Choose a data source

When you first use Search Data, ThoughtSpot intelligently selects a data source for you to search. ThoughtSpot chooses the most popular data source in the cluster which you have access to. You can choose a different data source.

As part of the new Data Fluency features in the release, you can use a new and improved way to choose a data source. If this beta feature is enabled on your ThoughtSpot cluster, see Choosing a data source with new data panel experience for details.

Choosing a data source

Select the Choose sources button to browse data sources.

Click the gear icon in the Sources panel to choose a new source

You will see a list of data sources that have been shared with you. The data sources are usually created by your administrator. If you are a ThoughtSpot Free Trial user, you can upload a CSV.

You cannot select more than 100 data sources at a time. This maximum of 100 data sources improves performance and limits timeouts due to too many sources.

Searches happen in the context of the selected data sources. ThoughtSpot will also make suggestions from other data sources for you, if what you’re typing can’t be found in the selected data source.

Choosing a data source with new data panel experience

With the new Data Fluency feature, you can use the new Answer data panel experience.

Before you begin, make sure the Answer data panel experience is set to New experience in your ThoughtSpot user profile. If it is not available, contact your ThoughtSpot administrator to enable it.

To select a data source, do the following:

  • Select Search data in the top navigation bar.

    The Search data page appears.

To select a data source, do the following:

  1. Click the name of the default data source.

    The Select data source window appears.

  2. Find the new data source using the following methods:

    • In the Find sources search field, enter the name of a data source.

    • In the scrollable list of data sources, select a data source.

      You can filter the list to a specific source type by clicking the gear icon data panel gear icon, and selecting a specific source type.

Early Access

The new Answer data panel experience is part of the Data Fluency feature and is disabled by default. To enable it, contact your ThoughtSpot administrator.

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