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Wave, the Salesforce Analytics Cloud: Wave is a cloud analytics platform designed for every business user, making it easier than ever for anyone to explore data, uncover new insights and take action instantly from any device. Companies can now quickly deploy sales, service and marketing analytics, or build custom mobile analytics apps, using any data source—empowering everyone to make smarter decisions from anywhere.
Wave brings together a dynamic user experience, indexed search and a powerful computing engine into a single, vertically-integrated cloud analytics platform. Wave is designed for business users, not just analysts. Requests for analytics no longer have to trigger a complicated, lengthy service bureau request. With its schema-free architecture, data no longer has to be pre-sorted or organized in some narrowly defined manner before it can be analyzed. Now, business users can instantly access and easily analyze billions of rows of data themselves, just as they do in popular consumer travel apps that empower them to explore and filter the entire world of commercial flights in seconds. In addition, business analysts can take a more strategic approach to delivering insights by creating mash-ups of relevant third-party data sources in a single dashboard, enabling users to identify data correlations that ignite business actions. Wave also enables social collaboration. As business users derive insights, dashboards can be shared via Salesforce Chatter and new workflows and tasks can be triggered.
Wave, the Salesforce Analytics Cloud
Wave’s revolutionary new user experience is inspired by the most sophisticated advancements in consumer apps and video games, which are optimized for both mobile phones and tablets. Wave delivers data through interactive dashboards, lenses and charts designed to help business users intuitively filter data, customize views and learn as they go. And by indexing every data source and delivering high-speed query processing, Wave Analytics Cloud enables responsive free-form navigation, making it easier than ever for users to query data sets and continue refining their search to arrive at an insight, all from the convenience of their phone. Questions no longer have to be predetermined. With Wave Analytics Cloud, users now have the power of ad hoc exploration to arrive at previously unattainable insights.
With Wave, analysts, IT and developers can work closely with business leaders to empower everyone to make smarter, data-driven decisions in seconds. Wave is natively integrated with the Salesforce1 Platform and shares the same trusted single sign-on, data security and compliance features of the platform. This enables users to quickly drag and drop data from Salesforce, including data from partner apps built on the platform, to deploy sales, service and marketing analytics apps. In addition, developers and IT can use Wave APIs and other data connectors to easily connect to third-party data sources—from structured SAP and Oracle data to unstructured machine and social data. And because Wave is a platform, developers can also build custom analytics apps for any business function, or embed analytics into a new generation of apps and connected products for customers.
Wave Analytics Cloud is expected to be generally available October 20, 2014 in English, with additional language support forthcoming. The Wave mobile app will initially be available on Apple iOS for iPhone and iPad, with additional device support forthcoming.
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