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Tableau, AWS Extend Alliance With Cloud Analytics Initiative

The Modern Cloud Analytics program will enlist Tableau partners Interworks, Slalom and TEKsystems to provide consulting, implementation and support services.

Tableau Software is teaming up with Amazon Web Services and three strategic service partners in an initiative to get businesses and organizations—especially those with legacy business intelligence software—to move their business analytics operations to the cloud.

The Modern Cloud Analytics program, unveiled Wednesday at Tableau’s .conf19 customer and partner conference in Las Vegas, expands on the existing strategic relationship between Tableau and AWS through which customers can acquire Tableau Server through the AWS Marketplace and run browser-based and mobile self-service visual analytics.

Tableau and AWS have enlisted service partners InterWorks, Slalom and TEKsystems to develop Modern Cloud Analytics programs to help customers migrate their business analytics to the cloud. The service providers will offer system assessments, proof-of-concept systems, and deployment and support services.

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Tableau and AWS are providing the three service partners with migration tools and operating models, application architecture and prescriptive migration guidance, according to a statement from the two companies.

The Modern Cloud Analytics initiative comes one day after Tableau outlined extensive plans for a new partner program as part of its effort to enlist reseller, service and technology partners to expand sales of Tableau’s software and foster deeper engagements with customers.

Modern Cloud Analytics builds on existing integrations between AWS and Tableau including native data connectors to Amazon services such as Amazon Redshift and Amazon Athena as well as AWS Quick Start deployment guides, the two companies said.

The initiative offers a migration path for businesses and organizations that are still using legacy business analytics software such as Cognos and Business Objects, said Ryan Wagner, an alliance manager at TEKsystems who oversees the company’s relationship with Tableau. The new program provides the service companies with a way to “advise customers and execute great cloud analytics solutions using Tableau,” Wagner said in an interview at .conf19.

Wagner said Modern Cloud Analytics will also appeal to current Tableau users who may be using the analytics software on-premises and are looking for an easier way to scale that up in the cloud. It will also appeal to businesses and organizations that are already using AWS for some applications but have not yet moved their business analytics to the cloud.

“I think that’s compelling for customers. People get it,” Wagner said. TEKsystems will conduct assessments of customers’ business analytics needs, then provide the expertise and the manpower to implement the system and migrate the needed data. “We find the gap and write up a road map to get there,” he said.

“Organizations must continuously evaluate their data strategy to remain competitive and deliver impactful customer experiences,” said Doug Yeum, head of AWS Worldwide Channels and Alliances, in a statement. “We’re delighted to evolve our longtime strategic relationship with Tableau to further provide customers with unique, integrated solutions and a proven enterprise cloud platform as they modernize their analytics capabilities.”

“Modern Cloud Analytics further evolves and cements our relationship with AWS, ensuring we continue delivering data insights and value for our customers,” said Julie Slocum Bennani, senior vice president, Worldwide Partners and Alliances, at Tableau, in the statement. She said Tableau would be introducing the Modern Cloud Analytics initiative to customers and partners at this week’s conference.


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