Introduction to Data Visualization in Materialize and Explo

Introduction to Data Visualization in Materialize and Explo


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Materialize is a reliable and scalable platform designed for real-time data processing. Its strengths lie in streamlining data processing workflows and providing timely insights. Similarly, Explo is an analytics tool focused on delivering business insights to end-users. When used together, Materialize and Explo offer businesses an efficient way to manage and visualize their data. For developers aiming to improve their data processes or businesses looking to adopt data-driven approaches, this combination is worth considering. In this article, we'll discuss how to use Explo to visualize data from Materialize, providing both the reasoning and the steps involved. We'll guide you through extracting data from Materialize and setting up interactive dashboards in Explo. Explore the potential of these tools to make the most of your data. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Install and Set up Materialize and Explo

Before integrating, you need to have both Materialize and Explo installed and set up. To sign up for an account with Materialize's cloud offering, you may go here. To sign up for an Explo account, go here.

Step 2: Get Credentials from Materialize

To get credentials from Materialize, go to the url:<region>/connect

Step 3: Establish a Connection from Materialize to Explo

Once both platforms are set up, you can establish a connection from Materialize to Explo. In the Explo dashboard, go to the 'Data' tab and choose 'Connect Datasource'. Choose 'Materialize' as your database, fill in your Materialize credentials and establish the connection.

Step 4: Create Materialize Dashboard

Once your data is imported, you can start creating dashboards. Navigate to the 'Dashboards' tab and click 'Create Dashboard'.

Step 5: Write SQL

In the dashboard, write SQL to access your data. Click 'Save and Run' to see a sample of your data.

Step 6: Create a Chart

Visualize your data via a chart in Explo. Drag on a chart, select the dataset to create a visualization from, define the x-axis and y-axis for the chart, then watch as you created your first visual from raw warehouse data!

Step 7: Embed in Your Application


As we conclude, visualizing Materialize data with Explo stands out as a practical approach to data processing and analytics. By integrating Materialize's real-time processing with Explo's user-friendly analytics, businesses can make data more accessible and actionable. This combination allows everyone, from developers to executives, to interact with data efficiently.

Using these platforms effectively means understanding your business goals and being consistent with data-centric approaches. It might be a learning curve initially, but the benefits in terms of clearer insights and improved decision-making are evident.

We hope this guide has clarified how to use Explo with Materialize data. We're excited to see how you'll apply these tools to your data challenges. Dive in, and make the most of what Materialize and Explo have to offer!

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