Unveiling the Next Wave of Salesforce Analytics Cloud

Salesforce has successfully reformed its Wave Analytics Cloud. Wave Analytics as an evolving product is experiencing whole new features and is coming up with intuitive user experience. Let’s have a quick look about the all new Wave Analytics of Salesforce:

  1. Lightning User interface: Users will be able to invoke elements of the Lightning user interface in composing reports and dashboards.
  2. Wave Visualizations: With options of component resizing and rearranging according to the desired display, wave visualization gives makes user experience way more intuitive.
  3. Prominent Features: Deep charting library is available. Ability to modify and filter reports on the fly. Data in dashboards, reports, and charts can be instantly updated.

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Opening Up a New World of Insights with Extensive Features for Every Business User

A- Integrate Data:

Data Integration can allow adding derived fields to a dataset and hence adding additional information that can be computed from existing data. The replication helps building multiple Dataflows to create datasets independently.

A1: Enriching Datasets and Creating Multiple Dataflows

Derived fields lets you add more information to a dataset than what is extracted from a data source. You can now use derived fields to add more context to the data, create the groupings, and hence perform calculations in advance. With the Wave Analytics Platform license and replication, users can now build multiple Dataflows for variety use. Users can even break the larger Dataflows into smaller chunks. Furthermore you can delete the unnecessary Dataflows.

B- Pipeline Analysis Added to Sales Wave App:

Now gain more insights into your Salesforce data from Sales Wave using new prebuilt dashboards. Pipe activity can be used as a benchmark (open vs won deals) for determining best practices for enhancing deals. Even the account summary helps in summarizing an account’s average win rate, open and won totals and average sale cycle.

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C- Exploration and Visualization:

(*inhales a deep deep breath) Your dashboard is now more professional-looking with the new flex dashboard designer and layout templates. You have a lot in your platter to try now. Explore and visualize your data in various new and powerful ways by using the new SAQL Editor and the new chart types. (*exhales relaxed).

C1: Responsive Grid-Based Dashboards

The new dashboard designer offers unique features, such as drag-and-drop and snap-to-grid that allows you to quickly create visually aesthetic dashboards.

C2: Integrated Tools

New integrated tools into the interface will allow easy access to the Salesforce Analytics Query Language and JSON behind your lenses and dashboards.

C3: Interactive Dashboards

Enabling of filters from compact query lenses and Scope widgets can be automatically applied to SAQL query lenses.

C4: New Chart Types

New chart types gives users more choice and control when you create Wave visualizations.

C5: Additional Interface

Intuitive interface with revised icons, new graphical elements and keyboard shortcuts.

D: Wave Mobile with the Latest iOS Features

Download Wave Analytics for iOS and for latest enhancements, users must download Wave Analytics from App Store. Wave Analytics is there for users using iPhone 4 and later models running iOS 8.
D1: The users of Sales Wave can easily view and present waterfall charts from any iOS device.

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D2: Search across all your Wave orgs using iOS Spotlight. At org and device levels security control is available.

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D3: Preview dashboards and lenses with Peek-and-Pop on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

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D4: Present three groups in stacked bar charts.

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E: Wave REST API

Wave REST API has expanded with new horizons in order to give you easy access to dashboards and new representations for Extended Metadata.

E1: Wave REST API Moves into the Limelight.
E2: New APIs enable developers to create and manipulate dashboards.

F: Powerful Queries Using SAQL

Use advanced functions in the Salesforce Analytics Query Language for perform window functions on your data.

F1: New Windowing Functions
Salesforce Analytics Query Language aggregate functions now support windowing functionality.

F2: Aggregation Seems Better Than Average
The Median function, for finding the middle value in a group of sorted values, joins the list of supported aggregate functions.

F3: Better Math Functions
Below are four additions to the list of supported math functions:

  • Exponential (exp) - Euler's number e raised to the power of x
  • Logarithm (log) - Returns the natural logarithm (base E) of a number
  • Power (power) - Raise x to the power of y
  • Square Root (sqrt) - Returns the square root of a number

Over the years since Wave Analytics initial release, Wave has proven to be a powerful tool. And one of the things which every user may notice first about Wave is its clarity in visuals in respect of its user interface. Wave makes it simple for anyone who lives with the data no matter what skillset he/she may have and with what industry he is associated with. This is not the software designed solely for data analysts but as a mobile-first cloud business intelligence platform, Wave is a progressively user-friendly business software.

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