There are a lot of management principles you can learn in an MBA class about building your startup. But the most important things about startups you really don’t learn from a book or a professor that hasn’t created a company before. I always found when creating a product that might have a competitor or two, that it is important to remember this every day.
You don’t have to be the first, just be the best!
Sometimes you can get so bogged down on features or what the competitor is doing that you will easily lose focus on that is unique to your business and or product. When I created my Mobile Business Intelligence (MobileBI) product, Atlas Insights, I have competitors like Microsoft, Tableau, IBM, Oracle and others that might have a similar product, but not quite.
It’s important to focus on the key features or services you have that make you stand out above the rest. Spend a good amount of time thinking about what the other products are missing and how your product does it best than any other competing product. In Atlas Insights, we excel at making it super easy to get your data into the app and out to your employees. Start the app and within a minute, you’ll know the performance of your entire business against your goals.
And the most important aspect where we are the BEST?! You can do it yourself and not have to hire a fleet of consultants to implement your MobileBI strategy like my competitors.
When I launched Atlas Insights in the middle of January 2017, I wasn’t sure what the uptake would be on a new mobile business intelligence solution in the marketplace. Tableau has a lite client, Microsoft has PowerBI client for its dashboards, but would an entrant be worthy enough to jump into the mix?
After 7 months, Atlas Insights just broke a major milestone of over 500 installs! That is pretty amazing considering we don’t have the budget that Tableau and Microsoft can spend to build a brand. The goal was “not to be the first to the market with a product, just make it the better than the rest”. Atlas Insights is completely different because we focus on a mobile-1st experience with actionable data, first and foremost, while other makes you wade through a sea of dashboards trying to figure out what each chart means.
That’s a powerful statement. Just how long do you spend staring at a dashboard trying to figure out what it means and what you can to do with it? Too long.
Atlas Insights – “Turn it on and know what is going on.”
Visit www.AtlasBI.com and download for ANY device, including MAC OSX, as we are the leading BI product on the MAC.
How many if you arrived at work today and the first thing you did was open your browser to browse to an intranet site to see your company dashboards? Probably less than 1% of you did. And then, you drilled and sliced and filtered to find your data. How long did that take you? Probably more than 15 to 30 minutes. After a while you probably gave up. Am I correct?
It is time to throw out the old paradigm of looking at dashboards for company insights and just pull out your phone and quickly, and we mean within seconds, get to the most important data that you and your company cares about.
Atlas Insights is the most effective way to get your most important company metrics out to your employees anywhere they might be in this busy world.
You can download Atlas Insights for iOS, OSX, Android, Windows and Web and take it for a 90-day test drive for FREE without ANY sales person bugging you.
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!
Like most businesses, you are probably using the Microsoft Cloud or O365 for your business data. Well, we made Atlas Insights the easiest mobile business intelligence platform on the planet on getting your cloud data into our app and out to your employees anywhere they are. Seriously, it takes just a minute or less and saves your business 10’s of thousands of dollars in an instant.
If you have your data in the Microsoft Cloud, you can quickly access it with our Plus and Pro subscriptions of Atlas Insights. You’ll take that process of weeks and months of moving data and building old lame dashboards, throw them out and make your business great again with our mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows and OSX. It costs nothing to try and we are super simple to setup and use.
For a limited time, we are offering a FREE 6-month Basic Subscription.
Visit http://www.AtlasBI.com for more information
PS: If you want a demo, just contact me as I would love to take you through the app.
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.
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Have fun! Patrick