Management software provider Accelerite has announced a significant upgrade to their Big Data analytics stack. ShareInsights 2.0 combines data preparation, data visualization and OLAP within an end-to-end, self-service analytics platform with a single interface. Key enhancements to this release include its being opened up to data analysts who are not coders, rather than just developers, and the inclusion of collaboration capabilities because of this greater ease of use.
“ShareInsights is our Big Data analytics stack, which makes it easy for people to analyze large amounts of data,” said Mukund Deshpande, the vice president of data analytics at Accelerite. “The data analytics market has been changing, with the availability of much more data, something that is now skyrocketing with the Internet of Things. Big Data analytics relies on data analysis for business users, and visualization expertise to generate reports.”
Deshpande said this transformation has led Accelerite to change ShareInsights’ approach as well.
“With ShareInsights 1.0, we were doing things a little differently,” he said. “We weren’t doing OLAP as much, and we didn’t have a drag and drop UI. That version was targeted at developers. This one is targeted at data analysts who understand the business, but are challenged on the technology, especially the technology around Big Data. ShareInsights 2.0 lets them do both data visualization and data preparation, without being required to know SQL or programming.”
The basic premise of 2.0 is the ability to make data analysts self sufficient by giving them one tool to manage the entire analytics lifecycle – understand data, blend data, create a data pipeline and visualize data. It runs natively atop any Hadoop cluster with no changes and leverages existing Spark instances.
“In the original product, the ability to understand the data was not there,” Deshpande said. “It did not have a UI layer, so the user could blend and visualize the data, but then they had to program it to go further. That meant not only that the user had to be able to program, but it also made collaboration impossible. Now the UI helps the whole process of self-service data discovery, letting users make use of the data with drag and drop controls. They can now also collaborate with other analysts, which was missing before and hard because of multiple tools.”
That process is also facilitated by Insight2Action, a new automated process that directly connects insights with actions.
“ShareInsights 2.0 is also much easier to deploy than traditional business intelligence tools,” Deshpande said. “It used to take 6-9 months to set everything up traditionally. Modern BI cut that in half to only 3-4 months. But this can be deployed in less than four weeks.”
Deshpande said that ShareInsights 2.0 is simply a better Big Data BI tool than competitor or homegrown options.
“There are competitor products that have a set of tools, that have been integrated at some point, but they haven’t been Big Data-focused like this,” he said. “The other common option is developers doing things on their own.”
ShareInsights is available now.