Well if you EVER wanted to make and take your business metrics mobile, now you have absolutely NO excuse not to. We are excited to announce our new Cloud/SQL data connector to our Professional subscription of our popular mobile business intelligence app, Atlas Insights. Using Windows, MAC or our Web apps, you can connect to your business SQL databases, instrument your business metric simply and quickly get those metrics out to your decision makers.
How easy is it? Let me show you.
Using any of our desktop apps for Windows, MAC or Web, you can create a data connection which you will get presented with the following screen.
Give your connection a name and how often you would like the data to refresh. Enter your server address and port number. Port number is important for connecting to your enterprise or cloud databases. At this point we try to connect and retrieve a list of databases you want to connect to. Click the Save and Continue button to move to the next screen to build your query.
On this screen, you enter your query that will make up the data for your metric. You need to make your column names match our column name using AS Actual, AS Target, AS Series and AS Date. Only Actual and Date are required. Click the Execute Query button to see a sample of your data returned for validation. If all looks good to you, use the dropdown to Assign to Metric your query.
Atlas Insights will do the rest updating and getting the latest and most important metric data to your decision makers. If you would like to take this feature for a test drive, it is available in our Professional subscription which I would be happy to give you FREE access to for evaluation. Just contact me.
Sign up today and get a FREE 3-month Basic subscription! Download for any mobile device or Windows/MAC desktops and Web and get started without anyone contacting you and bugging you for money. That’s what we call a worry-free trial.
In June of 2016, I began the effort of building a new mobile business intelligence app called Atlas Insights. Atlas allows you to take your business metrics and also public metrics with you wherever you might be. Basically, having your most important metrics available whenever you need them is the mantra . In October I launched my beta and finished up in December of 2016. Pretty amazing development speed huh?! I’ll have another blog on that later. As I have built this business, I have tried to be transparent and informative via my blog on the startup and software development process as I go along.
In all my years of designing and developing software, one metric all developers want to monitor closely is downloads. Now with having to support so many platforms from Apple, Google and Microsoft, tracking these stats is actually pretty easy. Today, I spent time visiting all the app store reporting pages to get a gauge on the downloads for Atlas and I came across VERY surprised.
The following chart is “Installs by Platform“. Right away you see an amazing slice for Apple! Now I would say I’m a bit Microsoft biased because I worked there and then I built a business off of them. Even in my marketing, I’m very balanced in that I market each company platform basically the same. But I’m just SHOCKED that 75% of my downloads are on the Apple platform. iPhone you may be thinking?
So let’s break it all down to get an understanding of what makes up those slices of the pie. The next chart is “Installs by Device“. Because Apple made up so much of the pie, if we look at the slices you’ll be shocked to see that MAC/OSX has 57% of the installs! In all my years of doing analytics and dashboards, the MAC users where never on the minds of the developers. I saw this as an opportunity and produced a MAC client of Atlas Insights and I’ve been overwhelmed with the response.
Isn’t that pretty awesome!? I’m going to continue to build for all platforms, but I will push the BEST business intelligence experience on the MAC/OSX that there has ever been!
We have just released version 1.5 of Atlas Insights for all platforms which includes Apple iPhone/iPad and Mac, Google Android and Windows (Desktop, Phone Hub). Included in this new updates are scorecard enhancements to include thresholds for Green, Yellow and Red, you pick what colors are used on your charts, integration with cloud drives from Microsoft, Google and Dropbox, along with a new Web version of Atlas available to customers of the Professional subscription.
If you are looking for a business intelligence productivity gain in your business, Atlas Insights is your best bet. We cover every device available on all leading platforms which none of the large vendors are providing. We also provide the quickest way of getting your data into Atlas without having a fleet of consultants to do a large data warehousing project.
At Atlas Insights, we are innovating and focusing on a #mobilefirst experience that extends to the desktop. Every day we think about what if business intelligence has been done wrong for the last 10 years and we create and innovate from there. We believe you will find Atlas easier to use, easier to load your data and easier to monitor your business than any other business intelligence solution in the market place.
PS: Ask yourself why the other big business intelligence vendors don’t show their app on all these major platforms. The answer? They can’t!
In my years of doing business intelligence, one thing has been constant. Reporting and Dashboards haven’t changed in nearly 25 years. Sure, there are some new chart types and animations, but that is about it. This type of reporting solution has been fine for the Boomer Generation and half of the X-Generation, but not the Millennials.
Wow, that is a crazy statement, right?! Nope. This new generation of business information workers look at data differently than the previous generations. Does this new generation of business workers get excited to sit down and fire up SAP, IBM or Oracle applications? I don’t think so! They basically consume nearly 80% of their business information via a mobile phone which means information needs to be accurate, informational and in an instant.
“Dashboards and data have to be re-thought for the next 10 years!”
When building my new Atlas Insights app, I wanted to provide this new generation of information worker with access to metrics in minutes that other traditional vendors provide in weeks or month. I focused on building an app for EVERY platform and that includes iOS, OSX, Android, Windows and Web so that no matter where a person might me, their metrics are available to them. The metric tiles are instant views into the heartbeat of the business. The metrics become your living business logic nutted down into a view you can see and understand in seconds and make the right decision.
That is why Atlas Insights is completely different than ANY business intelligence reporting solution from the BIG vendors. As proven many times in technology history, innovation comes from the little startup that is agile and not the big elephant in the room who is slow.
Go!… NOW!!! Download for ANY computing device you own!
Have fun! Patrick
When the big business intelligence vendors built their self-serve tools, they all focused on the desktop experiences for Windows. MAC was just an after thought to all of them and as MAC got more important, they all tried to force their dashboard experiences onto web experiences, which we all know resulted in a big fail.
Seriously, if you have an Apple MAC and really want to use it for business besides using it for email. Go download Atlas Insights and get started having your most important data wherever you are. Atlas was created with the mindset of “MAC FIRST” which truly makes our app the only solution for delivering your business data anywhere your employees might be.
We’re giving away FREE 6-month subscriptions, download and sign up now!
Enjoy the day, Patrick
PS: Also available for iOS, OSX and Windows too!
When the big business intelligence vendors built their self-serve tools, they all focused on the desktop experiences which includes web. Mobile was just an after thought to all of them and as mobile got more important, they all tried to force their dashboard experiences onto mobile devices, which we all know resulted in a big fail.
Seriously, if you have an Apple iPhone and really want to use it for business besides using it for email. Go download Atlas Insights and get started having your most important data wherever you are. Atlas was created with the mindset of “Mobile First” which truly makes our app the only solution for delivering your business data anywhere your employees might be.
We’re giving away FREE 6-month subscriptions, download and sign up now!
Enjoy the day, Patrick
PS: Also available for Android, OSX and Windows too!
That’s right, if you got an Apple MAC, why settle for sub-par performance and experience when working with your business metrics? Now for the first time, you have the complete Apple experience from your iPhone and iPad right to your MAC desktop.
That’s right, whether you are traveling on a plane, train or automobile or even sitting at the local coffee shop browsing your metrics on your iPhone. Just Favorite your metrics you want to review further when you get back to the office.
Then, when you’re in the office, just put down the phone and fire up your MAC and start Atlas Insights and pick up where you left off! You can download and use Atlas Insights for FREE on your iPhone or MAC.
Why settle for less when you can have the best! Patrick