In a sign of synergy between Salesforce subsidiaries, business intelligence and analytics software company Tableau is launching a new integration with Slack, the popular workplace communication and collaboration app. The integration marks a significant development for two of Salesforce’s recent acquisitions—the CRM leader spent $50 billion from 2018 to 2021 for Slack and Tableau, as well as integration software company Mulesoft. It is expected to improve how businesses retrieve their analytics by enabling users to complete natural language questions to gather insights directly from Slack without leaving the app. Salesforce Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff has long been high on the cooperative potential for Tableau and Slack, and this could justify his confidence.
Slack-First Analytics will help users access insights from Tableau directly from Slack and allow them to communicate with company data and derive AI-powered explanations via data visualization. Since its acquisition, Tableau has continued to grow and perform at a high level, with its revenue reaching $469 million in the second quarter of Salesforce’s fiscal 2022. The new integrations are expected to strengthen Tableau and Slack as direct competition to Microsoft’s Power BI data visualization software and Teams’ collaboration and communications platform. Slack-First Analytics is expected to launch in early 2022.