Startup Gigasheet Obtains Patent for Big Data Analytics Spreadsheet

Gigasheet is a cloud-based big data spreadsheet that helps organizations investigate large data sets without the need for a database, programming knowledge, or IT support.

“It turns out that a lot of people are looking for easier ways to analyze big data, and it’s not just security analysts. We see users in all kinds of business fields, from sales and marketing data to data engineering. »

Gigasheet, a startup that makes big data analysis more accessible to business users, has been granted a patent for its unique ability to organize large data sets into a cloud-based spreadsheet. With Gigasheet, big data that typically requires a database can now be displayed in a familiar rows and columns interface. The patent illustrates the technology’s ability to help cybersecurity analysts identify anomalous events in network logs. Additionally, the company has discovered that thousands of users are applying the technology to solve a variety of other big data challenges.

In 2020, the founders of Gigasheet began developing new technology to help security analysts easily investigate massive datasets. Data storage costs have plummeted in recent years, so devices on computer networks record nearly every click and digital transaction, creating massive repositories of digital information that can prove invaluable in a cybersecurity investigation. When teams respond to a security incident, they sift through these treasure troves of data, looking for patterns and snippets that contain information relevant to the investigation. Gigasheet’s patented approach infers schema from data and visually organizes it in a spreadsheet-like interface, enabling faster investigation and analysis.

Many security-specific features underpin Gigasheet’s product. Data types such as URLs and IP addresses are understood by the platform to help analyze network communication patterns. The technology infers data structures and normalizes data from a wide variety of different file types, from large Excel files to more complex JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) files found in many modern applications. With the data, Gigasheet’s analysis produces normalized data, and security analysts can then use filters, groups, and aggregations to create complex queries needed to respond to incidents.

Beyond Cybersecurity, Gigasheet Brings Big Data Analytics to Multiple Industries

Although the patented technology was originally developed for cybersecurity investigators, Gigasheet co-founder and CEO Jason Hines says the app is unexpectedly gaining traction. “Shortly after our initial launch, we saw hundreds of people using Gigasheet for analytics beyond cybersecurity. It turns out that many people are looking for easier ways to analyze big data, and it’s not just security analysts. We see users in all kinds of business fields, from sales and marketing data to data engineering. »

When faced with analyzing a large data set, most people turn to the familiar spreadsheet. Many options exist, including old mainstays like Microsoft Excel and newer readers like Google Sheets or Smartsheet. According to Hines, Microsoft Excel has around 750 million users worldwide, but these tools cannot handle multi-million row data sets commonly found in modern organizations. This leads users to clumsy or unreliable workarounds, but more often than not, they are left with no workable solution.

Without Gigasheet, such analytical challenges require a full data stack, with a database back-end, an extraction and transformation layer, and a set of visualization and reporting tools. These platforms require ongoing setup and maintenance by skilled data engineers. Business users in organizations are required to submit requests to enterprise data teams and are often disappointed with the results returned when the data is not exactly what they expected or requested. Rather than a self-service scan performed at the speed of thought, this process involves bureaucracy, queues, or in some cases, simple abandonment.

Gigasheet puts the power of a database in the hands of anyone with the ability to use a spreadsheet. From analyzing search engine optimization data to reviewing large lists of potential customers, users turn to Gigasheet to work with big data. Data can even be imported directly into a spreadsheet from popular online platforms such as Salesforce or Snowflake. Part of what makes Gigasheet unique is its ability to manage huge volumes of data in minutes by dragging and dropping a file or connecting to a cloud-based platform.

While Gigasheet’s patented invention is all about network security, it’s only just begun to address broader issues for a variety of segments in big data analysis and processing. Gigasheet helps people get answers from big data without major engineering effort. What started as a narrow cybersecurity solution has now morphed into a broader big data opportunity.

Gigasheet is a cloud-based big data spreadsheet that helps organizations investigate large data sets without the need for a database, programming knowledge, or IT support. While users interact with what looks like a simple spreadsheet, a powerful database running behind the scenes allows users to analyze and manipulate up to a billion rows of data.

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