrome extension works with conferencing platforms like Zoom, Google Meet, and Webex, to record meetings and and transcribe them within minutes. You can then search your transcript to find action items, tasks, and questions; your colleagues can interact with the transcript using comments, pins, and reactions, and meetings notes can be shared to apps like Asana, Slack, and Notion.

Fireflies can also analyze the speech in your meetings to show metrics like how long someone spoke or how many questions they asked.

Remail: Writing emails

No matter your profession or industry, email probably makes up some part of your job.

Managing your inbox can be a pretty tedious time-suck, but tools like Remail might help you get through emails more efficiently.

With this Google extension for Gmail, you specify if you want to send a positive or negative response to an email, and it’ll draft a message for you in the style and tone of the conversation. You can also customize a response by summarizing what you want to say in a few words, and Remail will generate a full response based on your input.

Whatever you ask for, you’ll get multiple draft options to choose from. Remail’s website says its clients include employees from companies like Meta, Google, and Netflix.

Wordtune Read: Summarize text

Reading through lengthy reports can eat up a lot of time. AI readers like Wordtune Read might be able to help you get to the gist faster.

Using this Google Chrome extension, you can upload a PDF or paste a URL, and it’ll highlight the most relevant information from the text and give you brief summaries next to each passage.

It works for academic articles, business reports, blog posts, and more.

Tome: Building slide decks

If you make a lot of PowerPoints for work, the app Tome can help you do it faster.

It can turn documents into slide decks in seconds, with options to spruce up your presentations by adding 3-D renderings, live content, or even video narrations of your slides.

Numerous.ai: Create spreadsheets

If you work with large data sets in the course of your job, you might have a love-hate relationship with spreadsheets. In that case, a tool like Numerous.ai, which works with Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel, might be able to help.

Numerous.ai can quickly extract relevant information from large data sets, and sort and categorize items.

You can describe in your own words what you’d like a formula to accomplish, and Numerous.ai will generate a formula for your spreadsheet. You can also teach it to handle repetitive tasks like cell formatting or certain calculations.

Brain.fm: Staying focused

Focusing on tasks can be tough, especially if you work from home. Brain.fm, an AI-generated music tool, can help users stay on task. 

The browser-based web app is designed “to help listeners focus, relax and sleep,” according to the company.

The tool offers a range of music options — from atmospheric to electronic — that are designed by a team of scientists and composers to help users enter a state of “deep work,” or uninterrupted focus.

Grammarly: Boosting writing quality 

Jobs across all industries can require some form of writing. Grammarly, an AI-writing assistant, can help workers catch mistakes in their copy. 

Used by more than 30 million people and 50,000 teams globally, the browser extension makes suggestions about word choice and sentence structure, checks for plagiarism, generates citations, and reviews essays. It can also assess the tone of your writing. That way, e-mails, press releases, and internal memos can be written with a second pair of eyes. 

“It’s great at automatically catching errors and typos,” Deb Lee, a consultant who works with entrepreneurs and small business owners to boost their productivity.

ContactOut: Searching for contact information 

Finding contact information for prospective clients may be time consuming. ContactOut can reduce the amount of time spent doing just that. 

The Google Chrome browser extension — used by 1.4 million people — scrapes the internet to find active e-mails and phone numbers for professionals on Linkedin Standard, Sales Navigator, and Recruiter. It can also create a list of contacts and make a personalized email campaign out of it. The combination of these features can accelerate the process of landing new customers. 

Meanwhile, ContactOut can integrate with customer relationship management software like Salesforce and Hubspot.

Recruiters and sales representatives at Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, Google, and PwC use the tool, according to the company

Todoist: Making to-do lists 

Writing to-do lists using pen and paper may not be for tech-savvy workers. Todoist, a plug-in tool, could provide a better alternative. 

The Google Chrome browser extension is used by more than 800,000 users to plan their days and complete tasks. Users can add different websites to their task list — like a blog post to finish reading, or an item you want on your wish list. That way, users can add or finish tasks in a single place, which can eliminate disruptions to their workflow when switching between platforms.

Todoist’s desktop and mobile app includes additional features, such as collaborative to-do lists, progress tracking, and reminder notifications. It can be integrated into more than 60 desktop and mobile apps including Google Drive, Slack, and Dropbox. 

BlockSite: Blocking websites to eliminate distractions 

Workers may be tempted to scroll through social media or read news articles during work hours. If that applies to you, the BlockSite plug-in could be a potential solution. 

Downloaded by over 1 million users, BlockSite is a Google Chrome extension workers can use to block distracting sites for a select period of time. That way, users can stay focused on their pressing tasks. 

Those tempted to find workarounds can lock the sites with a password to make them harder to access. 

The browser extension also includes focus mode, a feature that allocates a certain amount of time to a particular task, as well as data insights that show how much time a user spends on a website.