The close timing of these 2 acquisitions is likely to be coincident, however it does send a strong signal to the importance of visualization/insights tools in the analytics ecosystem.
Given both Google’s and Salesforce’s close involvement in the marketing industry, the impact goes well beyond enterprise business intelligence.
Salesforce announced on 10th Jun that it is buying the data visualization software company Tableau for $15.7 billion. This came less than a week after Google announced that it would acquire the data analytics platform startup Looker for $2.6 billion – this is Google’s third largest acquisition in its history.
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