Most small and medium size businesses do not want the overhead of employing IT specialists or experts in business intelligence (BI) methods.
Datapine has responded to this need by providing a cloud based service which makes the creation of charts, graphs and dashboards straightforward, so that business users can explore their data and display updated KPIs as required.
The interface is primarily drag-and-drop, and this simple interface means that 80% of requirements can be met with 20% of the effort. For more complex needs datapine supports the creation of calculations (via the metric builder), and SQL can be used directly if required.
Queries can be executed across multiple databases and the whole interface is browser based, so that mobile devices can also be used. A scheduling facility will distribute reports and dashboards at pre-determined times, and dashboards can be shared via a url.
This is not a complex product, although users can do some complex things with it. It has been designed to be simple to use and configure, and will satisfy the needs of many small and medium size businesses.
Support is provided for MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, SQL Server, Excel, Dropbox, Box, Google Analytics and Google Drive. At the time of writing the most popular plan comes in at US$229 per month for 3 users and extra users are US$49 per month.