Deriving Usage Insights and Anti-patterns for Google BigQuery

Today, many organizations are looking to unlock insights from data to add more value to their business. But as the amount of data grows to gigabytes, terabytes, or even petabytes, it is difficult to ingest, store, and analyze that data. In this case, you need an effective enterprise data warehouse that works across clouds and scales with your data.

What is Google BigQuery?

Google’s BigQuery is a fully managed serverless data warehouse that helps businesses quickly and effectively analyze huge data. Users can use Google BigQuery to extract crucial information from their data and make informed decisions. But there are ways to use it effectively and things to watch out for, just like any other sophisticated tool. 

To get the most benefits from this strong data analysis tool and to avoid possible issues, it’s important to understand why getting insights about its usage and recognizing common mistakes (anti-patterns) in Google BigQuery matters.

Deriving Usage Insights:

Getting insights about Google BigQuery usage helps improve its performance and prevent costly errors. For deriving usage insights and grasping how Google BigQuery is used, we can examine the records to find out questions people often ask, who is asking these questions, and queries that take a long time to run. We can also have conversations with the people using BigQuery, asking them what they use it for, the challenges they’re trying to address, and how well BigQuery serves their needs.

Advantages of deriving usage insights :

  • Optimize performance: By understanding how users interact with BigQuery, you can identify queries that take a long time to run or use many resources. This information can be used to optimize the queries or to limit the user’s access to BigQuery.
  • Identify security risks: By becoming aware of common BigQuery anti-patterns, you can identify potential security risks. For example, if you find that a user is sharing a BigQuery dataset with too many users, you can take steps to restrict access to that dataset.
  • Improve user experience: By understanding the purpose of BigQuery usage, you can make changes to the platform and improve the user experience. For example, if you find users having trouble finding the data they need, you can create better documentation or a search function.
  • Resource Management: Usage insights provide visibility into resource consumption, helping organizations monitor and manage resource allocation effectively. This leads to better cost management and ensures that the platform operates optimally.
  • Decision-Making: With usage insights, organizations can make informed decisions based on data-driven analysis of how BigQuery is utilized. This enables smarter choices in terms of query design, user training, and resource planning.

Deriving Anti-Patterns: 

Deriving anti-patterns helps find typical errors that might result in subpar performance or security problems while utilizing Google BigQuery This may be achieved by looking through the BigQuery logs, speaking with users, and being alert to typical anti-patterns.

Using too many joins and filters in a query, storing large amounts of data in BigQuery, sharing BigQuery datasets with too many users, and not using BigQuery’s built-in features to optimize performance are some examples of anti-patterns in BigQuery. By understanding the anti-patterns for Google BigQuery, you can avoid these mistakes and improve the performance and security of your BigQuery environment.

By following the below steps, you can prevent anti-patterns in BigQuery and enhance the performance and security of your BigQuery environment.

  • Using BigQuery Explorer to analyze and optimize the performance of your queries that are taking a long time to run 
  • Using BigQuery Audit Logs to track user activity and to identify users who are sharing datasets so you can restrict access to those datasets
  • Set up alerts in BigQuery:  This will help you to identify and address problems early by  notifying you when queries are taking a long time to run or datasets are being shared with too many users
  • There are several online forums and communities where you can talk to other BigQuery users. This is a great way to learn about common anti-patterns and how to avoid them

By deriving and analyzing anti-patterns, it is easy to identify features like query scanning, cartesian products, unfiltered joins, wildcard queries, and data denormalization. The performance of clustering and partitioning, redundant data loading, and overuse of subqueries can be optimized and improved.


By deriving usage insights, you can improve the performance, security, and user experience of your BigQuery environment. By understanding the anti-patterns for Google BigQuery, you can avoid potential mistakes and improve the performance and security of your BigQuery environment. Both approaches contribute to maximizing the platform benefits and overcoming challenges.

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Jyotsna Dasari

I am grateful for the opportunity to be at the forefront of exploring chatbots, Node.js, and Angular 8 technologies. My passion for innovation drives me to share my insights and knowledge with others through blog posts that showcase emerging developments in this dynamic field.

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