Google Data Studio (GDS) is beside Power BI and Tableau as one of the most popular data visualization tools on the market today. The main focus of GDS is data visualization and Google strives for simplicity, but creating dashboards is just the final piece of your data management puzzle. Before that, you have to solve the data preparation piece and that’s often the tricky part.
GDS offers a set of data connectors that includes both Google’s services and third-party connectors. Even with the existing connectors to various services, you might need to pull data from a proprietary CRM or less common services. If you don’t have the right consolidated data inputs, the generation of your business intelligence reports can become a time-consuming nightmare. GDS offers a data blending feature, however many users feel this feature is under-developed and unreliable.
To bypass these limitations, many companies choose to build out custom connectors for their data. They hire a developer either in-house or on contract to build their custom data pipelines. This may be a feasible solution, but it’s likely not the most efficient as there are many issues you will likely come across sooner or later. First of all, there’s time-consuming maintenance involved since you’ll likely need to stray from your initial data pipeline configuration. Once your data needs change, your system may be left out-of-date and you’ll need to reconfigure the entire data pipeline which can involve costly and time-consuming development. Custom data connector development also comes without comprehensive monitoring, meaning once one of your data source APIs updates, which for some services is quite often, you likely won’t find out about any issues until the data flow is already broken. Another concern is that employees and contractors come and go and if the person who was tasked with building custom pipelines leaves, you’ll need to transfer the responsibility of the system to a new developer who likely has no knowledge about your system.
So how can your organization maintain a system of sustainable data management? The best way to simplify your organization’s data journey, easily manipulate the data structure on-the-fly and seamlessly create complex reports without the need for external developers and additional costs is to use reliable, secure and user-friendly data management tool like Dataddo.
Many efficient companies today are utilizing managed services with easy to use interfaces, built-in proactive monitoring, and ultra-flexible architecture. Tools like this allow organizations to easily add new data connectors to create data sources or switch data output from one BI tool to another as business needs change.
Perhaps the most significant value gained by utilizing a tool like this is having one single point for all data management which makes your processes much more organized and frictionless, saving you time and money.
Dataddo can connect all of your data sources with your BI tools or dashboarding apps like Google Data Studio or even your data storage solutions so you can manage all of your data from one place without writing a single line of code.