ThoughtSpot Cloud Documentation

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What’s new in ThoughtSpot Cloud

February 2023

Features marked as Beta are off by default. To enable them, contact ThoughtSpot Support.

ThoughtSpot Sync

You can now use ThoughtSpot Sync to sync data directly from an Answer or custom SQL view to the following apps:

HubSpot and ServiceNow sync

Parameters Beta

Create Worksheet Parameters to optimize your data inquiries. Use Parameters to run different scenarios with adjustable values, without creating or modifying the constants in formulas for each new value. For example, easily adjust the attribute in an Answer to view your revenue by commit date or order date, as in the following gif. To try it out, edit a Worksheet, and select the + button that appears when you hover over the Parameters section. For more information about Parameters, see Creating Parameters and Using Parameters.

Parameter gif example

Mandatory Liveboard filters

Mark certain filters in your Liveboard as mandatory. If you add mandatory filters to a Liveboard, the visualizations will only load after Liveboard viewers select values for the mandatory filters. Use mandatory filters for Liveboards that contain data that may not be relevant for everyone who must view and consume the Liveboard. Mandatory filters also lower query and performance costs. To try the feature out, select Mandatory filter when adding a filter to a Liveboard. This feature must be enabled by your administrator. For more information about mandatory filters, see Mandatory Liveboard filters.

Creation of a mandatory filter and an image of a Liveboard with the mandatory filter

Show measures in pivot table rows

By default, ThoughtSpot displays measures in columns in pivot tables. With this release, choose whether to display measures in rows or columns in your pivot tables. To try it out, in the chart configuration panel for a pivot table, select Settings > Display measures in rows. For more information, see Reorder your pivot table.

Pivot table with measures displayed in rows

Upload custom geo maps

Upload your own custom maps and visualize data on geo charts with regions that are specific to you and your organization. To try it out, select Custom maps in the Admin Console. This feature must be enabled by your administrator. For more information about custom geo maps, see Upload custom geo maps.

Custom geo map being added

Data labels on a dark background

Labels that appear on a dark background can be displayed in a lighter text color, making them easier to read. To try it out, navigate to Search data and Create a chart > Change the chart color, and Add labels. This feature must be enabled by your administrator. For more information, see Show data labels.

Chart labels on dark background

Chinese (Traditional) or 中文 (繁體) localization

Set your ThoughtSpot locale to Chinese (Traditional), or 中文 (繁體). ThoughtSpot changes your data format settings, such as currency and number formatting, and translates keywords, ThoughtSpot menu and navigation items, operators, and error messages. To try it out, navigate to your profile, and edit your system language. For more information, see 中文 (繁體) keyword reference and Change language and data format settings.

ThoughtSpot application with the Chinese Traditional locale set

Rename Liveboards and visualizations in view mode

Change the name or description of a Liveboard or visualization from view mode. The more more menu icon menu for Liveboards and Liveboard visualizations now includes a Rename option, where you can edit the object name and description. To try it out, navigate to a Liveboard, and select the more more menu icon menu for a visualization. For more information, see Other Liveboard edits.

More menu for a Liveboard visualization

Apply multiple chart changes at once

When a user drags and drops the fields in the chart configuration panel, the chart reloads. When a user has multiple fields, they need to rearrange a lot of them to reach a desired chart. Now users can make multiple configurations, and apply them all at once, rather than waiting in between each configuration. To try it out, click Apply in the chart configuration panel after editing a chart.

This feature must be enabled by your administrator. For more information, see Reorder labels on the axis or legend.

Explain change for KPI charts Beta

You can now use SpotIQ analysis to directly identify the key drivers for recent change in your KPIs. KPI change analysis allows you to drill down into the causes of change in your KPIs and customize the insights generated by SpotIQ.

To access this feature, go to your KPI chart and select the caret icon to the right of the percent change label. The Run change analysis pop-up allows you to customize the columns ThoughtSpot analyzes. Note that ThoughtSpot runs change analysis between the two most recent data points defined by the KPI’s time bucket (for example, daily or weekly).

For more information on change analysis, see Comparative analysis.

KPI explain change option and resulting SpotIQ analysis

Group aggregation enhancements: filters Beta

Previously, when using group_aggregate formulas, users could use query_filters to include filters entered in the search bar in the formula’s value, but it was difficult to write a formula that accepted filters from only a single column.

Starting with this release, you can specify column names within the ‘filters’ section of a group_aggregate formula, and any filter in your search bar referencing that column will be added to the formula. Filters entered in the search bar that are not on columns specified in the third argument of the group_aggregate formula will be ignored. For details, see Group aggregation filters.

Other features and enhancements

Snowflake CSV upload

Snowflake CSV upload is GA in this release. Now you have a quick and easy way to complete one-time data loads of small files that are not present in your cloud data warehouse. You can now upload a CSV file to the database of your Snowflake connection that can be joined to other tables or Worksheets in your connection. Once your administrator enables this feature, go to Data > Utilities, and click Upload CSV. See Configure CSV upload for your Snowflake connection, and Upload a CSV file in your Snowflake connection.

CSV upload

PostgreSQL connection

You can now create connections from ThoughtSpot to PostgreSQL. For details, see PostgreSQL.

Sharing connections

You can now share connections with other users or groups. Once granted access to a connection, users can add, remove, and modify tables in that connection. To try it out, go to Data > Connections and click the Share connection button. For more information, see About connections in ThoughtSpot.

Share connections

dbt metadata tags for tables and Worksheets

Manage your ThoughtSpot table and Worksheet column properties and table joins in dbt by using metadata tags to define column properties and joins within your dbt model schema. Your dbt models contain all the necessary information, and you don’t have to manually update the columns in ThoughtSpot when you make changes to your dbt model. To try it out, update the .yml schema files for your dbt models with the new metadata tags. For more information, see Metadata tags for dbt.

Redshift Partner Connect

Redshift Partner Connect allows you to try out ThoughtSpot connected to Redshift for free. For details, see ThoughtSpot in Redshift Partner Connect.

TML for Monitor alerts Beta

Export, edit, and import KPI Monitor alerts programmatically, using ThoughtSpot Modeling Language. To try it out, export a Liveboard that contains Monitor alerts and its associated objects. For more information, see Syntax of the Monitor alert TML file and Monitor KPIs in your data.

Include FQNs when exporting TML files

To reduce ambiguity when exporting TML files, you can export the fully qualified names (FQNs) for the objects' data sources. If you select this option, the TML file contains FQNs for the underlying tables and connections. To try it out, select Export FQNs of referenced objects when exporting TML files. For more information, see ThoughtSpot Modeling Language.

Choose what to export modal with the export fqn option highlighted

Delete joins and RLS rules through TML

When you edit and import table TML files, ThoughtSpot now supports deletion of joins at the table level and row-level security (RLS) rules. To try it out, delete the lines in a TML file that contain RLS rules or joins, and import the object. For more information, see ThoughtSpot Modeling Language.

Delete or make a copy of objects from the details page

Delete or make a copy of Worksheets and Views from an object’s details page. To try it out, open any Worksheet or View, and select the more menu more menu icon image. For more information, see Make a copy of a Worksheet and Make a copy of a SQL-based View.

Early Access features

Administrators can see the available Early Access features and selectively enable or disable them for all users. To try it out, go to the Admin tab and select Early Access features. For more information, see Enable Early Access features. Early Access features are new in this release. For more information about them, see ThoughtSpot Cloud release life cycle. Early Access features are disabled by default.

ThoughtSpot Everywhere

For new features and enhancements introduced in this release of ThoughtSpot Everywhere, see ThoughtSpot Developer Documentation.