Deprecation and de-support announcements

ThoughtSpot sometimes deprecates and then de-supports existing features, replacing them with new and more effective means to use our products. In this article, we give you advance notice of features we are discontinuing in future releases.

ThoughtSpot deprecates some existing features, and then de-supports them. These terms mean two different things.

Deprecated

A deprecated feature still exists in the product, for backward compatibility, but there is a plan to remove it in a later release. Deprecated features do not receive ongoing support from ThoughtSpot.

We recommend that you stop using deprecated features as soon as possible, and change your workflows to use the new, improved functionality instead.

De-supported

A de-supported feature no longer exists in the product. When you upgrade to a newer release, any workflows that rely on a de-supported feature no longer work.

Deprecated in 8.10.cl

The 8.10.0.cl release of ThoughtSpot Cloud, targeted for October 2022 (GA), will drop support for the following feature:

Pin Headlines

ThoughtSpot will deprecate the pin Headline to Liveboard feature. Beginning in the 8.10.cl Cloud release, users will no longer see the pin icon when they click on table summaries. To visualize and pin single aggregated measures, attributes in string/date format, or time-series metrics with sparklines, we recommend creating KPI charts. Existing Headlines pinned to Liveboards will not be affected in this release.

Deprecated in 8.3.0.cl

The 8.3.0.cl release of ThoughtSpot Cloud, targeted for April 2022 (GA), will deprecate the following features. ThoughtSpot will drop support for this feature in a later release.

New Liveboard experience deprecations

The following features are not available with the new Liveboard experience, but they are available in the classic experience. The new Liveboard experience is on by default, and users can turn it on or off individually from their profile. If you would like your company to be able to use these de-supported features, you can turn the new Liveboard experience off for your company from the Admin Console. Alternatively, if it is available in your environment, you can turn it on or off individually from your profile.

  • Share a visualization: The share button for a specific visualization within a Liveboard is no longer available. Instead, share the Liveboard. Then, select the more menu icon more 10px for the visualization, and select Copy link. This provides you with a link to the specific visualization within the Liveboard. You can send that link to the user you shared the Liveboard with.

  • Switch between Liveboards from the Liveboard title: This feature allowed you to click on a Liveboard title and view a list of other recently edited Liveboards that you could click on. Instead, navigate between Liveboards from your home page, or the Liveboard list page.

  • Copy embed link: The Copy embed link option in the more menu icon more 10px for the Liveboard or a visualization is no longer available. Instead, use the SDK for embedding purposes.

  • Change title menu option: The Change title option in the more menu icon more 10px for a visualization is no longer available. Instead, to make changes to the Liveboard, you must be in edit mode. To enter edit mode, select the Edit button at the top right of the Liveboard. Then, click on the visualization title or description to edit it inline.

  • Liveboard edit icon: The Liveboard edit icon icon edit 10px next to the Liveboard name, for editing the Liveboard name or description, is no longer available. Instead, to make changes to the Liveboard, you must be in edit mode. To enter edit mode, select the Edit button at the top right of the Liveboard. If this button is grayed out, you do not have edit privileges for the Liveboard. To resolve this, contact your administrator or the creator of the Liveboard.

  • Edit an answer in Liveboard present mode: This feature allowed users to select the edit icon icon edit 10px while presenting a Liveboard, and directly edit the answer. Instead, exit Present mode, and edit the answer.

De-supported in 8.2.0.cl (March Cloud)

The 8.2.0.cl (March Cloud) release of ThoughtSpot Cloud, targeted for March 2022 (GA), will drop support for the following feature:

Business user onboarding

ThoughtSpot will replace the current business user onboarding (present in 8.1.0.cl and earlier) with a new onboarding flow. The new onboarding flow directs new users to Search Assist, where they can complete sample searches on demo data or their company’s data.

De-supported in 8.0.0.cl (January Cloud)

The 8.0.0.cl (January Cloud) release of ThoughtSpot Cloud, targeted for January 2022 (GA), will drop support for the following feature:

Liveboard follow

In November Cloud 2021 and earlier, there are two different ways for a user to ask ThoughtSpot to email them a Liveboard PDF on a specified schedule. You can follow the Liveboard, or schedule a Liveboard job.

In 8.0.0.cl (January Cloud) and later releases, ThoughtSpot will combine these features into a single action called "Schedule." The Follow option will not be available. This change will allow any user to schedule their own Liveboard emails. To send Liveboard emails to other users, you still need the Can schedule for others permission.

ThoughtSpot will migrate any existing Liveboard follows to Liveboard schedules. If you followed a Liveboard in November Cloud or earlier, you will see it in the list of Liveboard schedules for that Liveboard as Migrated from follow (your display name).

De-supported in August Cloud

The August Cloud release of ThoughtSpot Cloud, targeted for August 2021 (GA), will drop support for the following feature:

Ask an Expert

This feature allowed users to ask a designated expert on a particular data source for help when they run into an issue with an Answer or search they created on that data source. Now, users can learn about specific data sources in a number of different ways, such as searching across existing Answers and Pinboards, or completing Search Assist sample queries on their own data.

De-supported in May Cloud

The May Cloud release of ThoughtSpot Cloud, targeted for May 2021 (GA), will drop support for the following features:

Home page shortcuts for Answers and Pinboards

In May Cloud, we are replacing this feature with the ability to add important metrics from Pinboards to your watchlist and track them from the home page. To quickly access your most-used Answers and Pinboards in May Cloud, favorite these objects and toggle My favorites.

Replay search

Customers currently use Replay search to learn how to use ThoughtSpot’s search on data. As an alternative, use Search Assist to learn how to use ThoughtSpot’s search on data, either on demo data, or on your company’s data.

Learn how to use ThoughtSpot Pinboard

This Pinboard contains search replays created in the system. The Replay Search feature is de-supported in May Cloud. Customers currently use Replay search and the Learn how to use ThoughtSpot Pinboard to learn how to use ThoughtSpot’s search on data. As an alternative, use Search Assist to learn how to use ThoughtSpot’s search on data, either on demo data, or on your company’s data.

Deprecated in May Cloud

The May Cloud release of ThoughtSpot Cloud, targeted for May 2021 (GA), will deprecate the following features. ThoughtSpot will drop support for these features in a later release. If you have the new Answer experience turned on, these features are de-supported in May Cloud. To use these features, turn the new Answer experience off individually from your profile or for your whole company by contacting ThoughtSpot Support.

Multiple join path resolution within the formula editor or a search

When you try to search on columns with more than one possible join path, the system no longer allows you to define the join path within the search. Similarly, when you try to create a formula with columns with more than one possible join path, the system does not allow you to define the join path. Instead, the system now prompts you to resolve this issue and avoid confusion or incorrect data by creating a Worksheet with the correct join path.

Send feedback

The option to send product feedback, from the more options menu more options menu icon on an Answer or search.

Client-side summaries for tables

We consolidated column summaries and headlines into one summary, called a headline summary. To calculate these headline summaries, ThoughtSpot executes one SQL query for each summary against the underlying database. These headline summaries are integrated with the table columns. You can pin them to Pinboards.

Ask an Expert

This feature allowed users to ask a designated expert on a particular data source for help when they run into an issue with an Answer or search they created on that data source. Now, users can learn about specific data sources in a number of different ways, such as searching across existing Answers and Pinboards, or completing Search Assist sample queries on their own data.