[2016–11–10] MemSQL, Tableau, and the Democratization of Data

Making Data Available

Companies are migrating to a new model of data distribution — shared access to a centralized database with both historical data and real-time data. This is a far cry from the traditional approach of using many small database instances with stale data, isolated silos, and limited user access. Now, raw data is available to everyone. Employees are empowered to dive into the data, discover new opportunities, or close efficiency gaps in a way that has never been done before. The need for data now coupled with scalability has attracted many developers to in-memory, clustered databases.

Making Data Actionable in Real Time

Innovations in data visualization have produced powerful, usable tools that afford companies the opportunity to be data-driven. One tool we see embedded across different industries is Tableau. With its mature ecosystem and rich featureset, the business intelligence platform makes it easy for individuals to create compelling, interactive data visualizations. It is a very attractive package for different business levels because it does not require expertise or a degree in visual design or information systems. Any user can create meaningful, actionable dashboards providing views of the business from thirty thousand feet as well as at ground level.

  • No access to real-time, limited to batch loads
  • Slow query execution
  • Concurrency limitations
  • Siloed data
  • Limited hardware choices / technical debt accumulation



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Neil Dahlke

Neil Dahlke

Engineer. @hashicorp , formerly @memsql , @UChiResearch . @depaulu alum.