As Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy replaces Jeff Bezos as Amazon’s CEO, Tableau’s current CEO, Adam Selipsky, is leaving the company to become the CEO of AWS. Selipsky helped launch Amazon Web Services when he joined the company in 2005 and also helped to build Amazon’s cloud-computing unit.
In addition, he was instrumental in the development of AWS’ first visual interface and ran marketing sales, support, business development, partner alliances and international expansion. Selipsky spent eleven years working at AWS before leaving to take the CEO position in 2016.
Adam Selipsky will be replaced by Mark Nelson, formerly of Salesforce (who bought Tableau for $15 million in 2019). Nelson has been in charge of Tableau’s global engineering team for the last three years. In a recent statement, Nelson said that the “explosion of data” that we are currently experiencing is “not only exciting, but it’s where the world is headed” and that he looks forward to “making a difference in the world with data”.
Nelson’s ambition to help people effectively use data could be what is driving Tableau’s new AI powered analytics, a new tool that can help users to make predictions and frame scenarios without the use of any code. This will allow Tableau beginners to make faster decisions going forward.
CPO of Tableau, Francois Ajenstat, believes that the ability to apply data science to business decisions has been far too exclusive to people with advanced data science skills. He said “To build truly data-driven organisations, we need to unlock the power of data for as many people as possible”. This new tool will be available later this month after the Tableau 2021.1 update.
Also coming in this update is Salesforce’s Einstein Discovery analytics tool, which has the ability to identify patterns across millions of rows of data in minutes without the use of sophisticated data models.