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  • Metabase v0.24 is out

    May 10, 2017 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    This is a particularly big release, as we’ve shipped a number of features the team has been wanting for years. One of Metabase’s primary goals has been to allow people who understand their data, but not necessarily SQL or even how to formulate questions, to...

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  • Metabase v0.23 is out

    Mar 23, 2017 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    Metabase was originally built around collaboration. It came from a need to share common database queries, pass reports around and generally have non-technical members of a team figure out common questions on their own. For the past year or so, we’ve mostly ignored the other...

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  • Bootstrap your Analytics in 1 hour or Less

    Jan 16, 2017 by Tim Abraham

    Data is well understood to be critical to any company’s success. Ironically, many startups tend to shy away from analytics — especially early on. I believe this partially stems from a myth that if you want to have analytics you should carve out around 25%...

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  • Metabase v0.22 is out

    Jan 3, 2017 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    Collections We’ve added a new way to organize your questions. You can now create groups of questions called Collections. You can save questions in a given collection, move them around and archive entire collections once you are done with them. Collection Permissions Once you’ve grouped...

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  • Metabase v0.21 is out

    Dec 5, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    Google Analytics Driver We’re big fans of Google Analytics at Metabase and find that a great many people use it for behavior analytics while using Metabase for analysing their the information in their database. We’ve added a (relatively experimental) driver that allows you to pull...

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  • Announcing the Metabase Network

    Nov 30, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    Tl;DR - If you're a developer, DBA or analyst looking for contract work from our users sign up here. Analytics is complicated. Metabase makes asking questions, setting up dashboards and emails easy, but there are a lot of other moving pieces involved. You need to...

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  • Come celebrate the Metabase project turning 1!

    Oct 19, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    Last year on October 21st, we released Metabase into the wild. Since then, we’ve shipped 9 major versions, had 38 contributors, 3.5k stars on github, and over 100k downloads. Companies large and small are using us in 110 countries across the world. The team is...

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  • The Metabase approach to Permissions

    Oct 11, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    In the beginning, all was peace and love. Then the barbarians showed up at the gate So we built a fence But we still want peace and love inside the fence The Metabase project has had an interesting relationship with permissions and access controls. We’ve...

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  • Metabase v0.20 is out

    Oct 11, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    Data access permissions A way to control access to sensitive data has been one of the most requested features since we launched. With 0.20, we’ve taken the first major step in giving you the ability to lock down an instance. We now allow you to...

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  • Metabase v0.19 is out

    Jul 28, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    “So quick bright things come to confusion.” William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream It’s mid-Summer where we are, and if you’re dealing with analytics on a daily basis, confusion is probably the order of the day. In this release, we’ll give you tools to at...

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  • So about those Joins

    Jul 7, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    One of the most common feature requests we get is to “support Joins.” We’ve had a long and semi-sordid relationship with joins in Metabase since the project’s inception. We’ve often alluded to how we think relational data should be used in Metabase in GitHub issues,...

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  • Unfiltered Filter Excitement

    Jun 20, 2016 by Maz Ameli

    One feature we’re especially excited to be including in the latest version of Metabase is dashboard-wide filters. If you’ve been using Metabase since the early days, then you are a cool person who probably knows where to find the best sushi and whatnot. But also,...

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  • Summer's Here - version 0.18 of Metabase is ready!

    Jun 20, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    Summer is here! That means it’s time to break out the sandals, fire up the grill, stock up on sunscreen and upgrade to the latest version of Metabase. In this month’s installment, we bring you lots of features that will make you the star of...

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  • Metabase 0.17 - Just in time for spring cleaning

    May 3, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    If you’ve been spending time using Metabase and are starting to get itchy about doing some house keeping, we have just the thing. Our newest release gives you tools for organizing the reports and questions, as well as reducing the number of situations you need...

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  • Which data warehouse should you use?

    Apr 6, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    When setting up an analytics system for a company or project, there is often the question of where data should live. There is no one-size-fits-all solution here, as your budget, the amount of data you have, and what performance you want will determine the feasible...

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  • Common data model mistakes made by startups

    Apr 1, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    After helping build out a few startup’s analytics stacks, one starts to see some patterns. Sometimes these patterns are happy ones. Just about everyone loves the moment when you go from having no idea what’s going on, to a foggy idea of what happened last...

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  • Metabase 0.16 - A dash of bots

    Mar 29, 2016 by Kyle Doherty

    It’s that time again. In keeping with our commitment to give you new presents once a month, your friendly neighborhood Metabase team is excited to present you with… Fullscreen (and fabulous) dashboards Dashboards have gotten a major overhaul to make them easier to read, better...

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  • Institutional Memory

    Mar 14, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    While a little exaggerated, anyone who’s been involved with analytics in any capacity will have some story that pretty closely matches the above story. While few people talk about it, Institutional Memory, or more typically Institutional Alzheimer’s, is one of the biggest ongoing problems in...

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  • Microservices considered harmful

    Mar 10, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    There’s a lot of hype around microservices, and monolith-bashing seems to be all the rage on HackerNews and Reddit. It’s good to hear DHH bringing some sanity back into the conversation. Large companies often have very good reason to aggressively break up applications into Centi,...

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  • How to use Metabase

    Mar 6, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    Analytics. Business intelligence. Operational insights. Customer profiling. CRM reporting. At some point all the words blur together and all you’re left with is a kind of rattled hope that if you pay a vendor $Xk/month, they’ll figure out what your CMO wants graphed and leave...

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  • Event Analytics Strategies

    Mar 3, 2016 by Allen Gilliland

    Overview So you want to do event analytics — awesome! This document provides some basic things you should know. There are a few sections to read, as follows: General strategies for implementing event analytics. Describes three high-level options to consider. The anatomy of an event analytics...

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  • A Leap Forward

    Feb 29, 2016 by Sameer al-Sakran

    Continuing Metabase’s proud quadrennial tradition of releasing a version on Feb 29th, we bring you v0.15! In this release, like in our previous releases, we listened to what you, our community, asked for. Multi-series Charting This is the big one in the batch, with over...

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  • Metabase v0.14 is out!

    Jan 28, 2016 by Sameer al-Sakran

    A new version of Metabase is out! See our release notes below. Features / Enhancements Segments - the ability to store and reuse filter definitions Metrics - the ability to store and reuse aggregation definitions Improved support for table namespaces (schemas) in databases that use...

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  • The 2015 Analytics Software Market

    Jan 9, 2016 by Sameer al-Sakran

    The 2015 Analytics Software Market Now that the books have closed on 2015, it’s time to look back and take in some of the changes in the analytics software market. There have been several trends (open source, cloud hosting, SQL on Hadoop) that have continued...

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  • Analytics rumblings in the public markets in 2015

    Jan 3, 2016 by Sameer al-Sakran

    While through Q2, things seemed very rosey in the public markets for most analytics companies, the overall rumblings in the tech market put a damper on valuations to close out 2015. There are a number of management teams that are no doubt glad the year...

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  • How to ruin your life with Data

    Dec 22, 2015 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    After discussing all the ways that data can help your organization make better decisions in our last blog post, The Push and Pull of Analytics, let’s look at the common mistakes in using data that can make you look silly, lose you the respect of...

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  • The Push and Pull of Analytics

    Dec 11, 2015 by Sameer al-Sakran

    Most companies talk a big game about the importance of being data-driven. For companies starting out on their analytics journey, it’s sometimes confusing how this is supposed to work, or how to create a sane plan for rolling out a data-driven culture and the tools...

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  • Metabase v0.13 is out!

    Dec 3, 2015 by Sameer al-Sakran

    Hot off the presses, and just in time for the holidays, version 0.13 of Metabase is ready! The reaction to our initial release surprised and delighted us and we want to let you know we’ve been listening to your feedback and requests. The elves have...

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  • Unveiling Metabase

    Oct 21, 2015 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    TL;DR: Open Source Business Intelligence. Installs in 5 minutes, usable by everyone in your company, download it here. At some point, you get tired of rewriting the same system at every job. You ask around, and it seems like everyone else has written one too....

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