Product and Engineering

Embedded Analytics: From Data Democratization to

Many organizations today recognize that although they generate massive amounts of data, much of it remains untapped. As Michael Lock, VP &...
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Startup Life

Looking Back: A Record Year

Today we announced some pretty amazing year end results for our fiscal year ending January 31, 2017. We grew our global customer base by ...
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BI Leadership

Search-Driven Analytics Debuts on Gartner MQ

I’m thrilled to announce that ThoughtSpot has been named a new vendor in the Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and ...
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Data Trends

9 Podcasts for People Who Love Data

At ThoughtSpot we’re always looking for ways to keep up with the latest trends in data and analytics. With the rise of the podcast in ...
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Data Trends

Super Bowl (LI): Analyzing the Battle Between Two MVP-

In just over a week, the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots will square off at America’s most popular perennial event—the Super ...
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BI Leadership

Why Relational Search is Winning the Battle for BI

Search has taken the world by storm. Every day two billion people use search to get instant access to massive amounts of information. This ...
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Tips and Tutorials

6 Ways to Bulletproof Your Data Model

So you’re ready to roll out your dimensional data model and looking for ways to put the finishing touches on it. These 6 best practices ...
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Tips and Tutorials

Top 10 Last Minute Gifts for the Data Geek in Your Life

The winter holiday season is upon us, and we want to share some of our favorite gift ideas for the data geek in your life. Here at ...
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Product and Engineering

Embedded Analytics for the “Data Hungry” World

The past decade has seen a resurgence of interest in data. To name a few, there are poll trackers for elections, sports blogs that dissect ...
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Product and Engineering

Power to the People: The Rise of Citizen Integrators

Analytics are only as good as the data going into the engine. In a previous post (Faster BI for the Masses) we discussed how search-driven ...
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Tips and Tutorials

Dimensional Data Modeling in 4 Simple Steps

This guide serves as the first of a series of blog posts designed to help you set up an analytics-ready data pipeline using some fundamental...
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Startup Life

3 Important Lessons from the Grace Hopper Conference

In October, 15,000 women from all over the world gathered in Houston, Texas, to celebrate being women in tech. The Grace Hopper Conference...
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BI Leadership

It’s Time to Think Different About BI

The pace of business change is higher than it has ever been. A big influence is the emergence of digital channels and disruptions in every ...
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BI Leadership

Building an ROI Case for Analytics: A Guided Tour

“Why do we need to build an ROI assessment when it’s so obvious we need to upgrade our analytics solution?” If you’ve lived through ...
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Product and Engineering

3 Things to Prioritize in Every Product Release

Product management at a high growth startup is a high stakes, high rewards role. This is especially true at a place like ThoughtSpot where ...
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Data Trends

Trump vs. Clinton: Analyzing the 2016 Election Facts

In just a few hours, two of the most recognized names in the United States will take the stage to battle it out in the third and final ...
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Startup Life

New Investment from Hewlett Packard Pathfinder

It’s a big day at ThoughtSpot! We’ve just expanded our Series C funding round with a new investment from Hewlett Packard Pathfinder. ...
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Customer Success

Analyzing Marketing Data: Getting Data into ThoughtSpot

I recently wrote about a custom demo we developed with one of our partners, Celebrus. The business use case was providing ad-hoc analysis ...
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Startup Life

CodeX 2016 - ThoughtSpot Annual Hackathon

We just wrapped up our annual hackathon, and we’re excited to share a list of huge new features that will soon be a part of the ...
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BI Leadership

Building a Killer BI Business Case: Start Small, Think

Business Intelligence (BI) is now solidly at the top of the list of most enterprise IT plans. Top-performing companies will spend 33% more ...
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BI Leadership

Faster BI for the Masses? Oh, It’s Happening

Be honest, how do you really feel about your business intelligence (BI) solution? BI has always held the promise of delivering faster access...
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BI Leadership

The Analytics Battle: Agility vs. Governance

Despite the recent rise in data analytics as a “topic du jour” the concept has been around for over a century. “BI” as we think of ...
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Customer Success

Customer Analytics: How to Boost Loyalty & Reduce

Our phones are with us nearly 24/7. For many of us, it’s the first thing we look at in the morning and the last thing before bed. (In fact...
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Customer Success

Analyzing Marketing Data: Behind the Scenes at the

One of ThoughtSpot’s new partners in EMEA is Celebrus. They provides their client’s marketers with data about how individuals are ...
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Data Trends

3 Tips for Crushing Your Next Analytics Project

I spend a lot of my time these days traveling to talk to customers about how to get the most value out of their analytics ecosystem.  ...
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Customer Success

How Universities Are Adopting Analytics to Boost

Collegis Education was founded to help colleges and universities understand and leverage their data to better attract, engage, and retain ...
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BI Leadership

Why is ThoughtSpot Cool

Each year Gartner picks 4-6 cool vendors in every technology sector. Vendors are chosen for innovative technology, solutions and go to ...
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Customer Success

The Trader’s Tale: Ad Hoc Data Exploration

In financial services organizations, traders live and breath data; they need it in order to make decisions fast. They’re constantly ...
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Customer Success

SterlingBackcheck Brings Analytics to the Front-Line

SterlingBackcheck provides background checks for over 30,000 customers around the world, including a quarter of the Fortune 100. This ...
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BI Leadership

Retail Search Technology: Crown Jewels and Dirty Little

As retailers engage in a continuous battle to optimize the shopping experience, their ability to get insights from the growing amount of ...
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BI Leadership

5 Takeaways from This Year's Gartner Summit

We’re back in Palo Alto after another engaging week at Gartner BI & Analytics Summit in Grapevine, TX. Coming shortly after their ...
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Tips and Tutorials

What the Bleep is a Chasm Trap

Chasm trap. Sounds like one of those metal claws hunters put in the jungle to capture leopards and panthers - not something you want to fall...
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BI Leadership

What is Search-Driven Analytics

There are a number of different types of search technologies out there, and we often get asked what we mean when we say “Search-Driven ...
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Design and UX

Our February Design Reading List

We spent much of February focused on improving our product design and development process. Here's what we've been reading...
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BI Leadership

Taking Stock of 2015

It’s hard to believe it’s been a full year since we launched ThoughtSpot. We’ve learned a lot in the past year from our customers, our...
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Product and Engineering

How to Recruit from Google

At ThoughtSpot, we're inspired by the “human scale” UX that Google’s search engine provides to billions of people worldwide. As we ...
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Customer Success

Building an Analytics-Driven Retail Machine

The way we shop has changed. So how can retailers adapt? Here's how one top retailer using self-service analytics to get smarter about its ...
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Customer Success

How One CIO Turned Sales Reps into Data Analysts

The financial services sector harbors some of the most innovative and most traditional companies operating today. FinTech stars like Bitcoin...
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BI Leadership

2016 Anti-Predictions for Analytics

2016 is here, and with it comes the traditional barrage of prophecies for the year ahead. Year after year, we hear leaders in the tech ...
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Startup Life

How to Build an iOS App in 72 Hours

Here's how we built ThoughtSpot's mobile app in three days...
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Startup Life

The Death of Hierarchy at Work

In this post, I’ll unpack the hierarchy model and why it’s breaking, introduce a new model for young companies, and discuss the ...
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Data Trends

America’s Mass Shootings in 6 Charts

Gun control is a highly polarizing topic in this country. When opinions are strongest and opposing, one of the best ways to bring people ...
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BI Leadership

ThoughtSpot 3: Collective Intelligence Meets Search-

Today we announced ThoughtSpot 3, the world’s first product to combine collaborative intelligence with search-driven analytics. We’ve ...
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BI Leadership

Search: How to Harness the Most Intuitive Interface for

Removing the middleman and letting people access their data directly requires two fundamental changes to status quo. First, user interfaces ...
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Data Trends

5 Questions Every B2B Marketer Needs to Ask Their Data

Despite the fact that marketers are now swimming in a sea of data about their campaigns, content, and pipeline, we still struggle to ...
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BI Leadership

Top 3 Questions for Leaders in a BI Buying Cycle

Three must-ask questions every business manager should bring up during your next BI buying cycle...
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BI Leadership

What Do Analytics and Travel Delays Have in Common

It shouldn't require technically-skilled employees to get answers any more than we need a specialist to get an answer from retail data at ...
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BI Leadership

Big Data on Tap: Teradata Access for All with

For the enterprise, the big data storage problem has been solved by companies like Teradata that offer a unified architecture able to store ...
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BI Leadership

Why BI Isn't Ready for the Cloud

While the cloud has worked very well for business applications with low data volumes and simple security requirements (CRM, for example), it...
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BI Leadership

4 Takeaways from Strata + Hadoop World ‘15

We had a great week at Strata + Hadoop World in NYC, meeting with over 6,000 data professionals to discuss the future of work and innovation...
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BI Leadership

Big Data Access for Humans at Strata + Hadoop World

It’s been 3 months since we had our coming out party at Gartner. Since then, we’ve released over 100 new product features, signed up a ...
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Product and Engineering

How We Power Search-Driven Analytics with Informatica [

Our VP of Marketing, Scott Holden, and Principal Engineer and Co-founder, Vijay Ganesan, recently joined Tamara Striffler, Director of ...
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Product and Engineering

CodeX 2015: How We Killed the Keyboard with 3D, Motion-

The cornerstone of our engineering ethos at ThoughtSpot – the Arc Reactor to our Ironman – is our ability to perform the spectacular ...
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Product and Engineering

CodeX 2015: Data Visualizations You Can Actually Feel

Data is at its most powerful when it is tangible. Charts and graphs give us insights and allow us to see connections we might have missed. ...
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Product and Engineering

Why Engineers are the Jocks of the Tech World

Whether you experienced it through a pair of taped-up bifocals, through your helmet's facemask, or simply from the sidelines, we’ve all ...
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Product and Engineering

CodeX 2015: Unleashing 50x Teams

May 21, 2015 marked the three year anniversary of ThoughtSpot. We’ve come a long way since 2012 - 1.2 million lines of code, to be exact...
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Startup Life

What’s An Illustrator Doing Working at a Tech Startup

I often get incredulous looks when I say I work at a tech startup...as an artist. I hear it both from my art school friends (let’s just ...
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Startup Life

Embracing Silicon Valley Crazy

When I took a job with ThoughtSpot, I thought I had some idea of what I was walking into. I couldn't have been more misguided...
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BI Leadership

Busted: The Business Intelligence Industry's Biggest

Self-service is one of the hottest terms in business intelligence. Unfortunately, it's also one of the most misunderstood...
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Product and Engineering

How to Choose Your Next Engineering Career

I sat down last month with three tech industry visionaries -- Suhail Doshi, Co-founder & CEO at Mixpanel; Keith Rabois, Investment ...
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Design and UX

How to Design Enterprise Apps for Humans

As we’ve built our product the past two years, we’ve borrowed a lot from consumer app design. Here are my four biggest take-aways for ...
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BI Leadership

2015 IDG Big Data Survey - 3 Things You Should Know

Check out our key takeaways from a recent IDG Enterprise survey of 1,139 IT decision makers regarding the growth of "big data" within the ...
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Data Trends

Visual Data or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love

Although computers are able to create visualizations quickly, they’re still playing catch up with data collection...
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BI Leadership

Our Top 5 Blogs for IT Leaders

As IT leaders, we know you’re busy. Here are 5 fantastic blogs to stay up to date on the latest at the intersection of business and ...
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Product and Engineering

How We Engineered ThoughtSpot to Deliver Search at

There’s a lot of magic happening under the hood of ThoughtSpot. Our analytical search engine architecture is composed of multiple services...
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BI Leadership

8 Key Takeaways from Gartner BI & Analytics Summit

We just got back from a hectic few days in Las Vegas at the Gartner BI and Analytics Summit. From the conversations with several hundred ...
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BI Leadership

A Hero Is Born At Gartner BI

Are you headed to the Gartner BI & Analytics Summit in two weeks in Las Vegas? It’s the biggest event in BI, and ThoughtSpot will be...
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Tips and Tutorials

5 Magic Fixes for the Most Common CSV File Problems

I’ve encountered a thousand different problems with data importing and flat files over the last 20 years. I’ve distilled this list down ...
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Product and Engineering

Why We Built Our New Informatica Connector

ThoughtSpot’s search-based analytics technology is awesome for helping our customers get instant answers out of data from across their ...
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BI Leadership

How to Use Data to Evaluate TCO Before You Buy

Are you one of the lucky IT leaders whose budget is growing by 25% this year? If so, congrats. If not, or if you want to maximize those ...
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Tips and Tutorials

How to Export the Perfect CSV File from Oracle,

How do you get data out of your system and into a proper CSV format? Good question. We've got you covered...
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BI Leadership

2015 Predictions: BI Finally Shines a Spotlight On

As we ease into 2015, big changes are afoot in business intelligence. To excel, vendors will need to redirect efforts where results matter ...
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Data Trends

Top 5 Data Trends to Guide Your Valentine's Day

Here at ThoughtSpot, we’re all about helping our customers make sense of their data. So today, we thought we’d try to give you a hand ...
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BI Leadership

The #1 Lesson BI Should Steal From Consumer Technology

The BI industry has seen a slow, shallow evolution over the last few decades. Sure, a few things have improved. But reporting today looks ...
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BI Leadership

Top 5 Takeaways From Our 2015 BI Survey

This January, we surveyed 60 CIOs, VPs and Directors of IT, BI, and Analytics about their BI agility. We were interested in learning how ...
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BI Leadership

15 Game-Changing BI Stats for 2015

We may be approaching the end of January, but it’s not too late to refresh your Business Intelligence resolutions for the new year. Here ...
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BI Leadership

Stop Gambling With Your BI

You have a better chance of winning in Las Vegas than you do with your BI solution. Ouch...
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Tips and Tutorials

6 Rules for Creating Valid CSV Files

What makes a "good" CSV file as opposed to an "evil" one? Okay, I suppose evilness isn't really a property of CSV files, but if you've ever ...
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BI Leadership

The 8 Things Most Software Vendor Evaluations Miss

After spending time on both sides of software vendor evaluations, answering reams of RFPs, and sitting in on a dozen scripted demos, I've ...
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Tips and Tutorials

CSV vs. Delimited Flat Files: How to Choose

If you work with data, eventually you're going to want to move it from one database to another. Understanding flat files in depth is the ...
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Startup Life

The Power of the Corporate Time Capsule

We can all agree that time capsules rank high on the awesomeness spectrum. But have you ever considered how flashbacks can work in a ...
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Data Trends

Better Sleep Through Data Gamification

You don't need a sleep consultant or a prescription to get better sleep. Just a little behavior tweaking, made easier with the right data...
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Data Trends

9 Favorite Open Source Datasets

Why is it that you can never find a good public dataset when you need one? Here are some of our favorite sources for fun, intriguing, or ...
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Data Trends

7 Great Toys To Teach Your Kids About Data

For those of us who work with data and analytics, it's with a special joy that we notice the first tiny signs of "the data gene" in our kids...
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Startup Life

7 Productivity Tools We're Thankful For This Year

With Thanksgiving upon us, we're in a generous mood over here at ThoughtSpot. Check out our seven favorite productivity tools that you, ...
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BI Leadership

Is Your BI Tool Breaking These 3 Promises

The outlandish promises made by BI tools can feel like a circus sideshow. What if you could experience wonder and delight instead of a ...
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Product and Engineering

Top 6 Tactics to Lure the Best Engineers to Your

How do you recruit people who are happy where they are? Hint: Not with free smoothies and beer...
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Product and Engineering

Top 10 Ways to Use That Extra IT Headcount

No doubt you know how to ask for one more person on your team. You probably had to do that when requests for reports outpaced your ability ...
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Data Trends

Dogs & Data: The Hairy Truth About Movember

Movember matters, and it's not too late to join. Here's why you should jump on the bandwagon...
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Design and UX

9 Design Insights We Got from UX Testing on Kids

You probably test your user experience in lots of ways: A/B testing, wireframing, and recorded stream of consciousness walkthroughs. Have ...
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Customer Success

Marketing Made "Google Easy

Megan Tsuei, Director of Marketing for Andersen Tax, offers a firsthand account of the ways in which relational search can transform ...
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BI Leadership

Let's Face It. BI Sucks

When things suck, we find a solution. Every solution creates new problems. We solve these problems with a new solution. Which brings new ...
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BI Leadership

Search Is Hard

Have you ever stopped to imagine what your life would be like without Google...
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Product and Engineering

Why Relational Search Is Hard(er)...And Why We Like It

The tech world looks pretty different than it did in 1962, but some things remain the same. Solving hard problems still stretches our ...
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