Frequently Asked Questions

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Most frequently asked questions

  • Why should I prefer Datacosa?

    Datacosa is a 3rd generation Data Analytics Platform that focuses on data democratization, self service data analytics and visualization. Datacosa provides an end to end data platform with the best data security approach in the industry. Datacosa is the perfect cost effective choice for all of your data analytics needs

  • In which use cases Datacosa is best suited for?

    Datacosa provides connectivity to many datasources and enables online and offline integration and analytics. Therfore Datacosa is a fine choice anywhere that there is data to be analyzed. Furthermore, Datacosa is especially built to enebale secure and authorized data access to every stakeholder in the organization. If you want everyone in your organization to be a data driven decision maker then Datacosa is the exact right solution for you.

  • Is there a guided demo for Datacosa?

    "There are many ways you can take a look at Datacosa. You can schedule a one-on-one demo with our technical and functional experts. You can download our free version and use it free forever or you can request a limited time online free trial. Please see our home page for the links."

  • Is there a free version of Datacosa?

    Yes. To support start-ups and developing companies we offer a free version having workspace and user limitations but no time restricition, that is free forever. Unlike our competitors, our free version is NOT a DESKTOP solution and includes dashboard sharing without any payment at all. What is the point of generating information if you can not share it anyways!

  • Which license and deployment options the free version is available for?

    The free version is available for BYOL model for cloud deployments and for all on premises deployments. That is software is free as long as you own the hardware.

  • What deployment models are available for Datacosa?

    Datacosa has on premises and cloud deployment offerings. Its flexible licensing and platform free infrastructure make Datacosa easy to purchase, deploy and maintain. Datacosa is an end-to-end web application and requires a server to deploy on premises.

  • What licensing models are available for Datacosa?

    There are currently three licensing models for Datacosa; namely premium, BYOL and On premises. For detailed information please visit our how it works page.

  • What payment models are available for Datacosa?

    Datacosa is licensed through a subscription model with annual or monthly payments. Annual upfront payment model has significant price advantage.

  • I have Datacosa cloud subscription how can I integrate my cloud databases and analyze the data in them?

    Datacosa has a simple data source configuration wizard to connect to the data sources that are reachable through the network protocol. Just follow the steps and fill in the required fields and you are good to go.

  • How can I load data that is on my local servers to Datacosa Cloud?

    The best and the safest way to integrate data in local databases with Datacosa cloud is by using our free data agent that reads and uploads only the necessary data to cloud. Datacosa Data Agent is also a more secure way to upload data to the cloud that uses an encrytped transfer protocol

  • I have installed an on premises verison. How can I connect my data sources?

    Datacosa has a simple data source configuration wizard to connect to the data sources that are reachable through the network protocol. Just follow the steps and fill in the required fields and you are good to go.

  • Does Datacosa transfer all the data after data source configuration?

    No. Datacosa only reads the meta data information for the data source, that is the tables, views, indexes or other data source related objects that contain data in order to generate ad hoc queries against that structure.

  • What if my data source structure changes? How does Datacosa handle the changes in tables, views and columns?

    Datacosa has background processes that constantly looks for data structure changes and raises alerts for these changes to take corrective action. Datacosa has easy to use UI to synchronize data structure changes.

  • Can I see the impact of the data structure change?

    Yes. Datacosa provides detailed report for usage of the changed structure. You can see clearly in which dashboards or query reports that the changed structure is used.

  • What kind of services are offered to Datacosa users?

    We provide an extensive POC service before purchase to assure that you have chosen the right solution. After purchase we provide BI consulting services, data preparation and ETL services. These services together, enable faster and easier path for your transition journey from raw data to actionable insights.

  • Do you provide data technology stack consulting?

    Yes. We have vast experience of building data systems. We provide services to analyze your data sources, learn about your data analytics targets and help you to build the right data solution to achive your goals faster and with lower costs. We help you build a robust end to end data analytics environment.

  • What is Cell Level Security and how it is applied in Datacosa?

    "Defining each users or roles data authorization for rows and columns in the data is called Cell Level Data Security. In Datacosa two types of cell level authorization can be defined. 1. Data Source Data Object Level 2. Dashboard Level For details please refer to learn section or user manual."

  • Which data sources are supported by Datacosa?

    Datacosa supports all popular data sources having different technologies. You can use and integrate Realtional Databases (Oracle, mySQl PostgreSQL etc.) , NoSQL Data Sources (MongoDB, ElasticSearch etc.) , Distributed File Systems (S3, ADLS 1-2 etc.) or files (excel, csv, xml etc) and some services. Please see the list of supported data sources using this link.

  • I don’t have a data warehouse, data lake or any other analytical data source, what should I do?

    Datacosa comes with a very high performance embedded Data Node (DDN) that supports, large or small data sets and scale horizontally. You can use a single Datacosa Data Nodet hat comes bundled free with the application. This data node alone can support even large data sets without performance loss. You can scale by purchasing data nodes as your data grows.

  • Does Datacosa support Azure Data Lake Storage?

    Yes. Datacosa supports ADLS Gen-1 and Gen-2 as a datasource.

  • I have a data warehouse system, Can I use Datacosa as a BI solution on top of it?

    Yes. Datacosa supports SQL based data warehouse systems like greenplum, exadata, teradata you can use online dashboards that issues querries right to the data warehouse system without pulling data to the Datacosa Data Node.

  • What is the online and offline modes for Datacosa Workspaces and what are the advantages/disadvantages?

    Datacosa workspaces, connect to Datasources either in oflline or in online mode. Data analysts can select the workspace connection mode while prepering data for the workspace. Online mode directly accesses the data source and execute online queries while offline mode pulls the data from the data source to high performance Datacosa Data Node (DDN). System then executes queries against DDN resulting in very fast queries and more interactive dashboards. If you already have a high performance data warehouse or you need instant data updates we recommend going for online mode. For any other scenario offline mode should be the preferred choice.

  • What is workspace data association?

    Workspace data association is a way to model your data for the workspace by easy drag and drop interface. The associated data model is used in the analysis for connecting the data sources and generating queries to extract information. Multiple data sources from different technologies (NoSQL, Big Data, Relational Database, Files, Services) can be associated with each other both online or offline mode to provide data for the analysis.

  • Can I use basic SQL to prepare data for a dashboard?

    Yes Datacosa provides an SQL editor to create SQL Datasource for analysis. This SQL editor can integrate heterogenous data sources. Imagine you are writing an SQL statement that joins Oracle, Excel, MongoDB and Hadoop. That's right, good old SQL without datasource limitation!

  • Does Datacosa support mobile devices?

    Datacosa has apps for Android and iOS based devices. You can download the Datacosa mobile application from the relevant stores. Furthermore, Datacosa dashboards are fully responsive, you can access, view and interact with them using the browser on your mıobile device.

  • Can I optimize my dashboards for mobile devices?

    Absolutely. You can arrange the design and style of the dashboard for mobile phones and tablets seperately and you can omit some widgets that are not useful for mobile view. For example a big pivot table is good for a browser but it is not suitable for mobile view. You can design how the dashboard will be viewed for different devices and Datacosa handles the rest. You do not need to come up with different dashboards for different devices, single dashboard multiple views, it is that simple

  • Is Datacosa a desktop application?

    No. Datacosa is web application and requires a server to run. This brings an enormous advantage for our customers that is freemium edition with dashboards sharing feature. All our competitiors provide a single desktop application free and when you want to share what you have prepared you have to pay. This is not the case for Datacosa. We beleive information is for sharing and provide a free edition with sharing feature.

  • Which browsers does Datacosa support?

    Datacosa supports latest versions of all modern browsers.

  • Can I save my dashboards in a document format?

    Yes. You can export a dashboard in powerpoint, word or PDF document formats

  • I have a portal or website, can I embed charts or dashboards from Datacosa?

    Yes. Datacosa provides a secure link by clicking on the link button on the dashboard or widget. You can embed this link into ypur website or portal to create dashboard or widget in it.

  • Can I embed Datacosa in my application? Is it hard to embed?

    Datacosa provides links, APIs and user syncronization to embed it in an application. Just follow the steps for embedding in the technical manual and you are good to go.

  • Can I send e-mails with dashboards in the attachment? Can I schedule sending them?

    Yes. You can also send widgets in the dashboards in the e-mail. You can schedule both widget or dashboard sending. Furthermore Cell Level Security is still active in mail sending and mails are sent according to the authorization level of the user. (E.g. a sales report can be sent to the EMEA director and APAC director containing only their regional sales data)

  • Can I set up alerts and get notification for data changes and what kind of alerts does Datacosa support?

    Yes. You can shedule alerts using thresholds and functions like difference from the avarage and get notified about anomalies. ML edition is coming soon!

  • What is Datacosa Ad-hoc Query Builder?

    Ad hoc query builder is a SQL Query Design tool that produces SQL to run in the target database. Datacosa Ad-hoc Query builder is a sohisticated web based tool that can create and run queries integrating different datasources having different technologies. Datacosa Ad-hoc query builder allows drag and drop sql function creating in an iterative manner.

  • How can I use Datacosa Ad-hoc Query Builder?

    Datacosa Ad-hoc Query Builder builds and runs the queries and shows, schedules or sends the query results. There are many situations where list based reports is enough like daily off time personnel list and it is valuable to schedulke and send this information to the interested parties. This where Datacosa ad-hoc query builder shines. And besides you can use this data as a data source for a dashboard.

  • What is web service data provider? How can I use it?

    Result data obtained as list from Datacosa Ad-hoc Query Builder can be shared as a web service by a single click. Just prepare your query execute and click share as a web service. Query builder can generate parametric reports and so parametric web services. These web services can be used for data communication between applications. And all communication is logged.

  • Is there a Dashboard level function Editor in Datacosa?

    Yes. Datacosa has an extensive dashboard level drag and drop function editor to drive calculated fields ar manipulate dashboard data.