10+ Cloud Data Dashboard Platforms


These cloud data dashboard platforms allow easy creation and sharing of dashboards. Data is typically uploaded to a service, and most support cloud based data, Excel, SaaS application data and other sources.

ClicData is a cloud based dashboard platform that successfully delivers an easy to use, drag and drop graphical interface, while providing the tools for power users to deliver high levels of sophistication. Business users are able to produce dashboards almost immediately, and as they become more familiar with the platform, so they can deliver dashboards that incorporate a wide range of charts and graphs, conditional output, pivot tables, calculations and many other features. It is ideal for smaller businesses, but has also found enthusiastic uptake in larger firms as they become familiar with its power and flexibility.

DataHero provides cloud based dashboards that support a wide variety of data sources (cloud, SaaS applications, Excel and CSV), and majors on dashboard and chart sharing. Data is uploaded to the service and can be scheduled for regular updates. Users can select colour schemes and use a wide variety of charts (with auto-suggestion of the best chart type) using a drag-and-drop interface. The platform also supports easy to use statistical analysis and predictive analysis tools for more advanced analysis. A free subscription supports Excel and CSV files with a data limit of 2MB. Team based subscriptions start at US$ 89 per month.

Dash supports real-time dashboards for websites, business and personal use. The free version supports a single dashboard.

Dashzen supports the creation of both private and public dashboards in the cloud with connections to various online data sources. Private dashboards can be shared with nominated people. A variety of gadgets make up a dashboard, most of which connect with data sources (salesforce, Twitter, StackExchange etc).

Dundas BI provides dashboard and reporting capabilities with connectors to most data sources. Because it is based on HTML5 technology it is easy to use on mobile devices. It supports all the needed facilities such as filtering, grouping, sorting and drill downs.

iDashboards provides surprising flexibility in its licensing and deployment models. The on-premises Enterprise Suite is suitable for large organisations and can provide dashboards for internal consumption and for external agents such as customers and trading partners. The cloud deployment is suitable for smaller organisations, but provides pretty much the same functionality. Mobile devices are well supported with native apps.

Klipfolio is an online dashboard platform that pretty well connects with everything and will display data in whatever visualisation is most appropriate – and the pricing is very reasonable indeed. The list of data sources that can be accessed is too long to provide details here, but includes native support (XML, JSON, Excel and CSV), web services, databases (MSSQL, MySQL, Oracle, Sybase etc), cloud storage (Dropbox, Google Drive etc), applications (Salesforce, Facebook etc) and a wide variety of other formats.

Netvibes Basic is more geared to social media analytics, but can also be used outside this domain. The free service provides the dashboard and reader.

Slemma is a cloud BI and dashboard software that allows devs and non-devs alike to do ad hoc visual analysis against data.  Slemma plugs in directly to the most popular databases (including XMLA data sources), cloud storage and cloud services, and allows to bypass the need for a warehouse. It is easy to create a dashboard by using intuitive drag-and-drop interface or writing and running SQLs to build charts.

With the dashboards created in Slemma, team and clients can access dashboards through the web. And they can slice and dice the data in real-time by dimensions and measures for their own needs. The platform also supports data transformation features like aggregation, calculations, filtering, sorting and ordering data.

A free version supports Excel and CSV files and integration with Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive. Paid subscriptions start at US$ 29 per month.

Spotfire challenges the received wisdom that sophisticated technology is complex, and that easy-to-use technology is unsophisticated. For the large population of business users who simply wish to understand and analyze their data with least possible overhead, Spotfire will oblige. This is particularly true of version 7 where considerable effort has been made to automate routine tasks. However Spotfire goes well beyond routine day-to-day requirements, and as users gain confidence and skills so they can venture into other forms of analytics – statistics, predictive analytics, business rules and optimization, and real-time analytics for processing complex events. Unlike most of the new generation of data visualization and exploration platforms Spotfire will not present a dead-end as requirements become more complex. And it should be remembered that TIBCO has a long-standing pedigree in technologies which support data, process and application integration – something that is absolutely necessary if businesses want to turn the insights derived from analysis into action.

Zoho Reports is an online reporting and business intelligence service that helps you easily analyze your business data, and create insightful reports & dashboards for informed decision-making. It allows you to create and share powerful reports. The free service limits users (2) and data, and has cut down functionality.