Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Panorama Support Forum

We are happy to announce the launch of the ‘Panorama Support Forum’ for our Google Pivot Table Gadget. It’s a new interactive way to receive Panorama support and share your knowledge with others. We are tracking posts and comments and adding new materials on a daily basis, so make sure you don't miss anything!

You can use this forum to:
  • Find and share useful technical information related to the gadget;
  • Ask questions and share your knowledge for the benefit of all our users;
  • Post suggestions and provide feedback.

It’s very easy to join, just go to and start using it!

Friday, February 13, 2009

How to Use Google Spreadsheets for No-Cost Data Analytics

Most users are unaware that Google Spreadsheets, a part of Google Docs, the online productivity suite that's free for individuals, has a majority of the features users look for in Microsoft Excel. Google Spreadsheets' analytics capability can instantly enhance your use of business, organizational or personal information. Knowledge Center contributor Oudi Antebi explains how Google Spreadsheets can satisfy virtually all of your daily spreadsheet needs, including how to use Google Spreadsheets for no-cost data analytics.

In some ways Google Spreadsheets goes beyond Microsoft Excel and can actually extend the enterprise user's capabilities. Google Spreadsheets can help users in the enterprise with collaboration, visualization and analytics.

1. Collaboration
Google Spreadsheets allows multiple users to work together in real time on a single spreadsheet report. Even if you're not ready to replace Excel, you will benefit from uploading your existing spreadsheet to Google Spreadsheets, then inviting people to a collaborative session. When finished, you can simply save your spreadsheet back to Excel or keep it live on Google Docs.

2. Visualization
Google has built some interesting data visualization tools into its free Spreadsheets application. These tools, known as gadgets, can be added to a Google spreadsheet as needed. For example you can inset an animated "motion chart" into your spreadsheet to show how data has changed over time.

3. Data analytics
The analytical features in Google Spreadsheets are extremely powerful, enabling numbers to tell stories that might otherwise have never been found. By being able to "slice and dice" data, you can see your numbers in a new light and gain important insights.
Pivot tables are a great case in point for the power of analytics. By inserting a pivot table into your spreadsheet, you can instantly and dynamically compare classes or information such as expenses over time, sales by geography and so forth. Or you can quickly identify your top 10 (or bottom 10) products, vendors or salespeople.

Read full article and a step-by-step guide to using analytics in a Google spreadsheet:

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

You Can Now Embed Analytics on Your Website

Adding interactive analytics of your data to your website was never easier. Whether you’re sharing financial data, weather forecast or product comparisons, an interactive tool to navigate through the data gives your blog and website visitors much more than simple static tables of data.

Panorama Analytics can be embedded in your web site or blog just like YouTube videos. First, create a Panorama Analytics gadget, connect and upload your data, and prepare the initial report or chart. Save it and use the “Embed” option under “Save” menu to get the embedding code.

Uploading Data From Your Excel or CSV File

1. Login to iGoogle

2. Click “Add Stuff” or “Insert Gadget” and search for Panorama or look in the “Tables” category. There are two Panorama gadgets available, use the “Panorama Analytics” one. Or you can click on this link and add the gadget to your iGoogle page.

3. Login inside the gadget with the same Google account you are using. That’s how we’ll authenticate and recognize you.

4. Choose the data source and upload some data. For example, it can be some Excel file with interesting data to analyze.

Uploading Data From Your Google Spreadsheet

1. Login to Google Spreadsheets and open / create a spreadsheet with the data you want to analyze.

2. Once your data is ready, click insert and chose Gadgets.

3. Select the “Tables” menu on the left.

4. Click “Add to spreadsheet” below the “Analytics for Google Spreadsheet” gadget and follow the wizard to create your first interactive report

Customizing and saving your report

5. Once there in the Panorama Analytics, interact and play with the data.

6. Once you have an interesting chart or view on your data, Save the view (from the main toolbar).

Generating the embedding code

7. From the same “Save” menu, use the embedding option to generate the embedding code. No need to understand HTML. Just set the size for the analytics component, give it a title and copy the HTML code to the right place in your website or blog post.


Note the security mode. It’s your decision whether any anonymous visitor will be able to see the data or whether they are required to login with their Google account first.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Scobleizer: The story of 2009? Enterprise disruption?

Robert Scoble interviews Oudi Antebi of Panorama Software:

“In addition to the interview I did yesterday with socialtext, which explores some of the disruption coming to enterprises, there’s another trend I’m tracking: the coming fight between the collaborative web and Microsoft.Now some pundits in the industry think that the fight will be head on. Not me. I think it’ll be more parasitic. Like how mold takes over a strawberry. Slow, but in the end the strawberry dies.Is that what we’re seeing now? Well, here’s something that is a small piece of the bigger trend. You could call it a few cells of mold on the strawberry, if you’d like.What is it? Panorama Software for Google Apps. I shot two videos with Oudi Antebi, VP of marketing and strategy of Panorama Software. Never heard of them? Neither had I, but what they are doing is very disruptive to bigger companies:

Part I. Where we discover what is happening in the Business Intelligence space and learn what Panorama Software is doing. (This video is embedded above).

Part II. Demo of how the Panorama gadget is used to display real-time data.”

Read full blog post:

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Collaborating on sreadsheets

I just read this post talking about how nice it will be to be able to collaborate on spreadsheets when Office 14 is available. 

I am writing this post to ensure that those who need to collaborate on spreadsheets and even better - do some very powerful collaborative analysis don’t wait 2 years for Office 14 but start using Google Docs with Panorama’s online solution now.

All you need to do is upload your spreadsheet to Google docs, insert the Panorama pivot table gadget and share with others.

Here is a nice video showing how you do that:

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Support for SQL Server Analysis Services

Some time ago we announced a release of the first enterprise extension for Panorama Analytics for Google Docs in the form of SQL Server Analysis Services support. This solution offers enterprise users the ability to analyze data from their Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services platform through the use of local cube files.

If you still haven't tried it yet, here's a short video tutorial that will help you get started.

To learn more about this solution, please visit Corporate Data Analysis section at

Video Tutorial for Pivot Tables

We are excited to announce a new Video Tutorial for Pivot Tables in Google Spreadsheets! Check it out and please send us your questions, comments or suggestions. We'd love to hear from you!