26,000 users and analysts.
2 trillion rows of data.
1 mission: Empower each of the former with all of the latter.
eBay is the largest online marketplace in the world, hosting more than 97 million active buyers and sellers on its site. With such a massive user base, the amount of data being collected comes out to roughly 5 terabytes every 24 hours. To put that in perspective, every three days eBay stores enough data to duplicate the total volume of the Library of Congress’s digital archive.
Locked inside those trillions of rows were insights that eBay knew could drive innovation within the organization. The problem: how to open the flood gates without drowning the 26,000 users and analysts inside the company that were eager to leverage the power of that massive data asset.
That’s when eBay started working with Tableau and the data democracy revolution began. What started with 300 people using Tableau’s intuitive drag-and-drop interface to easily access data across eBay’s various big data platforms grew exponentially until data analysis as a practice become part of the organization’s core business DNA.