Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the data and analytics market. To understand why, look no further than the recent acquisitions of Looker and Tableau — the old guards of data analytics — by Google and Salesforce, respectively. When this type of market consolidation happens, it typically signals a broad paradigm shift — and that’s exactly what’s happening here.
We are now entering an AI-driven analytics world. For companies like Looker and Tableau, which were not built for the new possibilities created by AI, that leaves two options: get acquired or fall to the wayside. We’ve seen this play out before: In the early 2000s, Tableau changed the game in data analytics by making data more accessible and understandable to business analysts and other power users through data visualization.
Author: Sudheesh Nair
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