ThoughtSpot Business Intelligence Review

Sunnyvale, CA
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ThoughtSpot At A Glance

Good: ThoughtSpot's familiar interface can be used with little to no training.
Bad: Initial learning curve can be overwhelming for new BI users.
Bottom Line: Relational search platform that allows users to find and analyze data instantly through Google-like queries.

Product Overview

ThoughtSpot is an analytics platform powered by a robust relational search engine. Working like a search engine such as Google or Bing, users are able to type in key terms into a search box and instantly get answers to their data questions. The analytics platform presents the search results as best-fit visualizations so users can easily 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.

With ThoughtSpot, search makes it easy for anyone to build their own reports and dashboards without the help from an analyst. Which in turn allows analysts and data experts to focus on more strategic endeavors.

ThoughtSpot has two additional solutions: SpotIQ and SearchIQ. SpotIQ uses the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and automatically asks thousands of questions about billions of data points and bring back dozens of insights in seconds. It arms non-technical business users with the power to receive insights by instantly flagging trends, anomalies, and other hidden insights from billions of data points at once.

SearchIQ allows for conversational analytics so business users can ask questions directly from their data in natural language. This provides instant results as part of a new suite of advanced analytics tools.


ThoughtSpot’s intuitive functionality helps users make better decisions by guiding their search experience in real time. We’ve highlighted some of the key features below:

Relational Search Engine

  • Automatic Search Index – Instant indexing of your data and schema as data is cached for easy search.
  • Guided Search Suggestions – Real-time search suggestions based on each character you type, powered by prior usage, data characteristics, metadata and security rules.
  • DataRank – A data-ranking algorithm for search suggestions based on prior usage, security rules, and the characteristics of your data.
  • Data Match – Real-time keyword validation for customizable synonyms, homonyms, and misspelled words.
  • Search Inspector – A tool offering full transparency into how your search terms were transformed into executable data queries.

BI/Visualization Server

  • Smart Query Generation – Translation of search terms into an optimized query plan that returns accurate answers in under a second.
  • On-the-Fly Calculations – Every answer is calculated in real time as you type, automatically performing joins, aggregations, filters and groupings to return analytical results.
  • Best-Fit Visualizations – Instantly selects and builds the optimal visualization based on the data characteristics of your search results.
  • Drill Anywhere – Drill up, down and across your data model without needing to pre-define drill paths. Make ad-hoc changes to your search to get a new view of your data in seconds.
  • Data Worksheets – Easy modeling experience to create flexible, reusable, and shared logical data models that combine various physical data sets into a single logical entity, including business logic and calculated attributes.
  • Dynamic Pinboards – Drag-and-drop story building onto live dashboards that can be shared with anyone else in the company.
  • Group & User Sharing – One-click sharing of charts, Pinboards and data models with any group or user in the company.

In-memory Calculation Engine

  • Massively Parallel Processing – ThoughtSpot automatically parallels search queries to returns results across billions of records in seconds.
  • Query Performance Optimizer – Built-in search results cache and JIT compiler to ensure fast query performance. No cubes, aggregations, summary tables or data marts necessary.
  • Data Sharding & Replication – Intelligent organization of data based on schema and table size for fast large scale joins.

Distributed Cluster Manager

  • Web-Scale Architecture – Optimized workload distribution designed to scale out infinitely to support 100s of TBs of data.
  • Built-in Fault Tolerance – Built-in data replication, redundancy, automatic node failover and automatic backups to ensure system remains available even in the event of a failure.
  • System Utilization & Performance Monitoring – Out-of-the-box administration dashboards provide complete visibility into system health, which includes real-time alerts.

Enterprise Security & Governance

  • LDAP & SAML Integration – Native support for directory services and easy integration with existing enterprise single-sign-on (SSO) solutions.
  • Fine-Grained Access Control – Access to data, answers, and Pinboards are restricted by granular user and group privileges.
  • Object, Row & Column-Level Security – Restrict data access down to the cell level based on customizable permissions
  • Data Lineage – Playback search queries and visually link answers back to physical data entities. Trace dependencies of charts and Pinboards as data or metadata changes.
  • Auditability – Built-in usage analytics provides full auditability of data access, Pinboard usage and more.

Embedded Analytics

  • Embedded Relational Search – Embed the power of Search-Driven Analytics in any application.
  • Embedded Visualizations – Embed ThoughtSpot charts and data directly into any external website, portal or app.
  • REST-based Data API – Enable developers to freely customize their own visualizations powered by ThoughtSpot’s Relational Search Engine.

Data Connectivity

  • Data Connectors – Connect to any data source via native connectors or leverage your existing ETL solution via industry standard ODBC/JDBC interfaces.
  • Fast Parallel Loader – Load large data sets in bulk at speeds up to 1TB/hour.

Target Market

ThoughtSpot aims to help all types of companies work with the information they need to make data-driven business decisions. We’ve noted some of its customers below:

  • Amway
  • Bank of the West
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Chevron Federal Credit Union
  • De Beers
  • Petco
  • 7-Eleven
  • Hulu
  • OpenTable
  • Scotiabank

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With ThoughtSpot, you’re able to deploy the platform as an on-premise solution, or a private or public cloud system. ThoughtSpot’s implementation process typically takes between two and four weeks.

Customer Service & Support

ThoughtSpot offers a variety of free resources for customers, such as videos, webinars and whitepapers. Support staff can be reached through an online support portal, or via email and phone.


ThoughtSpot offers subscription pricing based on data capacity needs. Subscription levels scale out in 250 GB increments. All pricing includes unlimited users, and customers have the option for on-premise, or private/public cloud deployment. Please contact them directly for a quote.


Users have reported that there’s an initial learning curve with Thoughtspot, however, it’s easy to use once they’ve learned how to use it.


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After its founding in 2012, ThoughtSpot created its dynamic relational search platform with a mission to “enable analytics at human scale.” The company’s founding team previously built market-defining search and analytics technologies for Google, Amazon, Oracle and Microsoft.

ThoughtSpot is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA and has offices in Plano, TX, Seattle, Germany, London, Bangalore, India and Tokyo.

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