SAN FRANCISCO – March 28, 2019 – Sigma Computing, an innovator in cloud analytics and business intelligence (A&BI) software, today announced it has won the “Most Innovative Product” award at the Strata Data Conference. Sigma was selected for its ability to turn business experts into data analysts by delivering live, interactive access to a company’s cloud data warehouse through a familiar spreadsheet-like interface that doesn’t require a single line of code ever be written.
“We are honored that so many in the data community recognize the value Sigma holds for data-driven companies and the future of business intelligence,” said Sigma Computing CEO and Co-founder Rob Woollen. “Making sense of big data used to be a job that only data analysts and BI admins could tackle, but Sigma empowers business experts to ask more of their data themselves because it doesn’t require any coding knowledge to use it. Sigma makes it possible for non-technical users to find those mission-critical insights quickly and securely – all in an environment that uses a universal visual language: the spreadsheet.”
With legacy A&BI tools, data analysis requires a deep technical understanding of databases, and the ability to speak the language of data: SQL. Most A&BI tools, both traditional and “modern,” take weeks or months to learn and have intimidating interfaces that shut most business experts out of the data conversation, forcing them to rely on data teams for dashboards and reports to aid decision-making. While these are good first steps to making data accessible, reports and Excel extracts immediately become outdated or raise more questions than they answer, leading business experts to engage in a constant back-and-forth with the data team to get answers. This frustrating cycle of ad-hoc data requests and reporting have left business experts craving a self-service solution that allows them to dig into real-time data themselves.
Sigma’s no-code, familiar spreadsheet-like interface draws business experts into the data conversation, enabling them to explore the data stored in the cloud data warehouse, safely and securely, and without the fear that they might “break” something. Behind the scenes, on-screen actions are automatically transformed into complex code in seconds, allowing anyone to wield the power of SQL like a pro. This simple visual interface allows marketers, finance teams, salespeople, and just about anyone else to explore data, make discoveries, and take action without an analyst’s help.
The annual Strata Data Conference connects the data community, helping professionals put big data, cutting-edge data science, and new business fundamentals to work. Strata Data awards are given to the most disruptive startup, the most innovative industry technology, the most impactful data science project, and the most notable open-source contribution. Finalists are selected by a team of industry experts and winners are chosen by conference attendees. The “Most Innovative Product” award is given to a product or service less than two years old, launched by a company of any size or age.
Sigma is the first enterprise-ready cloud analytics and business intelligence (A&BI) solution designed to run natively on cloud data warehouses (CDWs). Providing live, guided access to CDWs, Sigma maximizes their value, eliminates the need to change data models as new questions arise, and transforms A&BI into an iterative process. The Sigma Spreadsheet empowers anyone to analyze data – without code or extracts – and make insight-driven decisions quickly, freeing data experts to focus on more innovative, fulfilling initiatives. Sigma powers a community-driven approach to A&BI and delivers on the self-service promise. https://www.sigmacomputing.com/