I just received the Splunk product announcement: “Introducing Splunk ODBC Driver: Industry Standard Connectivity to Splunk Enterprise”.  It is great to now see that the Splunk ODBC driver is available for everyone.  This allows you to connect any BI tools like Tableau and Excel directly to Splunk Enterprise.  You can read more about it here: http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/ODBC.  They also have a good diagram explaining how everything works here: http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/ODBC/latest/UseODBC/HowSplunkODBCDriverfitsintotheSplunkpicture.  The Splunk ODBC driver is built off the SimbaEngine ODBC SDK so it will be enterprise class.  Congrats to the teams at Splunk and Simba who developed this.