back to article Ask your data anything, says data viz biz Tableau as it flings 'patent-pending' tech at natural language tool

Natural-language loving data visualisation firm Tableau has emitted its latest release, which includes a plain language question tool, developed after its 2017 slurpage of startup ClearGraph. The tool, named Ask Data, is bundled in as part of Tableau Server and Tableau Online in the firm's latest version, 2019.1, which is out …

  1. sqlartist

    Not quite sure what the patent is for?

    I used the English Language Query tool in SQL Server 7.0 in 1999.

    Its been updated since then and exists in Power BI as anatural language way to interface with Power BI models.

    If only they had announced it was using AI then we would know for sure its new thinking ;)

    1. AMBxx Silver badge
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      Re: Not quite sure what the patent is for?

      I can beat you by a year - Seagate Software had an integration with Dragon Dictate in 98.

      As ever, we just keep reinventing the wheel - not exactly the first time I've heard the phrase 'Data Democratisation' either.

      Cue images of icebergs.

      1. Mike 137 Silver badge

        Re: Not quite sure what the patent is for?

        There was a DOS database (at least as early as 1987) called Q&A that accepted plain language queries.

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