Salesforce made a splash at Dreamforce ‘14 with Wave and there has been a lot of excitement on topic since then. Couple frequent releases of new Analytics Cloud innovations with limited access to a developer environment means confusion still persists.
Analytics Cloud vs. Wave
A good place to start is the difference between Analytics Cloud and Wave. While many times, these terms have been used interchangeable, there are key differences. Wave is the platform while Analytics cloud is the product. A good analogy to draw is Sales Cloud and Service Cloud are products that run on the Salesforce 1 Platform. So let’s take a look at the features of each.
As the underlying technology platform, Wave is a schema free, non-relational database. Consisting of columnar based key-value pairs, Wave relies on search based technologies and inverted indexes to quickly deliver results. While that’s a lot of big data buzz words, what it means is Wave it not like your traditional data warehouse. It is built to handle large volumes of structured and unstructured data to quickly provide results based on search queries. If you would like to learn more, take a look at Redis, which a data structure server that will help you better understand Wave.
As the flagship product on Wave, Salesforce Analytics Cloud is a mobile-first solution that allows data to be sourced from multiple locations, manipulated in real-time, and shared with other users. The key elements the Analytics Cloud delivers are the following:
- Explore – allows everyone, not just data analysts, to find answers in data
- Collaborate – one place for users to get and share answers on the business
- Cloud – as a native cloud solution, it is up and running quickly, easily scales and one source of the truth
- Mobile – all the answers you need in the palm of your hand
To learn more about the Salesforce Analytics Cloud, check out the following resources. As part of a recent Lehigh Valley Salesforce Developer User Group, I explained the Salesforce Analytics Cloud, including a demonstration of the technologies. The presentation can be found on Slide Share while a recording of the session is available on YouTube.