Introduction to Google Data Studio (GDS)
I guess you have done some research and not sure of how this Google Data Studio is the most happening and useful tool? This article takes you through the nuances of this tool and may help you understand in a better way. I am clear, you are at the right place to look and understand the latest perspective of Google’s Data Studio tool and you will take back something new after this going through this fully. Let’s not stagnate in the introduction, moving into it further!!
What is Google Data Studio?
Looking into the history of GDS in Cloud Services, technically it is launched in mid-2016 and later with a Beta version in 2018. Earlier, it was picked by many Analysts with the hype of tool and then later, with the fixation of the bugs and modifications done by Google, this has become one of most happening and recommended tools for Analyst as a free open source to go with. For beginners, this tool welcomes you to have a good understanding and exposure to report building. For all those who were already aware of this knowing this as an online reporting tool, there is something extra you need to know, i.e., it is of very few tools which provide advanced charts and a collaborative work nature where multiple analysts from different places can sit and work on the single Dashboard or Report having improvement history aside. Isn’t this sounding cool?
Why Should You Work on GDS?
You can work on many tools like Tableau and Power BI, etc., but the thing is that they all are premium, and Google’s Data Studio is for free, all it needs is logging in with Google’s credentials. Then, using GDS, one can perform many types of flexible Reports using charts, tables such as Time series, Pie charts, Line, Area and scatter charts. Also, this cloud tool has access to advanced charts to input Sunburst, Gantt, Radar and Gauge Charts which comes under community visualization, this adds more value for any dashboard.
These advanced charts will transform any complicated dataset and variables into an effective and simplest understanding Report. Learning and having these charts on report makes you a Professional Report builder and leads to build a meaningful and most beautiful Dashboards. Ideally, let’s see how a usual Report looks like having KPIs on top, charts on the second row, tables and trends beside each other on the bottom and this would make it an effective and comprehensive one. Same way, a proper color combination, and preferences according to end customers may become preferable to end-users.
Especially, if you are a Startup or freelancer, this is a best pocket-friendly tool to pull out the Analytics in the best form and deliver the same to your end customer would allow you to save budget and able to manage well in the Project. Believe it or not, there are more than 60% of Startups and Freelancers depend on this Google Data Studio to perform Reporting.
How does this GDS work?
We all know that Google is a cloud-based Product and Services provided are the same, where it needs the internet, of course like Google sheets, you can still access it offline. However, GDS works over the internet, click on
datastudio.google.com to see how it looks. Once you’re logged in, then Google suggests you to go through the template gallery where all the pre-defined reports are generated and kept for reference, this is a good way to start, especially for a beginner. Now, you may have an idea, what is what and how does this work.
If at all, you want to experiment by starting with a new report, click on a blank Report(+) and connect to your data source, either a local machine file (CSV, Excel) or online data source (AdWords, Google Analytics, etc.) and pull the dimensions (Date, Name) and measures (Clicks, Impressions) on the right side of the Report and drag the type of on you wish to see. Once you have figured out what needed, place all at one place side by side or top to the bottom. If you are working with your peers, provide them access clicking on the share. Together, you can comment on reports or chat over hangouts to communicate on how to work and finalize it? That’s it, you are good to go!!
Advantages of Working Over GDS
- Firstly, it’s FREE of cost and user-friendly.
- Pre-defined reports are given for a walkthrough and better understanding.
- Different data sources can be connected and merged easily.
- Unlike other tools, a simple drag and drop would create a chart.
- Buttons are simple and straight to the usage. No confusion about switching between the options.
- Most effective and beautiful charts can be generated over GDS. Using, advanced charts where complicated datasets would bring down results to the simplest understanding.
- Easily shared with peers to co-work. As we all know that collaborating and working together would give a fruitful result.
- Access can be defined while sharing, another person can or cannot modify upon your wish. I know, this gives you pride in working.
- Reports are completely secure over GDS, as there is password protected. Especially, when sharing with your end Customer.
It doesn’t take much effort to open and show to your Manager. Just like easy peasy, lemon squeezy!!
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Then what? Sign in today, give a shot by pulling the data from wherever dataset you wish and drag/draw the necessary charts to prepare a customized report. Is that simple!!
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