Share your data securely: 4 use cases for integrated dashboards
Posted On 10/01/2018
“Knowledge is best when shared.” The same goes for data dashboards. Your insights become truly valuable when they are shared with the right people. Integrated dashboards inside your own online environment will allow you to do just that.
There are many cases in which it is useful to embed dashboards in your own app, portal, or any other environment. In this article, we’ll guide you through 4 use cases. Now, whatever your case may be, integrated dashboards always allow you to:
Share your datasecurely: users need to authenticate with your existing environment
Control user access: you decide who has access to which data
Share efficiently: create a limited set of dashboards, which will then automatically be filtered per user, showing the relevant data he/she has access to.
Now, how can your company benefit from integrated dashboards in your own applications? Get inspired by following 4 examples.
1. Optimize operations in your company
The first example we’ll look at are integrated dashboards for internal use. For example, integrate the dashboards into your own company portal.
Many large enterprises or multinationals struggle with silos. When working with thousands of employees, communication between different teams can be challenging. However, this is crucial to ensure smooth operations.
How to improve that communication with integrated dashboards?
Each team can manage their own team dashboards, right inside their daily workspace: your company portal. In that way, the full team can view, edit and analyze the data they need. Everyone is always up-to-date with the latest business information. In addition, you can control who is allowed to edit, or view only.
Share the dashboards between different teams to ensure good communication across the organization. Of course, you only need a fraction of the information which other teams are working on. Therefore, by applying the right filtering for each team, each colleague will only see the data that is truly relevant to their job. When they log in with their credentials, dashboards will automatically narrow down to the data they have access to.
The result? Better collaboration. Not only within a single team, but also across the whole organization.
2. Better service towards your clients
You’ll run into situations where you need to share data externally as well. Especially in a service or consulting environment, you’ll need to collaborate closely with clients & third parties. You need to keep them up-to-date on the status of your service or project. More and more, clients expect a 24/7 service.
How to keep your external stakeholders up-to-date with integrated dashboards?
Dashboards can be integrated into your own, secured environment. Provide login credentials for each client or supplier. Security is guaranteed, as you’ll have full control over the data each external party is able to view.
Create standard dashboards for all your clients, or fully customize dashboards on a client basis. Each report will automatically update with the most recent data. Clients and other third parties can log in any time, and check the status or performance in self-service. Instead of losing time on emailing back and forth with status updates, you can now use that time to focus together on optimizing and problem-solving.
The result? More transparency and extra service, which will lead to a higher customer satisfaction and a better customer relationship. Additionally, you’ll gain time to spend on the things that matter the most to your client and your company.
3. Offer analytics within your SaaS product
Product companiescan widely benefit from integrated dashboards too. SaaS platforms, for example, contain a richness of data. The demand from users to gain more insights in these data is growing. For example, users of accounting software want to understand cashflow, bad payers,…
Help your users grow a sustainable business. Analytics inside your platform may expose bottlenecks within your customer’s processes. In that way, you’re actively contributing to building their growth.
Offer a personalized experience for each user. Funny enough, you’ll only need to create a single dashboard. When a user logs on to your platform, the data in the dashboard will automatically be filtered, so that he will only see his own data. You can customize further on this basic framework to answer the needs of single users.
In addition, scale your own company faster thanks to integrated analytics:
Save development time. Instead of developing analytical features yourself, let your engineers focus on building your core product. Therefore, you’ll be able to take your SaaS product to the market faster.
Increase platform usage. Users will spend more time inside your environment, which will boost retention as well. In addition, you can offer analytics as a premium feature within your platform. Customers are willing to pay something extra, if they get real value in return.
The result? Your users will gain even more return from your product, which boosts satisfaction and usage of your product. Boost your customer’s business, together with your own business.
4. Improve public information by sharing open data in an accessible way
With a growing share of open data, you might want to share data with a wide public. It’s perfectly possible to embed your dashboards into any public webpage. In that case, there is no need for a full integration, involving login credentials.
Research bureaus and governmental institutions can embed interactive dashboards on their website. An easy way to share public information or study results. Each visitor can still filter out the information they need. The municipality tool of Statbel, the Belgian statistics bureau, is a great example of this.
Newspapers often use interactive maps or dashboards to support their news articles in a visual way.
The result? Better public information, backed up with powerful data. In addition, embedded solutions like Cumul.io ensure that your dashboard and datasets are well protected in a secure environment. Anyone can consult the data, but no one has access to the original data source if you don’t want them to.
Looking for a solution to add dashboards to your platform or portal? Cumul.io dashboards integrate hassle-free into any online environment. Start a free trial to discover the possibilities today! Or simply book a demo, and we’ll show you the possibilities of our platform.