Chartcube is a new app for iPad that helps anyone easily review, share, and discuss data. It doesn’t replace Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. Rather, it enhances them.
Most teams share data by pasting charts from Microsoft Excel into Microsoft PowerPoint slides, where a narrative can be added. This process makes it difficult to keep track of attachments, and creates a broken and unmanageable workflow.
With Chartcube, you can attach spreadsheets that are located on Dropbox, or available in email. The result is a combination of “some parts of Excel and some parts of PowerPoint,” according to the Chartcube team.
How Chartcube Works:
- Takes in data in Excel from Mail app or Dropbox (other data sources and cloud storage services will be added later)
- Creates all the permutations and combinations of the charts and organizes these charts in an intuitive and easily navigable “cube” interface
- Allows users to review the data very easily – by being able to flip through various charts, aggregating in different ways, ordering, filtering, etc.
- Allows users to add comments to charts and share with others
- Enables a discussion about the data and insights, much like the comments on a photo album in Facebook
According to Larry Maher, director at Kimberly-Clark:
Sharing insights via email across Excel and PowerPoint files is a cumbersome, fragmented, and frustrating experience. Chartcube allows me to consolidate the clutter into one sharable, interactive cube. It enables decisions to be made in hours instead of days.
Chartcube looks very interesting and could prove popular with businesses and organizations big and small. It also comes from former executives of McKinsey, eBay, Prezi and Evernote, and is backed with $4 million in Series A funding from Shasta Ventures. In other words, this app is backed by resources and know-how that should make it even better with time.