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Tag: Self-service BI

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.

Jolicharts vs. Excel: pivotables have become so 1990s

Why you should use Jolicharts instead of a good old pivot table in Excel to generate your charts? Not clear to you? Here are some key benefits to one of the most frequently asked questions by people not yet familiar with self-service business intelligence tools.

- Collaborative sharing of your dashboards (Google Drive-style approach as opposed to MS Office)
– You can design clean and user-friendly design for your charts and dashboards
– Possibility to cross multiple datasources (for the moment XLS and CSV only, but soon web services and databases)
– You may publish information in one click on the web
– Easy to embed charts and dashboard on external websites
Capable of handling big amounts of data (up to 1GB for the moment, and a lot more very soon)

Last, we at Jolicharts don’t see Microsoft Excel as a competitor at all. To us, Microsoft Excel is a wonderful platform to build upon, with a huge-issima installed based. We acknowledge a good chunk of our users are very familiar with Excel – some of them are Excel power users, and we’re doing our best everyday to make Excel datasources integrate seamlessly with Jolicharts. In a way, Jolicharts is the online, social extension of your spreadsheets.