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The 10 Biggest Big Data News Stories Of 2019

From major acquisitions like Salesforce-Tableau, to the exploding use of AI and machine learning technologies, to increased consumer demands for data protection regulations, the headlines in the big data world in 2019 were, well, big.

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1. Salesforce Buys Tableau Software In Blockbuster $15.7 Billion Deal

Tableau has generally led the pack of business analytics and data visualization software vendors in recent years, going public in 2013 and reaching $1.16 billion in sales in 2018. So it came as a surprise to many in June when the Seattle-based company agreed to be acquired by cloud application giant Salesforce.com for a whopping $15.7 billion. The acquisition was completed Aug. 1.

The acquisition was seen as evidence of the increasingly data-centric nature of today’s business environment. Salesforce and Tableau executives said the combination of Salesforce CRM applications and Tableau business analytics software would create a digital transformation powerhouse.

Salesforce has promised to continue operating Tableau as an independent subsidiary but has yet to provide details about integrating the two companies’ product lines and how – or if – Tableau’s software will work with Salesforce’s existing Einstein business analytics software. (While some expected to hear more at Tableau’s recent Tableau Conference 2019, a shareholder lawsuit in the U.K. reportedly kept executives from discussing those plans.)

 
 
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