What do you like best?
I love how easy and intuitive the chart and dashboard creation is! We were able to get going in no time and build beautiful, fully interactive charts which rich linking and filtering capabilities out the box!
I also loved that there's no SQL editor that you 1st have to wrangle to get something out, anywhere in sight.
That doesn't mean that you can't churn out some fairly complex visualizations...you just have to prepare your dataset in the right way first... which imho is the correct level separation of concerns for something like this.
Actually embedding dashboards and graphs is also a simple, one-liner JS copy-and paste affair.... if you can manage a Google tracking script, you can manage this!
When you are displaying visualisations inside your platform for your authenticated users, there's an API and with client implementations in various languages available, which allows you to securely embed views, pre-filtered to relevant data of each user... perfect for a Saas platform.
What do you dislike?
A minor complaint would that the documentation, albeit very well presented in an "academy" for end-user use, along with developer documentation for embedding, creating custom data connectors, etc... is a little lacking in places. They are however filling it out with articles and how to's continually, so it is improving. The upside is that the support team is responsive and very helpful and friendly... and in the few cases we needed a bit more advanced help, we got access to the core engineers.
Recommendations to others considering the product
Unless you have an in-house team of data scientist who eats R for breakfast and defecates Python... then this is a top-notch option for embedded analytics. Haroen (founder) and his team know what they are doing and so far have been a safe pair of hands for the very few any questions or issues we have encountered
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
We provide a B2B SaaS app to the financial services industry. We deal with a lot of financial data... and needed a way to visualize that data inside our platform.
The criteria included:
- flexible, fast execution, with quick turnaround time on new charts, dashboards and amendments to existing ones
- first-class embedding/integration options, because our main use case was to roll out sets of dashboards to different segments of our user base
- high enough a level of abstraction, so that a tech savvy business analyst could craete dashboards and graphs with little to zero help from IT (other than preparing datasets)
We evaluated a TON of products over an 18 month period, but never found quite the right balance of features, flexibility and ease-of-use that we were looking for. We had almost given up hope and was about to (reluctantly) go with one of the better-known players in the market... that is until we came across Cumulio.