Amazon Web Services is launching its most aggressive cloud data analytics software tool to date. The company unveiled "QuickSight," on stage Wednesday at AWS re:Invent, the company's annual convention in Las Vegas.
The move further emphasizes how Amazon sees cloud computing as crucial to its future. QuickSight is designed to make data analytics available and understandable to any employee making business decisions, no matter how technically advanced their skill level.
By crunching data in the cloud, Amazon says it can offer more advanced, less expensive tools that will enable AWS customers to leverage insights from data analytics across their organizations.
"More and more companies want to allow their less-technical employees to also get insights from that data and their choices today in a lot of the older-guard business intelligence services are ones that are very expensive, very proprietary and very hard to use," said Andy Jassy, senior vice president of Amazon Web Services.
"As customers are storing more and more of their data in data stores in AWS, what they've really asked us to do is to make it easy to have a business intelligence capability that integrates with those data stores and also allows them to move more quickly and have their less-technical users get insights from that data," said Jassy.
Typical of Amazon, the service will be priced aggressively — QuickSight will start at $9.00 per user, per month which Jassy said is about a tenth of the cost of the traditional business intelligence services. The new tool integrates with AWS' data services, so organizations can quickly scale to hundreds of thousands of employees to crunch data, run search queries and create data visualizations, fast.