Why You Should Avoid Using Functions and Calculated Fields in Data Studio

The use of functions in calculated fields can greatly increase the load time of your reports in data studio. 

Even the use of calculated fields themselves can greatly increase the load time of your data studio reports.

If you want to do any type of data manipulation (whether it is aggregation, mathematical calculations, manipulating string data etc) do it in Google Sheets and not in data studio.

 

There are a couple of good reasons for that:

 

#1 Google data studio is not meant for data manipulation. It is not a spreadsheet. Sure it provides formulas and functions for manipulating data but their use can significantly slow down your reports esp. when you have got a large data set.

 

#2 Manipulating data in Google Sheets is far easier than manipulating the same data in data studio. That is because Google Sheets is specifically designed for data manipulation. It is a spreadsheet.

 

#3 When you choose to do data manipulation in data studio, you unnecessarily make data studio hard to use. 

 

#4 When it comes to data manipulation there is almost nothing that Google Data Studio can do but which Google Sheets can’t. In fact Google sheets can manipulate data much better than data studio. So use Google sheets for data manipulation wherever possible.

 

Use a calculated field of data studio only when you can’t manipulate the data otherwise or when you have got a small data set.

For example, when you are dealing with boolean data in data studio, you have no choice but to use the calculated field. As data studio does not recognize boolean values used in Google Sheets of type ‘Boolean’.

Minimize the use of calculated fields in your data source and reports, as much as possible.

 

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