Building and Supporting the Entire Curator Experience

Ben Bausili
Global Experience Practice Lead
October 11, 2021

At its core, Curator is about unifying the analytics experience where it meets the user. We call this the presentation layer. However, whether you’re building an internal analytics hub for your company or a new product to offer customers, Curator is only one part of the entire tech stack. So while Curator makes the presentation of analytics easy and beautiful, we’ll need solutions for both analytics and data to deliver the final experience:

Data Layer

The data layer is where the information we’re analyzing resides. There are many options for this layer, and often there will be many source systems  you will pull data from. Regardless, it’s recommended that you pull all your data into a single location for easier analysis. This could be Tableau’s own data server, which leverages Hyper Data Extracts, or it could be a standalone platform like Snowflake. When building out solutions for customers, our reference setup is Snowflake paired with an ELT tool such as Fivetran or Matillion that makes it easy to get data out of your source systems. If you would like help with your data strategy and architecture, the InterWorks Data Practice is here to help.

Analytics Layer

The analytics layer is where your reports and dashboards live. Curator leverages your existing reports to create a better, branded experience. These existing reports can come from a multitude of systems, and Curator can integrate with many. Our support for analytics platforms comes in three varieties:

  • Tier 1
    • Platforms: Tableau
    • Level of Support: At this level, the platform is deeply integrated into Curator. We support most of the available features of the platform, are aware of the content permissions reflected across the site's navigation and have additional features that extend the capabilities of the platform, like our Report Builder.
  • Tier 2
    • Platforms: Power BI
    • Level of Support: At this level, we can connect to the platform to make it easy to publish and manage the content. Elements of Curator, like our navigation, will consider the content’s permissions.
  • Tier 3
    • Platforms: Anything that can be iFramed or has an embed code available. Examples include SPSS, Qlikview, Google Data Studio, Looker, Thoughtspot and more.
    • Level of Support: At this level, we do not connect directly to the analytics platform. Our Page Builder makes it easy to take an iFrame or embed code and add it to any webpage in our system. Curator is not aware of the content but can manage the pages with features such as with our security groups.

We’re huge fans of Tableau and recommend it for any deployment of Curator if you are considering a platform. If you need help in your journey building out that content, reach out to our Assist by InterWorks team who can help empower your Tableau developers.

Supporting the Experience

Your Curator license comes with world-class product support, and we’re ready to help you get the most out of your purchase. Of course, the entire platform is more than just Curator software. The servers behind all these layers (data, analytics and presentation) are extremely important. Healthy servers mean reliable and speedy performance. While they know it’s important, many of our customers want to focus on the content and stop worrying about the individual servers powering Curator or Tableau Server. If that sounds like you, our ServerCare team is here to help your team keep producing and delivering value through 24/7 server monitoring, quarterly health checks and an infrastructure health assessment.

Whatever your challenges, the InterWorks teams are here to help. We’d love to hear your ideas, aspirations and challenges around delivering amazing analytics experiences.