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Salesforce is shopping for information visualization firm Tableau for $15.7B in all-stock deal – TechCrunch

On the heels of Google shopping for analytics startup Looker final week for $2.6 billion, Salesforce at present introduced an enormous piece of stories in a bid to step up its personal work in information visualization and (extra usually) instruments to assist enterprises make sense of the ocean of information that they use and amass: Salesforce is shopping for Tableau for $15.7 billion in an all-stock deal.
The latter is publicly traded and this deal will contain shares of Tableau Class A and Class B frequent inventory getting exchanged for 1.103 shares of Salesforce frequent inventory, the corporate mentioned, and so the $15.7 billion determine is the enterprise worth of the transaction, based mostly on the common value of Salesforce’s shares as of June 7, 2019.
This can be a big deal for Salesforce because it continues to diversify past CRM software program and into deeper layers of analytics.
The corporate reportedly labored exhausting to — however finally missed out on — shopping for LinkedIn (which Microsoft picked up as a substitute), and whereas there isn’t an entire lot in frequent between LinkedIn and Tableau, this deal can be about extending engagement with the shoppers that Salesforce already has.
This additionally appears to be like like a transfer designed to assist bulk up in opposition to Google’s transfer to purchase Looker, introduced final week, though I’d argue that analytics is a large enough space that each one main tech firms which are courting enterprises are getting their geese in a row when it comes to squaring as much as stronger methods (and merchandise) on this space. It’s unclear whether or not (and if) the 2 offers have been made in response to one another.
“We’re bringing collectively the world’s #1 CRM with the #1 analytics platform. Tableau helps individuals see and perceive information, and Salesforce helps individuals have interaction and perceive prospects. It’s actually the perfect of each worlds for our prospects–bringing collectively two vital platforms that each buyer wants to grasp their world,” mentioned Marc Benioff, Chairman and co-CEO, Salesforce, in a press release. “I’m thrilled to welcome Adam and his staff to Salesforce.”
“Becoming a member of forces with Salesforce will improve our means to assist individuals in every single place see and perceive information,” mentioned Adam Selipsky, President and CEO of Tableau, in the identical assertion. “As a part of the world’s #1 CRM firm, Tableau’s intuitive and highly effective analytics will allow hundreds of thousands extra individuals to find actionable insights throughout their total organizations. I’m delighted that our firms share very comparable cultures and a relentless deal with buyer success. I stay up for working collectively in assist of our prospects and communities.”
“Salesforce’s unimaginable success has all the time been based mostly on anticipating the wants of our prospects and offering them the options they should develop their companies,” mentioned Keith Block, co-CEO, Salesforce. “Knowledge is the inspiration of each digital transformation, and the addition of Tableau will speed up our means to ship buyer success by enabling a really unified and highly effective view throughout all of a buyer’s information.”
Extra to come back as we study it. Refresh for updates.