What Other Industries Can Benefit From Tableau’s Platform?

According to a recent market report, the global data visualization market was valued at $4.51 billion in 2017. It is expected to grow 9.5% annually to $7.76 billion by 2023. Data analytics firm Tableau (NYSE: DATA) is a leading player in the industry.

Tableau’s Financials

Tableau’s fourth-quarter revenues fell 1% over the year to $249.4 million, ahead of the Street’s forecast of $240.25 million. Last year, Tableau had implemented a revised pricing structure across product lines that led to reduced upfront costs for its customers. While the revised pricing will lead to increased adoption of Tableau’s products in the future, short-term revenues have been impacted. Adjusted earnings per share of $0.12 was significantly better than the market’s projected EPS of $0.03 for the quarter.

By segment, maintenance revenues grew 22% over the year to $120.12 million while licensing revenues fell 15% to $129.24 million. Ratable license bookings were 51% of total license bookings, compared to 20% a year ago.

It ended the year with revenues of $877.1 million and a net loss of $185.6 million, or $2.35 per share. Total annual recurring revenue grew 45% to $596.2 million. Subscription annual recurring revenue was $195.5 million, up 235% over the year and ratable license bookings were 41% of total license bookings, compared to 17% a year ago.

For the current quarter, Tableau estimated revenues of $212-$222 million, compared with the market’s forecast of $213.7 million. It expects an EPS of a loss of $0.24-$0.17 per share, compared with the Street’s estimate of a loss of $0.03 per share.

Tableau recently announced senior management changes. Its Chief Financial Officer, Tom Walker, announced plans to step down from his current role.  The company also appointed Gerri Martin-Flickinger, chief technology officer for Starbucks, as a new director.

Tableau’s Product Expansion

During the quarter, Tableau continued to release upgraded products. It launched Hyper, its new in-memory data engine technology that provides customers up to five times faster query speed and up to three times faster extract creation speed. To support organizations using Linux, Tableau also delivered its Server on Linux with Tableau 10.5, that enables customers to combine Tableau’s analytics platform with Linux’s enterprise capabilities.

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Sramana Mitra is the founder of One Million by One Million (1M/1M), a global virtual incubator that aims to help one million entrepreneurs ...

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