What's New in Zoho Analytics?

What's new in Zoho Analytics? 

Release 5000 - Release date: July 12, 2021

Introducing Zoho Analytics Dashboards app

You can now view and interact with reports and dashboards on the go using this immersive mobile app. Click here to learn more. 

Introducing out-of-the-box integration with Sage Accounting

You can now integrate with Sage Accounting to access out-of-the-box reports and keep track of key financial metrics. Click here to learn more.

Introducing out-of-the-box integration with YouTube

Zoho Analytics seamlessly integrates with YouTube, to provide insightful reports and dashboards on vital engagement metrics. Click here to learn more.

Import data from Amazon S3

You can now import data from files stored in Amazon S3 cloud database. Click here to learn more.

Enhancements to Ask Zia

The following enhancements have been made to Ask Zia.

1. Introducing Zia Insights - you can now access actionable insights on your visualizations instantly. Click here to learn more.

2. Our AI assistant, Ask Zia, now supports inputs in Spanish. 

Conditional formatting of pivot views

You can now format the values in your pivot views based on relevant conditions. Click here to learn more. 

Introducing new themes

With the additional themes you can now customize your Zoho Analytics application per your requirements. 

Customize map chart theme

You can now customize your map chart's background theme using custom images. 

Revamped Edit Table screen

The Edit Table screen has been revamped for easier navigation. Click here to learn more. 

Release 4750 - Release date: June 29, 2021

Introducing support for high availability

You can now achieve application redundancy by setting up a high availability configuration. Click here to learn more.

Release 4700 - Release date: May 31, 2021

Import data from Template files

Zoho Analytics now allows you to copy reports, dashboards and tables from one workspace or installation to another. Click here to learn more. 

Import data from Zoho Analytics workspaces

You can also import data from one Zoho Analytics workspace to another from the Import your Data screen. Click here to learn more. 

Customize forecasting models

You can now customize the mathematical models involved in forecasting your data. Click here to learn more. 

Introducing Viewer mode

This mode removes edit/modify action buttons from the UI, thereby setting up reports and dashboards for a clutter-free view-only experience.

Enhancements to charts

The following enhancements have been made to charts:

1. When a chart has multiple axes, you can now choose to merge specific axes. Click here to learn more. 

2. You can now apply various effects on your chart to modify its overall appearance. Click here to learn more. 

Expand and collapse user filters

You can now expand and collapse the user filters in your dashboards. Click here to learn more about user filters. 

Enhanced user interface

There are also several minor enhancements in the Zoho Analytics user interface, designed to enhance your experience.

Release 4650 - Release date: May 12, 2021

Introducing out-of-box integration with Zoho DataPrep (Beta)

Zoho Analytics seamlessly integrates with Zoho DataPrep, to provide a detailed analysis of your transformed and cleansed data. This is a Beta release. Click here to learn more.

Import data in batches (Pagination)

You can now import large amounts of data in batches from web URLs. Click here to learn more.

Import spatial data files

Zoho Analytics now allows you to import spatial data files from local files. Click here to learn more.

Import zip code data with ease

You can now import zip code data into Zoho Analytics, and generate geo visualizations within minutes. Click here to learn more. 

Introducing enhancements to Ask Zia

The following enhancements have been made to Ask Zia:

1. Ask Zia now supports predictive analytics and generates reports with forecasted values. Click here to learn more.

2. Introducing conversation mode: Ask Zia allows you to post follow up questions to help you dig deeper into your data.

3. Ask Zia is now exclusively available in conversation mode within dashboards, to answer any dashboard-specific questions.

4. Ask Zia will list existing reports as answers to your questions where applicable.

5. You can now map terms in your questions to corresponding columns in the data table while entering your questions. Click here to learn more.

Introducing enhancements to dashboards

The following enhancements have been made to dashboards:
1. You can now add multiple tabs to your dashboards. Click here to learn more.

2. The merge user filters functionality in dashboards has been enhanced to support all data types. Click here to learn more.

Introducing enhancements to sort functionality in charts

You can now sort your multi-axis charts with both X and Y-axes values. Additionally, the Sort option in your chart's toolbar has been revamped for easier navigation. Click here to learn more.

Introducing enhancements to the Export feature

1. You can now export multiple views from the Explorer easily.

2. Zoho Analytics also allows you to export all the views under a particular folder.

Preview your slideshows

Slideshows in Zoho Analytics now support a new preview option. Click here to learn more.

Automate scheduled application backups

You can now automate scheduled backups of the Zoho Analytics application easily. Click here to learn more.

Release 4600 - Release date: March 29, 2021

Import data from more local databases

You can now import data into Zoho Analytics from the following local databases: 

  • SQLite
  • Progress OpenEdge
  • Hive
  • Firebird
  • YugabyteDB
  • Microsoft Access
  • SAP HANA

Click here to learn more.

Import data from cloud databases into existing tables

You can now import data from cloud databases into existing tables in Zoho Analytics. Click here to learn more.

Introducing trend lines

You can now identify past and future data trends in Zoho Analytics easily. Click here to learn more.

Introducing enhancements to Ask Zia

The following enhancements have been made to Ask Zia:

  • The AI assistant can now understand questions that are grammatically unstructured or incomplete. 

  • Ask Zia now features typo tolerance, to understand words that are spelled incorrectly. 

  • Ask Zia can now interpret the mathematical function that is best suited for your question. 

  • The AI assistant's knowledge of dates is now enhanced - the term "weekend" and the abbreviated versions of months can now be used.

Click here to learn more.

Support for date-based lookup column

Zoho Analytics now allows you to configure a date column as a lookup column between two tables. Click here to learn more.

Introducing enhancements to charts

The following enhancements have been made to charts:

1. A new chart type has been introduced: Histogram. Click here to learn more. 

2. You can now apply patterns to your charts, and choose from a range of pre-built ones or create your own. Click here to learn more. 

3. You can now create a 100% stacked bar chart, and charts with horizontal stacked bars that can have multiple Y axes. 

4. Zoho Analytics allows you to switch your chart's axis dynamically, to view the chart per your requirements. Click here to learn more.

5. You can now choose to disable the Dynamic Drill Down option in charts. Click here to learn more.  

Introducing enhancements to pivot views

The following enhancements have been made to pivot views:

1. You can now hide specific columns in pivot views easily. Click here to learn more. 

2. You can now expand and collapse the rows, columns and cells in your pivot views. Click here to learn more. 

Introducing enhancements to sharing and publishing options

The following enhancements have been made to the sharing and publishing functionality:

1. You can now request access to views that haven't been shared with you. Click here to learn more.

2. Zoho Analytics now allows you to set expiration dates for views that are published without login credentials. Click here to learn more.

3. While publishing a table, you can now choose to publish only selective columns from that table. Click here to learn more. 

4. The Export and Email dialog boxes have been revamped for easier navigation.

Introducing enhancements to Explorer view

The following enhancements have been made to the Explorer View:

1. You can convert a parent folder to a sub-folder, and vice versa. Click here to learn more. 

2. You can now mark sub-folders as default folders in your workspace. Click here to learn more. 

Bookmark views easily

You can now bookmark important views when accessing them, using the icon found beside the view's name. 

Introducing enhancements to user filters

The following enhancements have been made to user filters:

  • The existing List only relevant values option can now be used to configure cascading user filters, wherein the subsequent user filter's values are dependent on the preceding user filter's value. 

  • Conversely, the Show All option can be selected to list every value in the subsequent user filter, regardless of the preceding user filter's value.

Click here to learn more. 

Release 4590 - Release date: November 12, 2020

Launching advanced analytics for Exact Online

Zoho Analytics seamlessly integrates with Exact Online, and enables you to easily analyze your accounting data and keep track of key metrics. Click here to learn more. 

Introducing support for stored procedures

You can now invoke stored procedures to import data from specific databases. Click here to learn more.

Release 4580 - Release date: October 20, 2020

Introducing out-of-box integration with Zoho CRM

Zoho Analytics seamlessly integrates with Zoho CRM, and enables you to analyze your Zoho CRM data easily and keep track of key metrics. Click here to learn more.

Introducing a new license category

Zoho Analytics now has a new license category - Viewers. Members in the category can be given read permissions to shared views and tables. However, they cannot: 

  • Edit or share the shared views 

  • Create new views or workspaces.

Click here to learn more.

Release 4560 - Release date: August 24, 2020

Introducing out-of-box integration with QuickBooks Desktop 

Zoho Analytics seamlessly integrates with QuickBooks Desktop, and enables you to easily analyze your accounting data and keep track of key metrics. Click here to learn more.

Launching advanced analytics for Google Ads

Zoho Analytics offers out-of-box integration with Google Ads, to provide a detailed analysis of your campaign data. Click here to learn more.

Release 4500 - Release date: May 28, 2020

Introducing Wildcard filters

You can now construct filter criteria with multiple string conditions to filter the data in your reports. You can choose between matching conditions based on AND/OR rules. Click here to more.

Create data snapshots with forecasted values

Easily create Data Snapshots of charts containing forecasted values. Click here to more about data snapshots.

Auto-generate reports over a table's related data

Auto-generate reports over data from both the selected table and its connected tables easily, using the Similar to Another Table feature.

Pivot or unpivot your data tables easily

The below keywords are now supported while creating query tables: 

  • Pivot: Converts rows into columns by turning the unique values in the input column to multiple output columns. 

  • Unpivot: Converts columns into rows by changing multiple columns to values in a single row. 

Customize alignment of KPI widgets

You can now customize a KPI widget's alignment in a dashboard easily.

Introducing enhancements to charts

The following enhancements have been made to charts:

1. Choose to display legends with or without their corresponding values, and customize their format. Click here to learn more.

2. You can now plot charts with percentile function applied over the numeric data. Click here to learn more.

Introducing enhancements to Explorer view

The following enhancements have been made to the Explorer View:
1. Select and move multiple views across folders in a workspace. 

2. Move sub-folders from one parent folder to another, and make parent folders as sub-folders within another folder.

3. You can now bookmark important views from the Reports and Dashboards section in the side panel.

4. Creating new views is now easier, with options to create tables, reports, and dashboards from the respective sections in the side panel.

Introducing enhancements to collaboration features

The following enhancements have been made to the collaboration features:
1. The various collaboration options are now grouped under the common Share button. 

2. You can now email filtered views to multiple users and groups. Click here to learn more about emailing views.

3. The Embed and Publish URL screen has been revamped to facilitate easy access. 

Release 4460 - Release date: May 08, 2020

Introducing out-of-box integration with Jira Software

Zoho Analytics seamlessly integrates with Jira Software Cloud and Jira Software Server, to provide a detailed analysis of your project data. Click here to learn more.

Release 4410 - Release date: February 24, 2020

Import Active Directory users

You can now import users from your Active Directory, and configure single sign-on. Click here to learn more. 

Release 4400 - Release date: February 10, 2020

Introducing Data Snapshots

Data Snapshots in Zoho Analytics allow you to capture and maintain a timeline of changes in metrics, thereby facilitating true historical report creation and analysis. Click here to learn more. 

More authentication types supported for import from web feeds

Zoho Analytics now supports the following authentication types while importing data from web feeds. 

  • AWS Signature

  • Digest Authentication

  • Hawk Authentication

 Click here to learn more.

View dependency details

You can now view the dependency details of a report or a table in Zoho Analytics easily. Click here to learn more.

Create sub-folders in your workspace

Zoho Analytics allows you to group views into sub-folders in your workspace, helping in better organization. Click here to learn more. 

Filter dashboards using a report's data

You can now dynamically filter dashboards based on the data points in a report. Click here to learn more.

A compact pivot layout

Zoho Analytics now allows you to customize the pivot layout, to attain a more compact outlook. Click here to learn more. 

Improved Manage Groups UI

Managing groups in Zoho Analytics is now easier with the enhanced UI. Click here to learn more. 

Introducing enhancements to the sort functionality in charts

1. By default, new pie charts will be sorted in the descending order based on the distribution of values.

2. A chart with its top or bottom 'N' values filtered will also be sorted in the ascending or the descending order accordingly. 

3. If a custom sort is configured as the default for a column in a table, new reports created over that column will also be sorted in the same manner.

Release 4350 - Release date: December 02, 2019

Introducing Butterfly charts, and new variant to Geo Map charts

1. Butterfly charts in Zoho Analytics are useful while comparing two different data sets, by plotting data in the form of two horizontal bars with the X-axis in the center. Click here to learn more.

2. Zoho Analytics introduces Geo Heat Map charts, as a new variant to the Geo map charts. You can now plot Geo data on a map, color coded based on the density of the data points. Click here to learn more.

Import data from more local databases

You can now import data into Zoho Analytics from the following local databases: 

  • DB2

  • Exasol

  • Greenplum

  • Vertica

  • Actian Vector

  • Denodo

  • Pervasive SQL

  • Any Database supporting JDBC Connection

Click here to learn more.

Import from Statistical Files

You can now import data from Statistical Files, generated by statistical applications like SAS (*.sas7bdat), SPSS (*.sav), and R (*.rdata), that is stored in local drives, FTP servers and web feeds. Click here to learn more.

Customize Pivot Summary Position

Zoho Analytics now allows you to customize the positioning of the column and row summaries in Pivot Tables. Click here to learn more. 

Enhancement in Report Formula

Zoho Analytics' report-specific formula builder is enhanced to support logical (AND, OR) and comparison operators (>, <, >=, <=, =, and !=). Click here to learn more about Report Formulas. 

Apply Parent Table's Filter Criteria

You can now apply the parent table's filter criteria while sharing dashboards with users. Click here to learn more. 

Unsubscribe from shared workspaces

Zoho Analytics users can now easily unsubscribe from workspaces that are shared to them. Click here to learn more. 

Enhanced emailing options

You can now include up to 25 users in each email schedule. The Pick Users / Groups option also lets you pick groups from a list, instead of having to type all the email addresses individually. Click here to learn more. 

Introducing enhancements to the Explorer view

1. Use the Shift + Select option (hold down the shift key during view selection) to choose several views at a time. 

2. Clicking the speech bubble icons in the Explorer View will take you to the comments section of each view. 

Release 4300 - Release date: September 18, 2019

Import data from more cloud databases

You can now import data into Zoho Analytics from the following cloud databases: 

  • Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL 
  • Amazon Athena 
  • Microsoft Azure 
    • MySQL 
    • PostgreSQL
    • Maria DB
    • SQL Databasee 
    • SQL Data Warehouse 
  • Google BigQuery 
  • Google Cloud 
    • SQL
    • PostgreSQL 
  • Snowflake 
  • Rackspace Cloud 
    • MySQL 
    • Maria DB 
  • Oracle Cloud 
  • IBM Cloud 
  • Panoply

Click here to learn more.

Specify accuracy levels while forecasting

Zoho Analytics' forecasting engine has now been enhanced, allowing you to define accuracy levels in your forecast reports. Click here to learn more. 

Introducing Bubble Pie charts, and new variants to Combination charts

1. The new Bubble Pie chart in Zoho Analytics allows you to compare data with multiple variables, using a combination of pie and bubble charts. Click here to learn more.

2. Zoho Analytics now allows you to create new variants of Combination charts by combining any of the following chart types: Bar chart, Stacked Bar chart, Line chart, Smooth Line chart, Step Line chart, Area chart, Stacked Area chart, Bubble chart and Bubble Pie chart. Click here to learn more.

Enhancements in Geo Map charts

The following enhancements are now offered in Geo map charts:
1. New themes have been introduced for map charts- Satellite theme and custom theme. Using the Satellite theme you can now plot a Geo map chart over a satellite view of the area, while the Custom theme allows you to design a customized theme to fit your requirements. 

You can invert the colors in your map chart using the Invert Color toggle button. This is not applicable for Geo maps using a Satellite theme. A continuous color range legend can also be applied on map charts. Click here to learn more.

2. You can now create map charts in Zoho Analytics using Airport IATA codes. 

3. Country-specific map charts can also be created, where you can display chosen countries and hide the rest. Click here to learn more. 

Revamped data import screen 

The import from Files and Feeds option has now been split into separate tiles in Zoho Analytics, to simplify the import process.

Enhanced dashboard editor

Zoho Analytics has introduced new functionalities to the dashboard editor to facilitate easy customization. The following enhancements are available: 

Improved Chart Color Palette section

The Chart Color Palette section has now been enhanced to facilitate easy access. Click here to learn more. 

Enhancements in drill down options

You can now ignore the value in the Color tile and drill down on the entire data present in the chart. Click here to learn more.

Organize views from your side panel

You can now change the dashboard and report listing style (folder view, type view or related view) using Zoho Analytics' side panel.

Rename columns easily

Zoho Analytics now allows you to rename the columns in a table by simply double-clicking the column header.

Release 4280 - Release date: July 22, 2019

Introducing Ask Zia

Zia, the intelligent report assistant is enabled with Natural Language Processing (NLP) to understand users' questions in plain english and offer powerful insights immediately, in the form of relevant visualizations. Click here to learn more.

Support for single sign-on using SAML

Zoho Analytics now provides support for single sign-on with any third party application that supports SAML authentication. Click here to learn more.

Release 4250 - Release date: May 10, 2019

Introducing out-of-box integration with ServiceNow

Zoho Analytics seamlessly integrates with ServiceNow to facilitate out-of-the-box analytics on Incident management. Click here to learn more.

Support to connect live with Amazon Aurora - MySQL database

Zoho Analytics now supports live connections for Amazon Aurora - MySQL database, allowing you to work with real-time data. Click here to learn more.

Import data from MongoDB database 

You can now import data from your MongoDB on-premise database into Zoho Analytics. Click here to learn more.

Release 4200 - Release date: March 20, 2019

Introducing Live Connect for MySQL databases

Zoho Analytics has introduced a simple way to connect live with your MySQL databases, allowing you to work with real-time data from your databases. Click here to learn more.

Support to choose multiple lookup columns

You can now select multiple lookup columns to join two tables. This lets you combine related tables using more than one condition. Click here to learn more.

Denote numeric columns in lakhs and crores

Zoho Analytics now supports the formatting of numeric columns as lakhs and crores. This will especially be useful for users from the Indian subcontinent.  

The following are the new options added to format numeric columns.  

  • Lakhs (L) - Data will be formatted in lakhs. 
  • Crores (C) - Data will be formatted in crores. 
  • Thousands (K) - Lakhs (L) - Crores (C)- Data will be auto formatted as thousands, lakhs and crores based on the range the value falls in. 
  • Thousands (K) - Millions (M) - Billions (B) - Data will be auto formatted as thousands, millions and billions based on the range the value falls in.  
  • Auto (User Locale Specific) - Data will be auto formatted to the unit value as per the users' locale settings i.e., Data will be formatted in K-L-C, if the user locale is from Indian subcontinent, and K-M-B for all other regions. 

Click here to learn more. 

Generating AuthTokens

The AuthToken required for using the Zoho Analytics APIs is now just a click away.

Release 4100 - Release date: December 24, 2018

In-memory columnar engine for faster analytics 

  • In-memory columnar engine has been integrated into Zoho Analytics for high performance at scale. Now experience analytics at speed with faster rendering of reports and dashboards. 

Note: The in-memory columnar engine is available only for the Linux platform of Zoho Analytics. 

  • Actian Vector (community and commercial versions available) columnar engine is now supported as a plug-able option for high performance at scale. Users can use this as an alternative to the inbuilt columnar engine. 

Note: Actian vector columnar engine is supported in both Linux and Windows platform

Get in touch with onprem-support@zohoanalytics.com for more details.

Release 4000 - Release date: November 15, 2018

Zoho Reports is rebranded as Zoho Analytics.

Third party integrations

Zoho Analytics now offers integration with the following applications.

I. Teamwork Desk

Zoho Analytics for Teamwork Desk enables you to easily analyze your helpdesk data in Teamwork Desk. With this integration, you can easily slice and dice your helpdesk data for analysis and derive key metrics to transform them into actionable business insights.
Click here to learn more.

II. Stripe Subscriptions

Integration with Stripe Subscriptions allows you to proactively manage and drive your subscription business. Through this integration, Zoho Analytics lets you manipulate subscription data, derive & analyze key SAAS subscription metrics and so much more.
Click here to learn more. 

III. HubSpot CRM

HubSpot CRM Advanced Analytics powered by Zoho Analytics empowers you with deep sales analytical capabilities over your data in HubSpot CRM. This integration enables you to track your Key Sales Performance metrics and optimize your sales execution.
Click here to learn more. 

Import data from cloud sources

Zoho Analytics now supports importing data from cloud sources such as Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, and OneDrive.  Learn more here

Revamped home page

The Zoho Analytics home page has been completely revamped for easy navigation. 
1. Dashboards can now be accessed with a single click using the preview cards.

2. The main navigational elements are made bigger and bolder now, with the analytics elements organized into three categories (dashboards, reports & data) for easy accessibility.

3. Zoho Analytics now allows theme customization, enabling you to change the look and feel of the entire application with a single click. 

Introducing new themes for dashboards

Zoho Analytics has introduced six new preset themes for dashboards. You can now apply specific colors to each element in the dashboard with a single click. 
Click here to learn more. 

Customized dashboard interactions

You can now enable or disable the following interactions in your dashboard:

  • Drill Down in charts
  • View Underlying Data in reports
  • Sort Menu in grid views
  • Show/Hide Columns in tabular views
  • Contextual options menu on hover

Coloured KPI Widgets

Using the new widget color options you can select specific colors for each widget in your dashboard. Click here to learn more.

Share selective columns from tables  

While sharing tables, you can now exclude columns with personal data to ensure data security and GDPR compliance. 

Click here to learn more. 

Contextual commenting in reports

Insert comments in your reports and reach consensus with your team regarding key metrics without ever leaving your Zoho Analytics console. 
Click here to learn more. 

Data Alerts

Data Alerts in Zoho Analytics notify you of changes in your key business metrics. You can create these alerts and get notified of any data anomalies, via e-mails or in-app notifications and take proactive action. Click here to learn more.

Advanced summarizing functions for pivot tables 

Zoho Analytics now supports the following advanced summarizing functions in a pivot table. 

  • % of Row in Group  - Displays the data in each cell as a percentage of the total value, of each row within a group. 
  • % of Column in Group - Displays the data in each cell as a percentage of the total value, of each column within a group. 
  • Lookup Value - Displays the data in each cell by fetching value from any of Previous/Next/First/Last cell, based on the Base Field selected. 

Click here to learn more. 

Configure lookup relationships 

Zoho Analytics now allows you to customize your reports by revising the default lookup relationship between tables used in creating a report. Click here to know more. 

 

Release 3900 - Release date: September 18, 2018

Change in terminology

Henceforth, "Reporting database" will be referred to as Workspace and a "Database Owner or Database admin" as a Workspace Admin.

Features Introduced

Duplicate user filters (from different data tables) can be merged together. These user filters will work across all applicable reports in a dashboard.

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