Exploring data using natural language (“plain English”) query expressions isn’t a new concept, but it has become more relevant and more feasible lately. People are used to search engines and like the metaphor as data querying experience.
Products like Thoughtspot and Answer Rocket specialize in this teaming of search and data discovery. And the Q&A feature of Microsoft Power BI enables this, both for ad hoc queries in dashboards and even for use as an authoring tool when designing reports.
Author: Andrew Brust