The rise of big data has put considerable wind into the sails of visualization tools like Tableau, but it’s also put a new premium on simplicity and accessibility. With such goals in mind, Tableau on Tuesday debuted Vizable, a free new iPad app that puts sophisticated analytics capabilities at users’ fingertips.

“We realized that if we were going to start Tableau over again today, for the mobile generation, we’d build it for touch and on a mobile device,” said Dave Story, the company’s vice president for mobile and strategic growth.

That, essentially, is just what Story’s team has been working on for the past two years through what’s been known as Project Elastic.

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