Chartio Launches New Access Control Features Ahead of Expected API Integration Platform

Mark Boyd
May. 23 2014, 01:11PM EDT

Data visualization and dashboard creation service Chartio has this week released a new set of user features targeting the enterprise. The move comes as Chartio prepares to extend its data integration capabilities beyond the use of existing Google Analytics API and Salesforce API. CEO and Founder of Chartio, Dave Fowler, spoke with ProgrammableWeb about the new features and how APIs factor in to the dashboard provider’s roadmap.

“Chartio connects to all of your data sources,” CEO of Chartio, Dave Fowler, told ProgrammableWeb. “We support pretty much every relational database and we integrate to Google Analytics and Salesforce via APIs.

“We connect to those data sources and we create a schema so you can use a drag and drop interface to create charts and dashboards.”

This week, Chartio has launched new features to allow businesses to set access limitations on who can see and edit which company dashboards are created. The feature upgrade matches the sorts of security and user access management controls that enterprises look for when implementing other API-driven solutions: i.e. granular control over who sees what.

“We are launching a new set of access controls,” Fowler says. “Previously, Chartio worked great for teams of up to 50 people. But everyone on the team could see every dashboard that was created in each business account. Now we have introduced more granular access control to specify different access to databases, and different access to dashboards. Administrators can grant access to just the dashboards that staff need.”

“This also allows staff to create private dashboards for people that want to work on their own: it’s like a sandbox dashboard. You can now group people into teams, (sales, marketing, executive, etc) so you can assign settings as a group. Companies have hundreds of users and its becoming unwieldy. This gives people access to the right number of dashboards.”

The new feature is squarely aimed at enterprise users and is the first step in an expected rollout of more API integrations to come later this year. “It’s definitely for the enterprise and focuses on collaboration, which is a key part of the tool: the charts you are making are not just for you but for the right people in the organization,” confirms Fowler.

Chartio’s engineering team are now working on ensuring Chartio can allow end customers to connect other data sources beyond relational databases to their dashboards. They hope to launch an API marketplace in the near future.

“APIs tend to have limitations. Google Analytics has a fantastic API that allows slicing and dicing, but other APIs have a tough time of that. At the moment, we are connecting to users database. They haven’t built their own API for their database, so it is a lot more secure and a lot easier to provide more power for the reporting directly from our SQL queries.

“Now we are building out a whole system that can offer a whole range of APIs.

“Our goal at Chartio is that everyone in the company can be making the charts. we expose that ability, we don't want you to have to go through a data team. Data scientists are like the IT people of the ’90s: businesses needed to have them on board to help staff understand the systems. So Chartio is trying to make it easier for everyone to use data in their work. In 5 to 10 years, it will be part of everyone’s jobs to use data.”

Mark Boyd is a ProgrammableWeb writer covering breaking news, API business strategies and models, open data, and smart cities. I can be contacted via email, on Twitter, or on Google+.

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