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Cube Dev, the corporate and core developer behind the open supply “analytical API platform” Cube.js, at the moment introduced it has raised $15.5 million in a collection A spherical of funding to carry its first business product to market.
“Massive knowledge” can supply companies a treasure trove of beneficial insights, as pooling knowledge from CRM, advertising and marketing, and buyer assist platforms unlocks client buying traits that might not be doable with separate knowledge silos. Attaining this may contain an “extract, load, remodel” (ELT) strategy, meshing knowledge ingestion and integration tools with cloud-based knowledge warehouses corresponding to Snowflake or BigQuery to mildew the info into an ordinary format for simpler evaluation. However how do firms really leverage this knowledge to create inside enterprise intelligence dashboards or add analytics to present buyer purposes? That is the place Dice.js comes into play.
Let’s take an instance of a client finance app that enables its customers to dig down into their spending and transaction historical past by way of charts and graphs. In a proprietary world, the app developer may elect to license a chart interface from a enterprise intelligence (BI) vendor corresponding to Looker or Tableau. However with a per-user pricing mannequin, issues can begin to get fairly costly at scale, whereas restricted customization choices could make the design and format much less cogent and “on-brand.”
“Due to this, when an organization needs to construct an information analytics app, they sometimes undertake all the advanced steps required to entry, remodel, and serve knowledge from their cloud knowledge warehouse into their entrance finish,” Dice Dev cofounder and CEO Artyom Keydunov informed VentureBeat.
“Headless abstraction layer”
In a nutshell, Dice.js serves builders the backend infrastructure that connects their aggregated and remodeled knowledge to the end-user visualizations. It’s designed to bypass many technical limitations — corresponding to SQL era, caching, API design, question orchestration and acceleration, safety, and extra — by positioning itself as a “headless abstraction layer” between the info warehouses and utility.
“Dice.js replaces a number of guide steps that builders must take whatever the distributors of their stack,” Keydunov mentioned. “We incessantly confer with Dice because the ‘API layer’ between the warehouse and the applying.”
Dice.js ships with app templates for constructing a dashboard utility on prime of an information warehouse, utilizing varied open supply libraries and instruments.
After which there’s the Dice.js developer playground, a web-based device for producing and viewing knowledge schema, constructing and executing queries in opposition to an information warehouse, and plotting the outcomes.
Briefly, Dice.js helps firms “translate huge knowledge” into data-powered purposes by taking plenty of the spadework out of the info engineering course of whereas giving builders extra design and improvement flexibility.
“Corporations have already used the open supply Dice.js library to construct purposes on prime of knowledge from cloud knowledge warehouses like BigQuery and Snowflake as a result of it saves them months’ price of time versus constructing their very own semantic and caching layers on prime of a giant knowledge retailer,” Keydunov defined.
To additional develop and commercialize the Dice.js open supply mission, Dice Dev is utilizing its contemporary capital to develop a cloud-hosed SaaS version of Dice.js together with “choose clients.” This may function a “absolutely managed API layer” for constructing knowledge apps on any cloud. Keydunov mentioned he expects to launch Dice Cloud later in 2021 however wasn’t at liberty to share many extra particulars in regards to the product.
The story thus far
Dice.js’ origins could be traced again to 2016, when Keydunov and cofounder Pavel Tiunov have been engaged on a earlier enterprise intelligence startup referred to as Statsbot. Within the intervening years, the duo noticed sufficient developer demand for Dice.js to launch it beneath an open supply license in 2019, and it has since garnered customers from main firms, together with IBM, PayPal, Intuit, and F5. Primarily based on this traction, Keydunov and Tiunov elected to transition their full focus to Dice Dev final summer time.
Dice Dev’s collection A spherical was led by Decibel, with participation from Bain Capital Ventures, Betaworks, and Eniac Ventures. The corporate had beforehand raised $6.2 million via a seed round of funding final September.
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