The 8 most insightful moments from Beyond 2021

This week, ThoughtSpot gathered virtually with thousands of global customers, partners, and friends to share our vision for the future of analytics at Beyond 2021. A future where everyone in your business can create personalized insights and operationalize them to drive smarter business actions using self-service reporting. And where innovative brands like Snowflake, Starbucks, Just Eat Takeaway, and Opendoor are already building their businesses on data with the Modern Analytics Cloud. Through these powerful customer stories, strengthened support from partners at dbt Labs and Databricks, and exciting product innovations like the new Data Workspace, SpotApps, and Live Analytics, attendees experienced what’s possible in life after dashboards.

Below is a recap of our favorite moments from this year's show. If you weren’t able to join live, or just want to replay the sessions again, you can catch every minute on demand.    

The business case for modern cloud analytics

ThoughtSpot Chief Data Strategy Officer, Cindi Howson kicked off with a candid discussion of why businesses must invest in a modern cloud analytics platform, now more than ever. In her own words, “Spending millions on infrastructure changes that the business can’t see or act on is what’s driving a bigger wedge between business and IT.”

Cindi Howson speaking on stage.


The secret to turning this around? Analytics that can run searches on all of your cloud data at the most granular level, create automated AI-driven insights at the speed of digital business, and deliver action-oriented insights at the point of impact for all workers at all levels. Watch the session.

The world’s first look at Live Analytics

Next up, ThoughtSpot Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Ajeet Singh took a deep dive into ThoughtSpot’s dynamic search architecture, purpose-built to deliver customers a highly interactive, consumer-grade user experience for data, all at cloud-scale.

Ajeet Singh speaking on stage.


It’s this unique architecture that powers all of ThoughtSpot’s Live Analytics services including Liveboards, live search, live charts, live monitoring, and live actions. And because these services run live on your cloud data, you can be sure your insights reflect what’s happening in your business right now, not a snapshot from two days or two months ago. Watch the session.

Snowflake CIO and CDO, Sunny Bedi reveals his secret to a high performing IT Operations team

To help make Live Analytics real, Snowflake CIO and CDO, Sunny Bedi shared how the IT Operations team is building their business on data with ThoughtSpot.

Sunny Bedi.


He explained how the team has rolled out ThoughtSpot to more than 350 employees across IT, Security, Data, and Sales and how his own team has increased time spent on transformational IT initiatives by 20%. He also touched on how ThoughtSpot and Snowflake deliver incredible value for shared customers by making granular insights quickly and easily accessible to anyone in the business. Watch the session.

SeekWell’s Mike Ritchie unveils a new Data Workspace for Analysts and Data Engineers

After spending so much time talking about the product, it was finally time to see it in action. First up was a tour of ThoughtSpot’s newly launched Data Workspace — your analytics mission control center. 

Mike Ritchie.


In this new Data Workspace, analytics and data engineers can take a variety of actions including connecting to cloud data sources, modeling data with SQL and dbt, and operationalizing insights back to business apps like ServiceNow, Salesforce, and Marketo. This is also the launch point for SpotApps, ThoughtSpot’s pre-built apps for the most popular live analytics use cases. Watch session.

dbt Labs’ Tristan Handy announces strategic new integration and partnership with ThoughtSpot

As any analytics engineer will tell you, dbt is one of the most well-loved analytics tools on the planet because of how easily it allows you to transform data in your cloud data warehouse

Tristan Handy.


During his chat with Mike Ritchie, dbt Labs Founder and CEO, Tristan Handy shared exactly how ThoughtSpot’s new dbt integration in the Data Workspace will allow you to connect to dbt Cloud and start instantly searching and creating insights. Watch session.’s Nayab Majid shares how the business is creating engaging data apps with ThoughtSpot Everywhere

Analytics is quickly becoming a part of everyone’s daily routines, and customers are increasingly demanding better, more interactive analytics experiences from their data apps. No company knows this better than

Nayab Majid.


In her chat with ThoughtSpot Chief Development Officer, Summer Arora, Nayab described how the team’s static dashboards failed to capture fast-changing consumer trends or meet the needs of restaurant partners. To solve this problem, she turned to ThoughtSpot Everywhere’s flexible, engaging, and embeddable analytics platform to help customers better forecast and grow their businesses. Today, JustEatTakeaway has grown its data app users from 1,200 to 50,000. Watch session.

The legacy of courageous leaders

To keep the inspiration going, ThoughtSpot CEO, Sudheesh Nair offered stories of courage for any leader spearheading their own cloud analytics journey.

Sudheesh Nair.

As he said, “Change isn’t easy for people. Revolutionaries always encounter resistance, but they lead the charge anyway because it’s the right thing to do.” Watch session.

The surprising link between successful leadership and self-awareness

And just when you thought you’d seen it all, organizational psychologist and New York Times best-selling author of Insight, Tasha Eurich shared invaluable tips for building better self-awareness, improving productivity, and becoming transformational leaders.

Tasha Eurich.

See you at Beyond 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us in making Beyond 2021 the most unforgettable yet. If you thought this year’s show was impactful, imagine extending it to two full days of in-person learning and networking. Beyond 2022 is returning live to Las Vegas, NV in May. Make sure to take advantage of our special early bird registration price between now until December 1 to make sure you’re part of the action. We can’t wait to see you there!