A SpotApp is a collection of Pinboards, Answers, Worksheets, Views & Tables packaged together as a zip file. SpotApps take advantage of Scriptability, ThoughtSpot’s solution for migrating data models (Worksheets, Tables, and Views) and content (Pinboards and Answers) between different environments, such as development and production. You can optionally edit these ThoughtSpot objects during the migration process.
You can export your own custom SpotApps from the SpotApps page. Alternatively, ThoughtSpot automatically creates SpotApps for you when you export more than one object of the same type at a time, or when you export an object and its dependents.
To export your own custom SpotApps, follow these steps.
Navigate to the SpotApps page: Data > SpotApps.
Select Export SpotApps.
In the Export interface, select the Pinboards, Answers, Views, Tables, and Worksheets that you would like to include in your SpotApp. For example, for a Marketing SpotApp, you might choose a Marketing Worksheet, a Campaigns Worksheet, a Pipeline Pinboard, and a few Answers your Chief Marketing Officer created.
The Choose what to Export modal appears. Choose whether to export only the selected objects, or the selected objects and their underlying data sources (Worksheets, tables, and Views).
Open the downloaded
TMLzip file. The SpotApp zip file contains a document called the
Manifestfile, which defines the objects you exported, their underlying data sources, and any export errors. If an individual export fails, you can find an error message in the
Manifestfile. The zip file still exports, even if an individual object’s export fails.
See Scriptability for more information on exporting and importing objects.
You can import SpotApps from the SpotApps page, under Data > SpotApps.
From the SpotApps page under the Data tab, click Import SpotApps.
In the Import interface, click Select .tml or .zip files to upload.
In your file system, find and select the .zip file for the SpotApp.
If you constructed the file correctly, the Import interface displays a Validation successful message, and shows you which objects are validated. You can now import the objects. The
GUIDparameter in an object’s TML file allows ThoughtSpot to recognize pre-existing GUIDs, and determine if you are updating an existing object, or creating a new one. If you are updating an existing object, the system asks if you would like to create a new object, or update the existing one.
You can unselect any files in the
.zipfile you do not want to upload.
Click Import selected files.
The Import Status screen displays the status of the objects you imported. You can open the object(s) that you imported, or click Done to return to the main object page.
Once you connect to your data, you can work with your ThoughtSpot contacts to deploy ThoughtSpot’s pre-built SpotApps, which provide an easy way for you to start getting value from your data. They leverage your data in Snowflake, Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery, or Azure Synapse to provide pre-built Pinboards, Answers, Views, Tables, and Worksheets.
ThoughtSpot offers 3 pre-built SpotApps: Salesforce, procurement, and accounts receivable.
For example, if you choose to use the Procurement SpotApp, the Search page contains a Worksheet for your users to query on, called “Procurement Analytics Solution.”
Your users may want to understand what Answers and Pinboards are before they start searching, or they may only want to gain insights from pre-built objects. They can view any of the pre-existing objects, such as this Exec Summary Pinboard:
When you are ready to move to a production environment, you can migrate these Pinboards, Answers, Views, Tables, and Worksheets to your new environment using Scriptability, ThoughtSpot’s flat-file editing and migration system for ThoughtSpot objects.
To use one of these pre-built SpotApps, work with your ThoughtSpot contacts.
You cannot import manually compressed .zip files. You can only import .zip files that you exported from ThoughtSpot: a custom SpotApp, an object and its associated data sources, or multiple objects of the same type that you exported from the object list page.