This week we’re kicking off a new series of videos aimed at providing easily consumable insights into how to use Interana. Each video aims to cover a specific aspect of Interana’s technology in 60 seconds or less. We’ve about a half-dozen videos sketched out, and more in the idea stage.

Our first video focuses on the Interana Explorer, our primary interface for intuitively exploring your data. It’s the way to ask ad-hoc questions in Interana. Our users construct queries and select from different visualizations to drill down into their data. Powerful behavioral constructs like Metrics, Cohorts, Sessions, and Funnels built in other parts of the interface expand the kinds of questions that you can ask in the Explorer. We display results in the Visualization window, which presents the returned data set differently depending on the selected View. The results include:

  1. Visualization of the query results
  2. Text-based explanation of the query formed in the Visual Query Builder
  3. Timing and CPU statistics about how the query ran across the cluster
  4. Tools for adjusting the visual display

The Visual Query Builder lets users construct complex queries without writing any code. They can select the data set and visualization style, precise time and date ranges (including relative ranges like “2 months ago” to “now”), and the measures of behavior to display. Users can add an unlimited number of flexibly defined filter conditions to select just the subset of data they are interested in exploring. For most visualization types, the data can also be grouped by and compared by an unlimited number of dimensions. We also provide convenient tools for rapidly adjusting the queries: There’s a time scrubber at the bottom of the Visualization window to quickly select approximate time frames for the query. We also keep a history of earlier queries as a trail of breadcrumbs below the Visualization window. It’s simple and quick to return to an earlier query or result.

Take a look and let us know what you think! What other topics and aspects of Interana would you like to see?