What Is Amazon QuickSight? - Amazon QuickSight

What Is Amazon QuickSight?

Amazon QuickSight is a cloud-scale business intelligence (BI) service that you can use to deliver easy-to-understand insights to the people who you work with, wherever they are. Amazon QuickSight connects to your data in the cloud and combines data from many different sources. In a single data dashboard, QuickSight can include AWS data, third-party data, big data, spreadsheet data, SaaS data, B2B data, and more. As a fully managed cloud-based service, Amazon QuickSight provides enterprise-grade security, global availability, and built-in redundancy. It also provides the user-management tools that you need to scale from 10 users to 10,000, all with no infrastructure to deploy or manage.

QuickSight gives decision-makers the opportunity to explore and interpret information in an interactive visual environment. They have secure access to dashboards from any device on your network and from mobile devices.

To learn more about the major components and processes of Amazon QuickSight and the typical workflow for creating data visualizations, see the following sections. Get started today to unlock the potential of your data and make the best decisions that you can.

Why QuickSight?

Every day, the people in your organization make decisions that affect your business. When they have the right information at the right time, they can make the choices that move your company in the right direction.

Here are some of the benefits of using Amazon QuickSight for analytics, data visualization, and reporting:

  • The in-memory engine, called SPICE, responds with blazing speed.

  • No upfront costs for licenses and a low total cost of ownership (TCO).

  • Collaborative analytics with no need to install an application.

  • Combine a variety of data into one analysis.

  • Publish and share your analysis as a dashboard.

  • Control features available in a dashboard.

  • No need to manage granular database permissions—dashboard viewers can see only what you share.

For advanced users, QuickSight Enterprise edition offers even more features:

  • Saves you time and money with automated and customizable data insights, powered by machine learning (ML). This enables your organization to do the following, without requiring any knowledge of machine learning:

    • Automatically make reliable forecasts.

    • Automatically identify outliers.

    • Find hidden trends.

    • Act on key business drivers.

    • Translate data into easy-to-read narratives, like headline tiles for your dashboard.

  • Provides extra Enterprise security features, including the following:

    • Federated users, groups, and single sign-on (SSO) with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Federation, SAML, OpenID Connect, or AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory.

    • Granular permissions for AWS data access.

    • Row level security.

    • Highly secure data encryption at rest.

    • Access to AWS data and on-premises data in Amazon Virtual Private Cloud

  • Offers pay-per-session pricing for the users that you place in the "reader" security role—readers are dashboard subscribers, people who view reports but don't create them.

  • Empowers you to make QuickSight part of your own websites and applications by deploying embedded console analytics and dashboard sessions.

  • Makes our business your business with multitenancy features for value-added resellers (VARs) of analytical services.

  • Enables you to programmatically script dashboard templates that can be transferred to other AWS accounts.

  • Simplifies access management and organization with shared and personal folders for analytical assets.

  • Enables larger data import quotas for SPICE data ingestion and more frequently scheduled data refreshes.

To learn more, see the following video, which contains a two-minute introduction to Amazon QuickSight. The audio contains all of the relevant information.

To discover the power of end-to-end BI from AWS, sign up at https://aws.amazon.com/QuickSight.

Starting Work with QuickSight

To start work with QuickSight, we recommend that you read the following sections: