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Data visualization, BI go hand in hand; cloud security not a threat

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Do you know where your data visualization comes from?

Tableau Software is not a household name, but if a company uses business intelligence (BI) software, it has probably used Tableau's data visualization tools.

That's because, aside from some of the mega-vendors, most BI and data analytics companies outsource data visualization development to Tableau or vendors like it. According to, BI vendors incorporate these visualization tools -- the final product that users actually see on their monitors to help them understand large amounts of data -- into their BI suites.

For example, Oracle's Essbase Visual Explorer, an interactive performance management dashboard, is based on visualization technology developed over a number of years by Tableau Software, said Elissa Fink, vice president of marketing at the Seattle-based company.

Secure cloud not an issue

Cloud computing security issues are inevitable but also solvable, according to a panel of cryptographers at the 2009 RSA Conference. Over time, security researchers will develop better ways to protect sensitive data in the cloud, according to

The Cloud Security Alliance was developed for this purpose and will be releasing a research paper that outlines more than a dozen security issues that should be addressed.

Industry observers note that companies are still turning to cloud computing to cut costs and aren't too worried about security threats. Gartner Inc. estimates that by 2011, early technology adopters will purchase 40% of their IT infrastructure as a service.

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