Tableau is moving into the data-wrangling business, announcing plans for visual data-preparation software code-named Project Maestro.

The idea is to bring the same sort of “self-service” visualization to the prepping and cleaning of data as they’ve built for data analysis, Dan Jewett, Tableau vice president of product management, told Tableau’s user conference this morning. “Maestro is going to make data preparation a breeze.”

The software is expected to be available “later next year.”

In a brief demo, Jewett showed visual ways of inspecting, joining and editing data. Results could then be piped into Tableau for analysis.

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