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New This Month in Data Analytics: Taking Home the Gold in Data

As the Olympics kicked off in Tokyo at the end of July, we found ourselves reflecting on the beauty of diverse countries and cultures coming together to celebrate greatness and sportsmanship. For this month’s blog, we’d like to highlight some key data and analytics performances that should help inspire you to reach new heights in your data journey.

Let’s review the highlights!

BigQuery ML Anomaly Detection: A perfect 10 for augmented analytics

Identifying anomalous behavior at scale is a critical component of any analytics strategy. Whether you want to work with a single frame of data or a time series progression, BigQuery ML allows you to bring the power of machine learning to your data warehouse. 

In this blog released at the beginning of last month, our team walked through both non-time series and time-series approaches to anomaly detection in BigQuery ML:

Non-time series anomaly detection

Autoencoder model (now in Public Preview)

K-means model (already in GA)

Time-series anomaly detection

ARIMA_PLUS time series model (already in GA)

These approaches make it easy for your team to quickly experiment with data stored in BigQuery to identify what works best for your particular anomaly detection needs. Once a model has been identified as the right fit, you can easily port that model into the Vertex AI platform for real-time analysis or schedule it in BigQuery for continued batch processing.

App Analytics: Winning the team event

Google provides a broad ecosystem of technologies and services aimed at solving modern day challenges. Some of the best solutions come when those technologies are combined with our data analytics offerings to surface additional insights and provide new opportunities. 

Firebase has deep adoption in the app development community and provides the technology backbone for many organization’s app strategy. This month we launched a design pattern that shows Firebase customers how to use Crashlytics data, CRM, issue tracking, and support data in BigQuery and Looker to identify opportunities to improve app quality and enhance customer experiences.

Crux on BigQuery: Taking gold in the all-around data competition

Crux Informatics provides data services to many large companies to help their customers make smarter business decisions. While they were already operating on a modern stack and not on the hunt for a modern data warehouse, BigQuery became an enticing option due to performance and a more optimal pricing model. Crux also found advantages with lower-cost ingestion and processing engines like Dataflow that allow for streaming analytics.

… when it came to building a centralized large-scale data cloud, we needed to invest in a solution that would not only suit our current data storage needs but also enable us to tackle what’s coming, supporting a massive ecosystem of data delivery and operations for thousands of companies. Mark Etherington
Chief Technology Office, Crux Informatics

Technology is a team sport, and Crux found our support team responsive and ready to help. This decision to more deeply adopt Google Cloud’s data analytics offerings provides Crux with the flexibility to manage a constantly evolving data ecosystem and stay competitive.

You can read more about Crux’s decision to adopt BigQuery in this blog.

Google Trends: A classic emerges a champion

Following up on the launch of our Google Trends dataset in June, we delivered some examples of how to use that data to augment your decision making. 

As a quick recap of that dataset, Google Cloud, and in particular BigQuery, provide access to the top 25 trending terms by Nielsen’s Designated Market Area® (DMA) with a weekly granularity. These trending terms are based on search patterns and have historically only been available on the Google Trends website.

The Google Trends design pattern addresses some common business needs, such as identifying what’s trending geographically near your stores and how to match trending terms to products to identify potential campaigns. 

Dataflow GPU: More power than ever for those streaming sprints

Dataflow is our fully-managed data processing platform that supports both batch and streaming workloads. The ability of Dataflow to scale and easily manage unbounded data has made it the streaming solution of choice for large workloads with high-speed needs in Google Cloud. 

But what if we could take that speed and provide even more processing power for advanced use cases? Our team, in partnership with NVIDIA, did just that by adding GPU support to Dataflow. This allows our customers to easily accelerate compute-intensive processing like image analysis and predictive forecasting with amazing increases in efficiency and speed. 

Take a look at the times below:

Data Fusion: A play-by-play for data integration’s winning performance

Data Fusion provides Google Cloud customers with a single place to perform all kinds of data integration activities. Whether it’s ETL, ELT, or simply integrating with a cloud application, Data Fusion provides a clean UI and streamlined experience with deep integrations to other Google Cloud data systems. Check out our team’s review of this tool and the capabilities it can bring to your organization.

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