Tableau Software finished 2014 on a high note with solid Q4 earnings

Tableau added 2,600 new customer accounts, producing $101.4 million in license revenue.

Picking up the slack during a brief lull in tech earnings season, Tableau Software published fourth quarter and end of year results after the bell on Wednesday.

The Seattle-based business reported a net income of $20.7 million, or 27 cents per share (statement).

Non-GAAP earnings were 42 cents per share on top of $142.9 million in revenue, up 75 percent year over year.

Wall Street was expecting just 11 cents per share with revenue of $122.64 million.

During the quarter, Tableau added 2,600 new customer accounts, closed 304 deals each worth more than $100,000 -- all in all producing $101.4 million in license revenue, also up 75 percent annually.

Maintenance and services revenue rang up to $41.5 million, a 77 percent jump from the fourth quarter of 2013.

For the full year, Tableau generated $412.6 million in revenue, up 78 percent year over year, adding more than 9,100 new customers over the 12-month period.

License revenue totaled $279.9 million, again a 75 percent increase from 2013, while maintenance and services revenue climbed even more by 83 percent, resulting in $132.7 million.

Championing 2014 as a year in which Tableau saw its highest demand ever, CEO Christian Chabot highlighted "accelerated growth in our enterprise business" in prepared remarks.

"We will continue investing in product innovation and advancing our platform to bring even more value to our growing customer base," Chabot wrote. "We are excited to announce that we expect Tableau 9.0, the next step in our journey to help people achieve more with data, to be released in the next 90 days."

A beta version of Tableau 9.0, the next iteration of the company's business intelligence and analytics software, was pushed out in January.

For the first quarter of 2015, Wall Street expects Tableau to kick off the year slightly slower with a loss at two cents per share and revenue of $107.28 million.