Source: Amazon Web Services announcements

The following is an overview of recent feature enhancements to Amazon QuickSight

1. Support for Federated Single Sign-On using SAML 2.0
There is now an additional mode of authentication in Amazon QuickSight, with support for Federated Single Sign-On (SSO) using SAML 2.0. This allows you to sign into your SAML 2.0 compliant Identity Provider portals (Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services, Okta, Ping Identity, Shibboleth, and others) with existing credentials and then access QuickSight with a single click, without having to enter any QuickSight-specific passwords or account names. In addition, AWS administrators can enable additional security requirements for Amazon QuickSight access (through the identity provider portal) depending on details such as where the user is accessing from or what device is used for access. This makes it easier to comply with corporate data access policies and allows additional safeguards for sensitive data handling in QuickSight. Federated SSO using SAML 2.0 is now available in QuickSight Standard Edition and will also be available in QuickSight Enterprise Edition shortly.

2. Permissions based model for just-in-time user provisioning
A permissions-based model for just-in-time user provisioning was also introduced. With specific AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) permissions for user and administrator provisioning, you no longer need to be invited by the administrator of the QuickSight account. As long as you have the right permissions mapped to your role, you can access QuickSight without any additional administrator actions required.

3. Relative date filters
Date filters in QuickSight now allow you to specify relative date ranges. By filtering over ranges such as “year to date” or “last 30 days”, you are now able to create dashboards and analyses that display data over the specified moving windows of time.

4. Teradata support
QuickSight now supports Teradata. With the new Teradata connector, you can easily connect to and visualize your Teradata instances either on premises or in the AWS cloud.

5. Support for Redshift Spectrum
Amazon QuickSight customers can leverage Amazon Redshift Spectrum to visualize and analyze vast amounts of unstructured data in their Amazon S3 “data lake” – without having to load or transform any data. In addition, customers can now visualize combined data sets that include frequently accessed data stored in Amazon Redshift and bulk data sets stored cost-effectively in Amazon S3 using the same SQL syntax of Amazon Redshift.

To learn more about Amazon QuickSight, see the latest official blog posts. These features will be available in Amazon QuickSight Enterprise Edition soon.