Data discovery has been portrayed as getting around IT, its structures, and delays.
But Gartner says we need greater governance now that data discovery systems are part of the IT backbone. Also, IT has great skills in particular databases—the distinct SQL commands that make them so powerful (for example SQLMR in Teradata Aster). Putting data discovery on top of these industry-strength data repositories shouldn’t mean having to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Spotfire 6.5 supports parameterized SQL queries, allowing the data analyst to interact directly with big data sources in the most efficient manner, all while hiding the complexity from users.
Location, Location, Location
For many organizations, their operational lives are dominated by location. For example, the oil and gas industry is highly dependent on oil field, pipeline, environment, and aquifer locations. Other industries like utilities, government, and retail are highly location driven.
As a result, these industries invest in location systems and many have WMS- or Esri-based geographic information systems (GIS) designed to capture, store, manipulate, and present all types of geographical data. However, these systems don’t help with analysis of the location data. Spotfire 6.5 allows you as an organization to blend your GIS and analytics strategies like no other system. It is not time to throw away GIS, but to leverage its resources and combine its data with a host of other informational sources to gain fuller, deeper, and more meaningful insights.