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- Dynamic ability to drill down/up.
- Ability to share information.
- Initial attempts to replicate existing reporting in ThoughtSpot have identified some limitations with respect to formatting (year over year, week over week comparisons, etc.).
- Creating search string to get the data you want is not as intuitive as it is made out to be.
- Tweaking search string to generate visualizations in desired format is not always clear.
- Well suited for quick queries.
- Well suited for simple reports/visualizations/pinboards.
- Well suited for more senior (manager and above) audience.
- Not well suited for more complex queries.
- Not well suited for ad hoc data analysis (data must be curated by the support team).
- Great clean look and feel, quick and responsive.
- Ability to visualize and share information easily.
- Views are dynamic and support related questions (drill-down) easily.
The strength of the ThoughtSpot tool is its search and ability to do quick data pull or quick analysis on the fly.
I would say, after a day of playing around, users are good to go!
- Ability to drill down into questions on the fly.
- Easy-to-read pinboards for non-technical executives, including natural language questions.
- Ability to join multiple databases so data can be analyzed across the organization.
- SpotIQ: showing us insights to our data that we didn't even think to ask about.
- The visualizations aren't quite as clean as other leaders in the viz space.
- Difficult to customize the visualizations.
- The application is still in its younger years and still needs more time to be fully developed.
- Adhoc search.
- Instantaneous visualization.
- Getting access to data fast.
- Formulas - i.e. aggregation of data for common financial time periods are cumbersome.
- Formatting - Not able to apply basic formatting, it makes tables hard to read.
- Querying - Restricted to querying only one worksheet at a time.
- When sharing scheduled reports - PDF or CVS attachments don't do the report justice, format-wise and visually.
- It's fast, and easy to use for non technical users.
- Alternative non-specialist search based analytics tools are all too young to be useful.
- There are no per user fees, so it's possible to democratise access to key data.
- Loading data can be slow.
- Total storage is generally limited by RAM, which makes space relatively expensive (Snowflake connector has potential to mitigate this for some users).
- Cloud option is expensive.
For consumers, 1 hour. Longer to learn the meaning of the data of course.
For admin - you need to understand how the meta data is processed, etc. to create good user experiences. This is not hard, but takes a few days experimenting.
- Searching like Googling was the number one feature that we were looking for and ThoughtSpot does it best.
- Pinboards are very useful for the group of field managers who're working on a set of products.
- Data manipulation ( e.g. joining multiple tables and views ) under the hood
- The model file/worksheet is typically used as a whole and it'll be nice if it could be used at the column level.
- Integration with commonly used ETL tools, such as Informatica, will help the IT/Data department greatly.
- Powerful search
- Maximized data sources
- Simple reports are easy to create, and simple questions are readily answered. Complex problems that involve sub-queries etc. are tough to answer.
- Migrating between environments could be refined.
- Possibility to explore how data are calculated brings the trust.
- So easy to use, no need to train the business users. I am actually waiting for the mobile app, which I think will be the game changer.
- So simple to support the system. Updates are done within hours and there is no need to do any outage.
- Some users are used to work with pixel perfect dashboards. Would be nice to be able to create such a dashboard for them.
- Speed of aggregation is is unmatched with other analytics tools.
- Visualization is instantaneous in most interactions which gives the users the Google response time we have been conditioned to in this day and age.
- The business is empowered to create their own custom dashboards for their focus area.
- Regression testing for all existing functionality to ensure smooth upgrade to existing worksheets, dashboards, etc., that have been created on prior versions.
- Ability for modifications to underlying source tables to propagate changes throughout all worksheets built on top of source data. Currently if you have to modify a relationship field or primary key definitions, you have to recreate everything sitting on top of that source which as time goes on it makes it very problematic to address relationship issues that have been uncovered over time.
- group_max performance
- It is FAST. Once the data is loaded, there is really nothing comparable to the speed that TS provides.
- It is an easy learning curve for the setup as well as end users.
- Very intuitive design and the ability to share easily.
- No limitation on the number of users. Don't have to worry about handing out licenses every time someone wants to look at the data.
- Simple reports are easy to create and simple questions are readily answered. Complex questions that involve sub-queries etc are very hard to answer.
- It has limitations compared to a regular database. Data updates are hard to make. Adding new columns and populating them are very hard.
- Concept of a lower environment needs to exist - and promoting worksheets and definitions needs to be a feature.
- Easy for business users to use. The search functionality is simple and clear
- Data loading is fairly simple when connecting to databases
- A lot of display options for users to show their data in a desired format
- On the backend data mapping can get very messy and needs to be constantly monitored
- Importing an Excel or CSV file is not nearly as simple as it should be
- More flexible graph options
- Fast data searches
- Spot IQ is great for automated insights and data discovery
- Could be more robust in different visualization types and customization
- Could provide an easier way to validate data in the form of queries
- Migrating between environments could be refined
- Fast search results for large data sets
- User friendly interface for search
- Data Aware: For example, uses column names, data values
- Visualization fine tuning/customization
- Data integration options are limited
- Data join features are very limited to leverage data from different sources
- ThoughtSpot is very intuitive for the end user. No particular technical skills are required to start using the tool, just you need to know your data in order to search for meaningful statistical results.
- With ThoughtSpot you are getting real-time data, which is particularly helpful when you need to make timely decisions for resolving data exceptions/issues.
- ThoughtSpot has really cool features that help you actually get more proficient to use the tool full capacity, i.e. replay feature which shows steps by steps how to construct your question, especially helpful for more complex searches; your data can be transformed into a chart and even presentation slides; the tool is intuitive enough to learn your search pattern and even to present suggestion scenarios related to your historical searches; and so much more!
- Historical data searches are important for the operational business areas, as it's common to export and save results for the decision making process. In this regard, maybe adding historical search repository for reference purposes, or historical replays.
ThoughtSpot is well suited for ad-hoc data searches, to derive real-time metrics, to create personalized pinboards, to explore data that you haven't thought in the past exists.
ThoughtSpot is not the right tool if you are used to canned reporting, i.e. BOXI or Tableau.
Our business data is very complex and would require more effort to have the underlying data set up properly in order the search to be meaningful.
It would require change of culture to adopt the new analytical search in the day-to-day functions, as existing reports still seem to be the preferred choice.
- ThoughtSpot is great at answering questions no one asked before.
- SpotIQ helps identifying the data quality issues.
- Giving users ability to create their own reports is a huge plus.
- Lightening fast performance on terabytes of data.
- ThoughtSpot can do a better job of providing prescriptive analytics.
- Live connection for other databases is a much needed feature.
- Pinboard canvas should allow for custom size rather than sticking to 5 pre-defined sizes.
- More features needed in pinboard level filters.
- Easy to use - guides user on what to search for. Indexes not just field names, but dimension members.
- Strong professional services team supporting the implementation. This helped a lot during ramp up and now our internal team is able to run most new use cases independently.
- Robust modeling options solve for both simple and complex data models.
- SpotIQ is stil relatively immature. Can do basic analysis, but marketing is a bit overdone for what it can really do at this point.
- More graph/chart customization options.
- More models available in SpotIQ out-of-the-box. Specifically, would like to see multiple linear regression.
- Live query options - would be good if ThoughtSpot would support the ability to directly query our existing in-memory databases (e.g. HANA, Spark).
- Natural language search is a really neat feature which allows anyone with the business context to search for insights and then create pin boards for reference.
- SpotIQ is fantastic feature which can survey, crunch, and analyze vast amounts of data, run models, and provide automated insights.
- Support and consistent performance across major browsers could be a focus area. ThoughtSpot is optimized for Chrome, and supported for Firefox and IE, however, performance on IE can be slow relative to Chrome.
- Self-service. Other vendors like to cite self-service as within end users reach but not like ThoughtSpot. It is able to create a "Google-like" interface that all can understand, rather than just the trained Analyst.
- Search. Vendors are starting to work with search in their products but ThoughtSpot was built with that in mind from the beginning.
- Anomaly detection and advanced analytics. With SpotIQ, end users with very little training are able to take advantage of models that normally require specialized training.
- Back end improvement. We would love to see a more robust back end for administrators and for even loading the data into ThoughtSpot.
- Drivers. Current drivers give mixed results on loading data but we are told new ones are being developed.
- Permissions. We would like to see more granular permissions available but have been told this is coming as well.
- Natural language search
- Scheduling for a pre-built report (with data changes)
- More granular permissions
- More robust back end
ThoughtSpot Scorecard Summary
Feature Scorecard Summary
ThoughtSpot is a search & AI-driven analytics platform. With ThoughtSpot, users type questions into a search box like they would with Google or Bing to instantly get precise answers. The analytics platform presents best-fit visualizations so users can analyze data, create reports and build dashboards without relying on IT. ThoughtSpot connects with and combines any on-premise, cloud, big data, or desktop data source.
The search is designed to give users fast and easy access to granular insights. AI automatically discovers personalized, relevant insights hidden in the data.
The vendor states that ThoughtSpot’s AI insights engine SpotIQ can automatically asks thousands of questions about billions of data points and bring back dozens of insights, in seconds. It provides non-technical business users with insights through anomaly detection, trend analysis, comparative analysis and more.
With natural language processing (NLP), search enables conversational analytics so business users can ask questions directly from their data in natural language and instantly get results.
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