Insight of Amazon QuickSight


AWS has launched QuickSight in November 2016 and in very short period of time it became so popular.

First of we will see what is QuickSight?

Amazon QuickSight is a fast, cloud-powered business analytics service that makes it easy to build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and quickly get business insights from your data. Using our cloud-based service you can easily connect to your data, perform advanced analysis, and create stunning visualizations and rich dashboards that can be accessed from any browser or mobile device.

So in a single line we can say QuickSight is a cloud-powered, business analytics service that lets you quickly and easily visualize your data.

Okay, so you might be wondering what are top most benefits of using AWS QuickSight?

  • It is fast, and faster as well
  • It is easy to use
  • Most importantly it is 1/10th the cost of traditional BI solutions

Interesting right? Now you want to know what would be the best features AWS QuickSight provides?

Here they are:

  • You can choose your data source:

When you log in, Amazon QuickSight seamlessly discovers your data sources in AWS services such as Amazon Redshift, Amazon RDS, Amazon Athena, and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). You can connect to any of the data sources discovered by Amazon QuickSight and get insights from this data in minutes


  • SPICE – The Super-fast, Parallel, In-memory, Calculation Engine

Amazon QuickSight is built with “SPICE” – a Super-fast, Parallel, In-memory Calculation Engine. SPICE supports rich calculations that help customers derive valuable insights from their analysis without ever having to worry about provisioning or managing infrastructure. Importing your data into SPICE speeds your analytical queries by allowing you to take advantage of its storage and processing capacity. Data in SPICE is persisted until it is explicitly deleted by the user.

  • It is mobile friendly

The iPhone app for Amazon QuickSight lets you access your data anywhere, and explore analyses, stories, and dashboards. Look for Android and tablet support, as well as viewing and creating annotations in offline mode in the future.


  • It has Smart Visualizations

Amazon QuickSight supports a growing list of visual types including bar charts, heat and tree maps, pivot tables, and others.

It supports:

  • Comparison and distribution
    • Bar charts (several assorted variants)
  • Changes over time
    • Line graphs
    • Area line charts
  • Correlation
    • Scatter plots
    • Heat maps
  • Aggregation
    • Pie graphs
    • Tree maps
  • Tabular
    • Pivot tables


So finally we will see how it works?


Now just sign up to Amazon Quicksight and get 1 user and 1GB of SPICE capacity for free. That is the best part here 😉

Happy coding!


8 thoughts on “Insight of Amazon QuickSight

  1. Let’s be clear this tool has great potential. But why when you use a category to add color to a scatter plot does is turn on aggregation?????? Until they sort this out then this is not a credible tool.


  2. Hey, thank you for this great info! I was playing around with quicksight and found out that it is not dynamic in nature. By Dynamic I mean if I click on one attribute like eg ‘Manager’ it should update all other graphs like how it happens in tableau and power bi but I could not find a way to do this either by filtering or other functions


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