Dashboarding and Query Latency with Tom O’Neill

A dashboard is a data visualization that aggregates metrics in a way that we can quickly understand. In a modern software company, everyone uses dashboards–from salespeople to DevOps to HR.

Each dashboard represents a query that must be updated frequently, so that anyone looking at it is getting up-to-date information. The data set being queried might be getting updated quickly in the case of time series or log data. Some queries require joins between disparate data sources.

How do you keep dashboards accurate? How do you keep query latency down?

Tom O’Neill is the CTO of Periscope Data, a company that makes popular dashboarding tools. In this episode, Tom explains the data engineering that underlies Periscope data. We explore topics such as caching, columnar data, and Redshift.

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