- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- It shows charts, based on the database
- It is easy to do searches. Even non expert users can do searches without knowing how to use databases.
- It allows you to drill down to the data in tables.
- ThoughtSpot queries are much faster than with our previous database.
- Deployment is difficult. The instructions for deployment could be more detailed so we don't need to ask ThoughtSpot for help.
- ThoughtSpot could use a Windows GUI for the backend.
- Using command line is difficult and complicated.
- Even a Unix GUI would be usefull.
We use ThoughtSpot to analyze the program coverage of our stores in Channel retail locations, and it allows our non-analytical teams to quickly and efficiently search for complex and sometimes dirty data in a streamlined and easy way.
- The easy to use UI allowed our teams to get on-boarded to the platform very quickly and let our least BI friendly teams customize reports to their liking.
- The flexibility of the platform allowed us to reach all levels of our team
- Quick onboarding process allowed us to move from inception to implementation in a matter of weeks
- Hard to change a search after inputting, sometimes users need to relearn how to type in a ThoughtSpot manner
- Would love to allow more capacity for "playing" around with pinboards without changing the existing report
- We work a lot of photo data, would be interested to see if photos could be incorporated into the platform
- Very fast. The in-memory solution seems to respond very quickly.
- Very easy to type something and get a nice visual with little effort.
- Everything can be shared with other uses very easily.
- Until the natural language search is available, an external customer with zero training is going to have some issues. Everyone is spoiled by searching the way we speak so that feature will be great when available.
- Why can't I thumbs up/down an insight that was generated for me like I can when I run an analysis myself?
- You constantly get popups about saving before losing changes. It would be nice if it only popped up when there was an actual change. For example, when I change something and then change it back, I shouldn't get a 'do you want to save' popup.
I don't feel that it works really well for external customers who can't have any training. The searching isn't as intuitive as it seemed in the sales presentation. The natural language feature should help significantly with this.
We use ThoughtSpot for reporting and to present our data analysis. We use the graphics and its search capabilities in order to have deeper insights. We use it at our operations department for reporting and monitoring and data relations.
- It is a good data search tool
- It's intuitive
- Easy to use
- More data structures
- Easy ways to manipulate data into structures (as an example pivot tables excel)
- Be able to incorporate external predictive models
- Quick results
- Drill down
- Data load backend needs some work. Difficult to load data.
- Needs a role that can create and manage tables that isn't the admin account
- Better metrics about table and worksheets. How many rows, key metrics, etc.
ThoughtSpot Review: "Easy to adopt and beautiful interface. Could improve by enhancing testing/validating options."
- Self-service is the biggest advantage of ThoughtSpot.
- The query performance is very fast.
- It is very easy to spot data quality issues
- Data discovery is easily available.
- I think visualizations can be better.
- Data prep is missing. This feature is available in most of the market leading tools.
- Advanced analytics and predictive analytics can be improved as well. ThoughtSpot answers WHAT but does not answer WHY.
- Self Serve Capability
- Spot IQ insights
- Object level Migration capability and automated deployment features. This was an important capability we had challenges with, as a standard SDLC we wanted to avoid manually creating pinboards in production. We have lower environment and production boxes and wanted to have the capability of migrating the tested reports in lower environment to production. We did not want the full backup and restore and needed more native support for migrating only the objects which were tested in lower environment.
- More controls and users for Unix Shell. We had issues sometimes with the limitation on User ID’s in ThoughtSpot ,mainly with the Shell Users. It would be helpful if ThoughtSpot could provide the capability to on-board new users.
- More visibility into the back-end generated SQLs would be very helpful. Currently, the UI feature is very good, but during the development phase of the reports, and while validating the reports, it would be more helpful to provide an option for the user to see the underlying SQLs.
- Once ThoughtSpot is initially set up, it is pretty easy for end users to build their own graphics
- The site navigation/layout is pretty intuitive so even a novice user should be able to figure out how to navigate the site and build a graphic
- Each graphic has a nice "help" tooltip that explains exactly what is needed before that specific graphic is usable. Ex: if you want to use a Map graphic, they disable it and give you a hover saying something like "you need at least one geographical data point to use a Map"
- The various graphics that are created to build a dashboard are not related, so if you click on a Bar in Graphic A, it will not highlight the related items in the other Graphics on the dashboard.
- The graphics you place on a dashboard are restricted to three default sizes and you are unable to manually resize the graphic to exactly what you want/need.
- You do not have many options when it comes to customizing each element of a graphic. You have a few standard options to "customize" but they are all pretty basic and do not give you the control that other tools allow
ThoughtSpot is very user-friendly and will make it easy for an end user to quickly search and build a graphic on their own. This will take away the wait time of having a middleman that actually creates these random graphics requests since the end user could do it themselves.
ThoughtSpot does not have the true dashboard feel yet so if you want the nice interactive dashboard functionality where a user can click one item and filter the other graphics, this is not going to work for you.
Our main use case is research and ad-hoc exploration. Tasks that would take hours to days previously are completed within 1/2 hour and span millions of rows of data in the process. Specifically, we are speeding up our access to data (user license limitations are removed with ThoughtSpot) and speed of insight (e.g. ad hoc exploration).
- Millions of rows via in-memory database creates quick-insight/access to data
- No user license restrictions (license is based on data loaded to the instance)
- Easy Google-like interface for querying data
- Simply put, ThoughtSpot is a new product. formatted/pixel-perfect reports are not what ThoughtSpot is good at.
- Limited app-level administration controls.
- Limited in allowing modification to "loaded" tables. For example, a DBA likes fields in a proper order. ThoughtSpot relies heavily on unchanged table structures (assigned by guide) and so new field adds must be added to the end or all relationships and reports are invalidated. This is not the end of the world.
ThoughtSpot is not built for pixel-perfect reporting. Don't plan on using this as a wholesale replacement for financial reporting - unless you're willing to forgo the normal report structure.
To this end, we carried out a proof of concept to understand how the product could meet our needs.
- The company behind ThoughtSpot is very professional and keen to work with you.
- The product is very good for traditional business-related scenarios such as spend, orders, and purchase related queries.
- The interface is reasonably good and intuitive.
- ThoughtSpot does not allow for true natural language. What it does is allow keywords to be used which it interprets and is similar to the way you might look for a product using Amazon.
- The product is a challenge when it steps outside of traditional sales-based analysis. In our case, we wanted to analyse health data which is far more complicated and prone to variance.
Their model is to provide you with the product on a 'purchase if all goes well' method which may not be to everyone's liking.
Overall the company is great and is really supportive of solving your issues as you learn the system and I would recommend on that basis.