Data analysts strive to help their organizations solve big problems, but they struggle with the SQL tools they use to query databases. They get frustrated trying to create custom reports in an efficient way. They waste time writing the same queries over and over. Their tools make it hard to collaborate to build data models. They strain to build customizable and editable visual dashboards from mixed data sources.
Enter bipp, a cloud business intelligence platform that simplifies SQL queries with a homegrown data modeling language. bipp introduces the best practices of software development to the analytics world. Analysts using bipp create reusable complex data models instead of rewriting the same SQL fragments. They collaborate and use version control while writing queries.
bipp was designed for SQL analysts from day one. Its AutoSQL generator enables business users to explore analyst-defined datasets, reducing the back-and-forth between the BI team and end users. It connects directly to your database, providing real-time analytics with no additional tools required. bipp treats analyst-defined data models as a single source of truth, forming a friendly layer between your database and your business colleagues. And its pricing model gives analysts in companies of all sizes access to a platform that’s been proven at scale in large enterprises.
The Bottleneck: New Question, New Query
There are many collaborative analytics tools on the market. Most of these give you flexibility for writing SQL and visualizing it straight away. But we realized the market needs something more robust: a platform built with the data analyst in mind.
With a typical BI product, when a an analyst receives a question, they run a query to the database, get the information back, then present it visually. If the user comes back with a slightly different question, the analyst has to tweak the SQL, then query the database.
So there’s a back and forth going on. The analyst has a model of the data inside their brain, such as the business schema of tables and custom columns. Based on this, they’re able to write SQL queries to answer business user questions. The challenge for the analyst is: this gets cumbersome.Try bipp Now on our Free-Forever Hosted Tier
The Platform: Speed of Query, Speed to Insight
What if data analysts had a way to take the schema they know and write it in a textual way? This question prompted us to develop bippLang, a data modeling language.
bippLang gets you out of that cycle of tweaking queries for every question. The analyst defines the model once using bippLang, and clicks “Deploy Data Model.” Your business user can then fetch it and build visualizations using an intuitive sheet view.
This frees the business or data analyst from reactive mode. Every time there’s a new question, you don’t have to write a new query. You define the model, and train your business users to be self-sufficient. When they have a question, they just drag and drop the relevant columns. Our AutoSQL generator leverages that model you’ve written and constructs a SQL query based on what the business user selects.
The Advantage: Comprehensive, Collaborative, Cost-Effective
bippLang enables collaboration and autosuggestions, like any other IDE. But it goes beyond those solutions by connecting directly to your data warehousing functionality. This differentiates us from Tableau and PowerBI. There’s no middle layer — you’re talking directly with the database. This reduces the complexity of your data stack and improves productivity.
bippLang brings the best practices of software development to the world of SQL with its Git-based version control. Instead of working in a separate editor or GUI and saving those versions locally, you can commit and automatically merge changes from your browser. Version control turns your SQL environment into a living entity. Analysts have peace of mind knowing they’re using the most modern version.
The platform was designed for SQL analysts from day one. The founders are engineers. They’ve walked in analysts' shoes, and still have the same mindset. They’ve designed bipp to be intuitive for analysts and business users alike. Analysts are freed from repetitive tasks so they can focus on helping their company solve big problems.
Other BI platforms require you to sign up for a sales demo. You can’t even talk about starting without setting up a $20,000 per year contract. Contrast that with bipp. It’s much smoother, on a free-forever tier (with restrictions, of course). Just come in and sign up. Let us know what you think. Tell us what you like. Tell us what sucks. And tell us what else we can do to make your life easier.