ThoughtSpot Cloud Documentation

ThoughtSpot Cloud™ is our hosted and managed service offering. ThoughtSpot Cloud offers multiple advantages over deployment form factors that you have to manage and maintain within your own organization.

Inline Release 8.3.0.cl coming soon!

ThoughtSpot plans to upgrade customer clusters starting on May 20.

See the highlights of the 8.3.0.cl release.

Find topics for the common types of ThoughtSpot users below.

What’s new in ThoughtSpot Cloud

8.2.0.cl April 2022

KPI chart type

With this release, you get even more information from KPI charts.

  • Support for attributes

    Have you ever wanted to display just the name of your product with the highest sales as a KPI and pin it to a Liveboard? You can now get KPIs on attributes, like products and dates.

    KPI support for attributes
  • Conditional formatting

    Add visual cues for KPIs or threshold metrics, to easily show where your measurements exceed or fall short of desirable targets. For example, you can ensure that KPI metrics stay within certain ranges.

    KPI conditional formatting
  • Support for Drill down, Show underlying data, and SpotIQ analyze

    You can now right-click the sparkline visual of any KPI chart to Drill down to a finer-grain view of your data, Show underlying data, or run a custom SpotIQ analysis.

    KPI drilldown gif

HTML in answer titles and descriptions

In the title or description of an answer or visualization in a Liveboard, you can now make any word or phrase a hyperlink by using an <a href> HTML tag.

HTML links

You can also format text as bold, italic, or highlighted.

HTML highlight

This feature is available only for answers and visualizations inside a Liveboard, and not for the title or description of the Liveboard itself.

Pivot table scroll bar

If your pivot table contains more than 2 measures, the column header now has a horizontal scroll bar, so you can see all your measures without taking up excessive space.

Pivot table scroll bar gif

Other features and enhancements

Data tab redesign Beta

The redesigned data tab provides new features including SQL-based views, SpotApps, and a more intuitive user experience. To see it, select Data in the top navigation bar.

SQL-based views Beta

With SQL-based views, you can now create views based on custom SQL queries, and then use them as data sources.

sql-based-views

Simplified connections Beta

You can now more easily create connections on the new Data Workspace page. To get started, select Data > Connections, and then select a cloud data warehouse. You don’t even have to specify tables or columns when you create your connection.

simplified connections

ServiceNow and Snowflake SpotApps Beta

SpotApps are solution templates for specific use cases and data sources. We deliver them to you as pieces of code that you can download and implement directly from our product.

In this release, we introduce Analytics Blocks, which include pre-built worksheet, answer, and Liveboard blocks.

We also include the ServiceNow and Snowflake SpotApps, which mimic the ServiceNow and Snowflake data models. After you connect to your ServiceNow or Snowflake data in your cloud data warehouse, ThoughtSpot maps the data to SpotApp columns, and creates functional and customizable worksheets, answers, and Liveboards.

spot apps

All these features are part of the data tab redesign, which is in beta.

Okta authentication Beta

ThoughtSpot now supports cloud authentication through Okta. When enabled, all user authentication automatically switches to the internal Okta service.

Okta authentication provides significant improvements and security enhancements:

  • Okta maps your IDP attributes from the ThoughtSpot Admin Console, including username, email, and display name.

  • You can monitor account activation in the Admin Console > Users section. You can see if a user does not activate their account, and re-send their activation email.

  • Only Okta interacts with your ID

  • Local users create their own passwords during account activation. Administrators no longer have to create passwords for them.

ThoughtSpot Everywhere

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

About beta features

Beta features are off by default. To enable them, contact ThoughtSpot Support.







What’s coming in the next release

8.3.0.cl May 2022

KPI chart enhancements

With this release, you can track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) more easily, and tailor conditional formatting to suit your business use cases.

  • Track KPI charts from your home page watchlist

    You can now add KPIs to your watchlist and track them from your home page.

    To access this feature, navigate to the Home tab and select Add metrics to your watchlist. See Home page.

    Add KPI to home page watchlist

  • Conditional formatting for KPI attributes

    Make your KPIs stand out with conditional formatting for attribute-type KPI charts as well as measures.

    To add conditional formatting to your KPI chart, select the edit chart configuration icon icon gear 10px, click on the visualized metric, and select + Add rule. See Apply conditional formatting.

    kpi conditional attribute

Monitor KPIs

You can now schedule alerts for changes in KPIs in your data. Using the Monitor function, you can schedule email notifications for your KPIs on an hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly basis.

Select the Monitor tab to view and manage all KPI alerts you create or subscribe to. See Monitor Key Performance Indicators in your data.

monitor alert

New Liveboard experience Beta

The new Liveboard experience contains new features and enhancements, including Edit mode, HTML in Liveboard titles and descriptions, and improved filtering.

To try it out, navigate to your profile, scroll down to Experience, select Edit, and toggle the Liveboard experience to New experience. See New Liveboard experience.

new liveboard experience gif

Recently viewed Liveboard and answer suggestions

Go to your most-viewed Liveboards and answers more quickly, with recently viewed suggestions. When you search answers, ThoughtSpot now suggests Liveboards and answers you’ve recently viewed, as well as popular objects.

To search answers, select the Search answers and Liveboards search bar in the top navigation bar, or near the top of the screen on your home page. See Search answers.

Recently viewed object suggestions

New SpotIQ experience SpotIQ has a new reorganized and more intuitive UI. The functionality remains the same.

To try it out, navigate to your profile, scroll down to Experience, select Edit, and toggle the SpotIQ experience to New experience. See SpotIQ.

New SpotIQ experience

Search data button

You can now search data without disrupting your workflow. Just right-click the Search data button in the top navigation bar to open search in a new tab.

Navigate to new tab to search data

Other features and enhancements

Integration with dbt Beta

With the new dbt integration, you provide your existing dbt models and ThoughtSpot automatically creates worksheets you can use to query your data.

dbt integration

Connections

  • oracle sm Oracle connections support Exadata and ADW

    The Oracle ADW connection is renamed to Oracle. Existing ADW connections continue to work. There are now two options: Cloud for ADW connections, and On Premise for Exadata or other on-premise Oracle databases. See Oracle.

  • dremio sm Dremio

    Dremio is a new connection type, which supports OAuth authentication. See Dremio.

  • databricks sm OAuth for Databricks

    Databricks connections now support OAuth authentication. See Databricks.

Advanced data encryption at rest

You now have more granular user and folder-level controls for encrypting your persistent data, with advanced data encryption at rest (EAR).

Jira Issue Management SpotApp Beta

With the new Jira Issue Management Spot App, you can analyze your issue tracking data. It maps your Jira data to SpotApp columns, and creates customizable worksheets, answers, and Liveboards, based on your data.

Jira SpotApp

ThoughtSpot Everywhere

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

About beta features

Beta features are off by default. To enable them, contact ThoughtSpot Support.