How do you optimize queries for your dashboard?

Dashboard Guide: Optimizing Queries 


Step 1: Identify Expensive Queries 

Consider a sales dashboard for an e-commerce company that displays the top-selling products and revenue by region. You notice that the revenue by region query takes a long time to load. This query is a candidate for optimization. 

Step 2: Simplify and Refine Queries 

Let’s say the original revenue by region query looks like this: 

To optimize this query, you can: 

  • Remove unnecessary columns: If you don’t need additional customer information, remove the ‘JOIN’ with the ‘customers’ table and filter by ‘region_id’ directly in the ‘orders’ table. 
  • Use indexed columns: Make sure ‘region_id’ and ‘customer_id’ are indexed for faster performance. 
  • Optimize joins: In this case, there’s only one join, but if there were additional joins, consider minimizing them or avoiding subqueries. 

Step 3: Utilize Materialized Views or Aggregated Tables 

Create a materialized view that stores the revenue by region: 

Now, you can use this materialized view in your dashboard query: 

Step 4: Leverage Caching Mechanisms 

For example, in Tableau, you can enable caching by going to ‘Data’ > ‘[Your Data Source]’ > ‘Extract’ > ‘Edit Connection’ and then selecting ‘Use Extract.’ This will create a cached extract of your data source, speeding up query execution times. 


Applying these optimization techniques to your dashboard queries will ensure faster loading times and a smoother experience for your users. 

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