dbt has gotten your team so far. You've shipped your gold models off to your stakeholders for self-service exploration. But you soon find out that your stakeholders still have to ask you what means what, and they still have to ask you how to filter it or aggregate it a certain way. Your self-service initiative is falling flat and you're looking for a better way.
In this post, you’ll learn how Canvas is the final step to letting your stakeholders use your dbt models without having to rely on you.
Surface dbt docs and descriptions to your team
With Canvas, you don’t have to maintain a separate wiki or data catalog. Instead, Canvas will automatically surface your model and field descriptions directly from your .yaml file. This means your stakeholders can truly understand the data they’re looking for without having to refer to an external wiki or rely on your team for answers.
Self-service exploration of your dbt models
Canvas gives your stakeholders a spreadsheet-like interface to your dbt models so they can answer their questions without SQL. Business teams can filter, pivot, write formulas, and build charts they can then share with others to collaborate.
Collaborate and get feedback on your models
Instead of exporting data to spreadsheets and creating silos between you and your stakeholders, with Canvas, you can see how your teams interact with your models. Even better, your stakeholders can ask you questions right where the data lives. This way, you can either help them by inspecting their work via SQL and making changes or update your models to make them more usable.
Connect your dbt project in minutes
Canvas integrates natively with dbt so that you can connect in minutes via dbt Cloud or Core. Visit our site to watch a demo or sign up for a 14-day free trial.