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Tag: self-service analytics

Data analysis made simple

You MUST have heard of Big Data recently, Big Data currently being one of the buzz words most favored in the media and in ads. And you’ve probably told yourself, excuse my language, but ‘Ain’t for me but for big corporations‘.

At Jolicharts, we see no reason small and medium businesses with no access to expensive data analytics solutions shouldn’t be able to get the best from their data.

Actually, as was coined by Diego Basch on Twitter, most big businesses don’t have a ‘big data problem’, but a big ‘data problem’ rather – meaning most large corporations make decisions based on partial data analysis.

In fact, not so many businesses really face the issues and complexities (and opportunities!) derived from Big Data.

At Jolicharts, we are strong believers that anyone in any business of any size should be able to get the most from their data, whatever the quantity of it. Jolicharts helps you create beautiful charts to make your data speak out loud and make as good as possible decisions.

 

Developers, here’s your Jolicharts API!

Developers, the Jolicharts team has now released a killer feature you’re going to be delighted with: an API.

The API will enable you to embed your Jolicharts dashboards into any external information system (web app, website, Intranet, Extranet, hosted software,…), without anyone being able to notice your dashboards actually come from Jolicharts – call it White Label.

So how does the Jolicharts API works, concretely?

Each dashboard now has its own private API key you can find by replicating the manoeuvre illustrated on the screenshot displayed. Beware, API keys are accessible only to dashboard owners.

Embedding a dashboard into an application is about 2 processes you must control perfectly: process 1 is about controlling incoming data or your datasource(s); process 2 is about controlling how your analytics dashboard displays in front of your users.

Developers can take full control of datasources upon reading the API documentation dedicated to managing datasources. One of the main innovations in this feature release is you can update your datasource using SFTP, which I think make things very smooth and handy.

Developers can learn to manage their analytics dashboards built with Jolicharts by going through the API documentation dedicated to describing dashboard methods. At Verteego for instance – the environmental management SaaS provider that spun off Jolicharts, for each new project our customers create, a model dashboard is automatically duplicated using the dashboard / duplicate method.

There you go! Application developers can now start using Jolicharts as a white label self-service business intelligence technology. And lovin’ it.

Post scriptum: for those not familiar with the concept of an API, here’s a support page about how to get started with the Jolicharts API.

An interview of Olivier Baboulet: sustainability consultant and Jolicharts user

This is the first interview in a series that will highlight some of our users in the Jolicharts community. You’ve been using Jolicharts intensively or extensively and you’d agree on being interviewed? Drop us an email at support@jolicharts.com.

Olivier Baboulet is a high flying sustainability strategy consultant working for blue chip corporations around the world. An early adopter of Jolicharts, Olivier has been keen on providing continuous feedback and is already a heavy power user of the dashboarding and collaborative features of the self-service business intelligence application. Probably for these reasons, Olivier has accepted to answer our questions for this very first interview. Thank you so much Olivier for having so kindly accepted to open this series of interviews.

- What do you do Olivier Baboulet?

I am an environmental engineer in the first place.

I began my career in the academic sphere carrying out some research dealing with environmental and social accounting. Like this, I partook in the elaboration of a state-of-the-science hybrid LCA method, partly relying on input-output analysis and partly relying on process-based analysis (LCA). The underlying outcome was a comprehensive and easy-to-use tool for companies and collectivities.

More recently and as a logical follow-up, I went back to the private sector working in an small-size environmental consulting company which objective is to assess the environmental and social benefits/loads of mass market products and production sites and facilities.

- What is the importance of collaborative analytics in your work?

Most of my clients are international companies having BUs scattered all around the world. Environmental and social accounting is a much decentralized process in the extent that data collection needs to occur on a local level, at each and every production site.

Being able to rely upon robust collaborative tools, being upstream for the collection of data or downstream for the restitution of the information is hence of the essence for a seamless communication across the different departments involved in such projects that are, to say the least, data- and analytics-intensive.

- What made you start using Jolicharts?

So far, I’ve been using a very famous BI stand-alone solution. Still, license fees were substantial and being a stand-alone solution implied that each and every site needed to be equipped to collaborate/share. Furthermore, if capabilities and functionalities were numerous, experience showed that only a fraction of them were really resorted to. Since training employees to new tools is always a challenge, a tool that would offer only the most essential functions would immediately stand out of the crop.

Based on this threefold record, I thus started looking for a solution that would combine a SaaS approach with only the most useful features and functionalities so as to ensure an immediate deployment and mastering of it.

Then I found Jolicharts.

- How does Jolicharts help you?

Since I’ve been using Jolicharts, I’ve increased my productivity (and in the same breathe the productivity of my clients) while lowering “logistics” pitfalls.

Indeed, only a web browser is needed in the first place so that a massive-scale deployment across several BU spanning all five continents is a matter of seconds. In addition, Jolicharts offering only the most essential functions and features, handover is greatly facilitated preventing further delays that could have otherwise occur under the form of training sessions for instance. Besides, the pricing subscription model being very lean, I end up paying only for what I consume (be it in terms of features and/or calculation).

Jolicharts is hence a very-easy-to-implement solution regardless of the organization and allows real-time collaboration. No more files to store and organize on my hard drive, only one up in the cloud and always up-to-date. And of course, the rendering of dashboards enables me to pass on my conclusions in a very efficient way.

- Which other self-service business intelligence tools did you use to work with prior to adopting Jolicharts?

To make a long story short, I was referring to QlikView above.

- What’s your favorite feature in Jolicharts?

Mentioning only one would be misleading and over-simplistic. The strength of jolicharts lies in its ability to offer the most useful BI features in a web-based service. That’s the very feature and the very reason why I switched and further prescribed this solution.

Still, and from a more hands-on standpoint, I certainly appreciate, atop of the classical BI features offered by Jolicharts, being able to embed pictures, videos and hyperlinks in my dashboards. Also worth mentioning is the variety of data visualization templates offered enabling an always clear picture, whichever the recipient is (marketing, operations, supply chain, communication, etc.)

- To which population would you recommend Jolicharts? (eg friends, family, customers, co workers, alumni, partners,…)

For those that would need very specific features on the long run they’ll probably need another solution and I cannot blame them in so doing as it’s not the philosophy Jolicharts relies upon.

Still, for those who only use the most essential features of BI solutions and who enjoy a software-as-a-service, that will amply do. And empirically clients, co-workers, suppliers and partners certainly belong to the second group.

To make a long story short, to each their own. Whatever the user, he will get his share so that I am inclined to recommend it to everyone.

Thanks again for your insights and crystal-clear answers Olivier.