You could call Seattle, Wash.-based Tableau the sweetheart of the data workers world. 

Gartner consistently names the data visualization vendor Leader in its Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics platforms. 

And its community of users "have an almost a cult-like dedication to the vendor and its products,” Constellation Research analyst Holger Mueller told CMSWire at the company’s user conference last fall.

HyPer Buy

Today, the company has big news: It is announcing the acquisition of HyPer, a Munich, Germany-based maker of a main-memory-based relational DBMS for mixed OLTP (online transactional processing) and OLAP (online analytical processing) workloads. 

The company’s  product, also named HyPer, unifies transactions and analysis into a single system. 

Coupled with Tableau, it could help customers take analytics closer to the transactional systems that underlie most businesses and literally see what is or could be happening.


'Changing the World'

Patrice Pelland, senior director of engineering at Tableau
Patrice Pelland, senior director of engineering at Tableau, told CMSWire the acquisition "will increase performance, enhance data integration, data transformation and data blending, expand support for big data efforts with semi-structure and unstructured data."

Learning Opportunities

It could even "change the world of databases,” he added.

HyPer was created by four Technical University of Munich (TUM) Ph.D. students — Tobias Muehlbauer, Wolf Roediger, Viktor Leis and Jan Finis — and their advisors Thomas Neumann and Alfons Kemper.

Pelland thinks the HyPer team will fit well into Tableau’s culture, noting that Tableau had its origins as a Ph.D project at Stanford.

Tableau is not disclosing the price of the acquisition. But the value it could potentially bring to the company can’t be understated, especially when you consider that Tableau has now committed to opening a development center in Munich and expanding its research into high performance computing.

When will he get to see what Tableau’s next rendition will look like, we asked Pelland. “Maybe at our user conference in November,” he said.

We’ll be waiting.