I recently received an TDWI webinar invitation with a catchy subject line.
Want Faster BI? How Search Makes Your Analytics More Accessible
I immediately thought of my previous article (see related article, The Road Unexplored: A Future for SAP BusinessObjects Explorer) and continued to read.
Search-driven BI solutions can make finding and querying data a faster and easier experience. Most users are only familiar with search through the use of commercial search engines. However, search can help users quickly locate data and analyze it, and it can also help the entire organization by building a reusable knowledge base about the data and how it is used.
Intrigued, I signed up for the August 4 webinar which began with some market insights from David Stodder, Senior Director of Research for Business Intelligence at TDWI. It then transitioned into a sponsored presentation from ThoughtSpot. I was not familiar with ThoughtSpot but learned from their web site that they were identified by Gartner, a leading research firm, as one of the “Cool Vendors in Analytics” in 2016. Cool like Arthur Fonzarelli.
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— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) August 9, 2016
Based on SAP’s BI roadmap, it might seem that Qlik and Tableau are the only other vendors in the analytics market. But vendors like ThoughtSpot continue to demonstrate that the idea of search-powered analytics we first saw nine years ago as BusinessObjects Polestar remains a powerful one.
Gartner thinks search-based analytics is a cool idea. Let’s hope that somebody at SAP still does, too.
Search-Based Data Discovery Vendors
Search-based Data Discovery in the Press
Thoughtspot’s Search for Data Analytics Finds Results Fast by Phil Wainewright, published by Diginomica August 16, 2016
Links for SAP BusinessObjects Explorer
- Official web site for SAP BusinessObjects Explorer
- How and when will Explorer functionality migrate to Lumira? on SAP Community Network