Domo Adds Tools for Data Discovery

Earlier this month, Domo announced a series of free, additional features that aim to leverage Domo’s Business Cloud to help alleviate the pain of the data analysts’ experience. This can be especially helpful for when data analysts are trying to transition from data discovery to sharing key insights they have uncovered more broadly across the organizations.

In their press release, Josh James, the founder and CEO of Domo noted that “Data analysts and IT professionals consistently tell us that data discovery tools like Tableau are great tools for data drilling – but when they need to share insights with executives across the organization, or work with large data sets, their experience quickly descends into what they refer to as ‘Tableau Hell’.”

Though data is wide-reaching and many are producing more than ever before, James observed that “today’s desktop analysis and on-premise tools are not built for scale and cause more frustration for data professionals who are forced to toggle between multiple tools to find insights and then distribute them into the hands of business decision makers.”

Domo recognizes several of the deficiencies of current tools: first, existing tools fail to handle the volume of data being analyzed and still require analysts to produce endless, separate reports for business decision makers. It also noticed that many tools aren’t built from the ground up for the cloud. Currently, many programs lack a central command center for data governance and control; there is no standard for comparison as separate teams in the enterprise work from disconnected sets of information.

Domo has made these new data discovery capabilities inclusive of its free offering and its platform because they want to provide enterprises with tools. First, Domo added its Workbench tool, which enables “on-premise data to be ingested to the data warehouse and easily added to visualizations.” By combining all of this into a single-source solution, it allows end-to-end data integration, data discovery and sharing in the cloud without integrating desktop software, third-party tools or on-premise servers. Since there is now one central repository, it is simple and easy for organizations to understand and control access to data.

Domo Workbench is Domo’s powerful client-side tool that safeguards data access and enables uploading high-volumes of on-premise data securely into Domo. When leveraging Workbench, analysts that use free Domo can now bring data from behind their firewall into the Domo platform, meant to make it easy and simple to explore and discover insights to share across the enterprise.

Secondly, there is Analyzer, a single workspace interface from where data analysts can choose and explore all the data sets available in Domo. Analyzer offers features like Data Lineage, “a path-based view that clarifies which sources that were combined to create a given dataset.” It also permits simultaneous display data tables next to visualizations, which can highlight insights available only during the discovery process. Analyzer will be available in limited beta release at the end of November with a full rollout planned for Q1 2017.

Regarding the newest features, James added, “While Domo was designed for the business decision maker, the Business Cloud brings tremendous advantage to the data professional dedicated to serving the business. Adding Analyzer and including our existing Workbench tool to our free version helps alleviate the pain of having to use a patchwork of disconnected tools. With an architecture that allows for blazing-fast performance and the ability to seamlessly distribute insights in a format consumable by executives, Domo is the perfect solution to help analysts escape from data hell.”

With the addition of the new enhanced free offering, Domo’s Business Cloud is prepared to aid data analysts to discover, organize and share insights easier across the enterprise.


Key Takeaways:

– Domo has recognized the failure of current data discovery tools to provide more analysis that they can then share across the enterprise.

– With this revelation in mind, Domo is adding Workbench and Analyzer to their current free offering in Domo’s Business Cloud. Both will enhance analysis of data sets, the ability to recognize insights through an easy organization of the data and to then share that information simply across the enterprise.

– Workbench is currently available with Analyzer coming in beta form by the end of November 2016. Analyzer will be fully integrated into the platform sometime in Q1 2017.

Lindsey Cobb

Lindsey Cobb, a Georgia native and former history major, is a technology researcher who is fascinated by past and future of technology. When she is not engrossed in the prophecy of science fiction stories, Lindsey is likely to be planning her next adventurous trip or petting every dog she meets. Contact Lindsey at [email protected]