Unlike traditional BI tools such as Tableau and Power BI, Columns is a pure web platform that you get your job done completely in your browser.
More importantly, Columns is the one-stop shop for data insights communication, it helps you navigate the whole communication process frictionlessly: transform data to insightsdesign insights to data storycommunicate data story to your audience
In a full product cycle, you will expect all the job to be done easily on a fully self-serve basis, even if you don't have any technical assistance.
Columns has the most cost-effective implementation in the cloud, hence, don't be surprised when you get your job beautifully done on Columns for free while others pay hundreds of bucks to purchase licenses and learn complicated systems like Tableau, Power BI, or Looker. You're clearly a winner here.
Traditional BI tools are expensive, complicated (to learn and use), and do not help us to get data insights communication done in one place with seamless collaboration.
As a result, we usually need to hire technical people to get meaningful insights, and it takes a long time to change back and forth, furthermore, if you want to communicate the work, you need to import/export, copy/paste the work to another tool (eg. PowerPoint), this whole process costs you too much time, energy and money.
Columns is created for you to get the communication done in one place, regardless of how technical you are. On Columns, you connect to any type of data you have, review the auto-generated insights in a visual graph, update data analysis through drag/drop or clicks, design your message in-place, chat or share the progress with your peers, at last, save and publish your work securely.
You get the job done right there in one place, in 5 minutes.
Columns is built to deal with a wide range of situations, these are some highlights organized by work type
Connect big range of data sourcesGoogle SpreadsheetMicrosoft ExcelCSV/TSV uploadsSnowflake data warehouseDatabricks data warehouseHTTP data filesCloud storage filesKafka real-time streaming data
Insights & VisualizationAuto-create insights query at the first loadEasy to select dimensions and metrics Support all chart types (Map, Bar, Column, Line, Area, Pie, Doughnut, Scatter Plot, Timeline, etc.), and more to come.Pivoting and sorting are all easy to operate by clicks.Click and customization - almost every single visual element can be customized to your own style.
StorytellingAdd annotation with any style at any positionAdd arrow with any style at any positionUse an arrow to highlight an area in a visual graphHighlight specific Bar in a bar chartAnimate timeline to illustrate time elapsed eventsAdd images, icons, and emojis to the canvas to enrich your story.More shapes are to be supported in the coming releases.Version control - every visual story could have multiple versions, an old version can be rolled back to.
CommunicationSend your visual graph as a Slack message to your configured Slack channel.Save visual and publish it as a web page.Embed a visual story into any web app using our embedded code.Download your visual graph as PNG or SVG files.Add the visual to a new or existing dashboardConversation in place (in a near-future release)
If my data source type is not listed in Columns UI, can we request support?
Yes. We have a big list of different types of data sources to be supported in our roadmap, please reach out to help us prioritize if your data source is not on the list yet.
Do we support presentations?
Columns story is designed for presentation, but it has only basic features now. We will support "export to slides" or "export to PowerPoint" in future releases.
Do we support big data?
YES. Columns is running on a limitless cloud cluster that can process big data in parallel that giving your a no-waiting experience while analyzing your data into a story.
Do you do customization projects?
Yes. Our main focus is to build a common product that benefits most of our customers, but our whole team is happy to build together with you for your specific solution with separate contract, please reach out!
What if I have more questions?
Welcome any questions, we're always listening here at [email protected], or joining our slack for direct conversation https://columnsai.slack.com/