Spotlight on Cloud Analytics and Spreadsheets, and Datateer Partner Sigma

December 26, 2022  

You know spreadsheets, you love spreadsheets. When you’re working with data, they are one of the easiest ways to read, store, and analyze your data. But did you know that cloud analytics can take your spreadsheets to the next level?

If you want to step up your analytics game, you’ve come to the right place. Datateer has partnered with Sigma Computing to bring you scalable, secure, and oh-so-organized, fast-to-market analytics.

The Benefits of Cloud Analytics

Cloud analytics is moving your data analytics operations to the cloud for storage and processing. Before the cloud, all analytics took place on a server. The cloud is ideal for large-scale analytics because it allows infinite data sets and a cost-effective model. Organizations all over the world agree; more than 60% of corporate data is stored in the cloud.

Data Growth

One of the primary advantages of cloud analytics is its scalability. Companies can easily increase or reduce their usage depending on their data needs. This can drive growth because it’s a highly versatile solution that allows businesses to adapt quickly to changing conditions.

Data Safety

Cloud analytics also provides organizations with improved security and privacy. All data stored in the cloud is protected with advanced encryption techniques to ensure it remains safe from unauthorized access and manipulation. Furthermore, user authentication protocols are in place so only those who have clearance can view or alter the data stored in the cloud. It’s a practical solution ensuring that businesses can keep their sensitive information remains confidential at all times.

Save Money

Cloud analytics can be cost-effective. Companies save money on IT infrastructure and other costs associated with managing large amounts of data internally. And since there’s no need for proprietary hardware or software purchases, businesses save even more money by accessing cloud services on a pay-as-you-go basis rather than subscribing to costly yearly contracts or packages.

Why People Use Spreadsheets in Analytics

Spreadsheets have been the backbone of analytics since the dawn of time. Ok, perhaps that’s a bit of a stretch, but you get the idea: a long time. Spreadsheets are a one-stop BI tool for storing, organizing, and analyzing data. We all know Excel; it’s probably the first spreadsheet most of us have ever used. 81% of businesses still use Excel.

Easy Organization

Spreadsheets have remained so popular for a long time because they are hyper-organized. Split into rows and columns, the data is easy to read and manipulate when needed. And unless you are working on a complex setup, spreadsheets don’t require a lot of training. Most spreadsheets are pretty instinctual.

Share the Workload

They’re also collaborative. Employees can share access with each other, so anybody can jump in and access the information they need; they can also make necessary changes and updates. So unless the owner or creator of the document restricts access, anybody with the spreadsheet can collaborate right in the spreadsheet.

Sigma: The Marriage Of Cloud Analytics And Spreadsheets To Create A Better Experience For Users

Sigma founders wanted to create a company that gave businesses a way to share data with their clients efficiently. And today, they offer cloud-scale analytics that is accessible and user-friendly to business customers. No IT expert required.

Sigma’s analytics platform is custom-built to connect directly with your cloud warehouse. When you store data from multiple sources in your cloud data warehouse, Sigma can communicate with it, pulling your information instantly and updating your spreadsheets. No manual exporting of your data is required. As a result, your insights are always 100% accurate and entirely current. 

No matter how many data sources you load into your warehouse, Sigma instantly and continuously updates your spreadsheet. You can rest easy knowing that your data is always up to date, so you can make fast decisions based on your latest, reliable business intelligence.

Sigma differs from traditional spreadsheets, though. Instead of working with the old-fashioned cells, Sigma spreadsheets employ columns. How does this improve your analytics experience? So glad you asked! When you give a column a command, it applies to the entire column, meaning there’s no opportunity for common computing errors to wreak havoc on your data outcomes. 

And when you have extensive data sets, one small error can cause mass chaos in your analytics. Sigma spreadsheets avoid those usual input mistakes.

How Datateer Uses Sigma Computing

We at Datateer have partnered with Sigma to bring you the fastest, most reliable, and most accurate data spreadsheets. We incorporate their custom tables (what they call their spreadsheets) where you need them, so your team can access the necessary metrics as they require.

Datateer seamlessly integrates your cloud warehouse with Sigma, taking care of the operation for you. We manage your setup; you must wait for your analytics to start loading onto your spreadsheets. Oh, did you blink? Because it’s here already – that’s how fast Sigma connects and updates your data.

We ensure your BI tools are in place and operational, ready for you to use with no hassle. And because we smooth out all the initial paths to connection, you can get up and running much faster than if you approached it on your own.

Final Thoughts

Cloud analytics is quickly becoming an incredibly popular choice for businesses looking to organize, store, and analyze data. Only 18% of companies keep all their data at an on-site data warehouse. And the cloud attraction is no wonder, given the array of benefits. From the cloud’s ability to store massive amounts of data, flexibility in adapting to changes, and enhanced security, it’s no wonder the cloud is attractive. 

And though spreadsheets are one of the most popular ways for companies to organize their data, entering all your data can be time-consuming and leave you wide open for errors. That’s why Datateer and Sigma make such excellent data partners; Sigma seamlessly connects to your cloud warehouse, and Datateer sets it all up for you while seeing to all your analytics needs.

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Adam Roderick

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Adam's tech career spans startups to global firms, touching finance, tourism, e-commerce, and consulting. Spotting a way to give small- and medium-sized companies an advantage with data, he founded Datateer to democratize analytics. He values relentless progress, simplifying complexity, and putting people first.

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