The update is designed to simplify natural language search on big data for improved BI.
Visual analytics software provider Arcadia Data announced that new search-based BI and analytics will be available in its upcoming update of Arcadia Enterprise. The company says it will feature a “Google-like” search interface and enable users to get instant visual answers for deeper insights and improved real-time decision making. Users can run their searches via natural language questions, which offer better speed and agility than traditional BI tools.
The company gave search examples like “what are sales by state in 2018 compared to 2017” and “show me the trend in storage device failure rates” to illustrate how users can get answers with visualizations regardless of the size of the data set. It’s designed to be user-friendly with little to no learning curve.
“This new search-based BI capability strengthens our lead in building next-gen capabilities for business users. It also further underscores the possibilities of modern BI architectures and the value they create for today’s largest and most important businesses,” said Priyank Patel, chief product officer and co-founder, Arcadia Data. “We’ve all grown accustomed to the simplicity and power of internet searches.”
He added that “Now, Arcadia Enterprise gives the capability of search to organizations tackling big data analytics and empowers their users with access to all of their data in a consumer-friendly, search-based fashion. We have always, and will continue to, push the envelope of innovation to deliver on an uncompromised scale, avoid unnecessary data movement, and accelerate time-to-insight so that our users maximize the value of their data.”
According to the company’s announcement, the new BI features include:
- Guided Questions: AI-driven type-ahead and suggestion capabilities that recommend related questions users may be interested in.
- Ranked Answers: Arcadia Enterprise scores questions against all datasets in the system. The best answer is displayed immediately, and a list of other possible answers with lower scores are shown as well. As users click on alternative answers, the system learns that those results are potentially more relevant to the typed question.
- Operationalized Insights: Now users can have their search and BI, too. Users can start with a simple search bar and then move into a detailed set of advanced BI interfaces to build and deploy data applications.
Arcadia Enterprise is designed to eliminate the need for extracts to a separate non-parallel set of BI servers. It works natively with Apache Hadoop, Amazon S3, Azure ADLS, Apache Kafka and Oracle, Teradata, Snowflake and Amazon Redshift.