Rolling out data visualization at scale via Grow
Thomas (TC) Riley | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 12, 2020

Rolling out data visualization at scale via Grow

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Grow.com

Grow is used by MarketScale for all data visualization requirements, specifically KPI dashboards. These are deployed for every department and business unit at MarketScale, in addition to having a dashboard for each of our clients. Grow allows us to easily build and maintain KPI dashboards from hundreds of data sources, while making it easy for less-technical users to build metrics.
  • Scalability.
  • White-labeled option.
  • Ease of use.
  • Increase integration count, instead of scaling back.
  • Better support on specific API issues.
  • Continue advancing full dashboard filtering/grouping abilities.
Grow doesn't have as many advanced analytics features and other capabilities as some other 'dashboard' platforms on the market. Simply, if you want a tool for internal use only that has high-level analytics capabilities (regressions, completely custom visualizations, modeling), Grow probably isn't the platform for you. To put it another way, if you have a team of data engineers and scientists doing complex analysis, Grow might not make the most sense.
However, if you understand the value of data/visualization/dashboards, but lack some of those skillsets in your company, Grow might be the perfect fit. Not only is it incredibly scalable and reasonably priced compared to other market solutions, but their transform capabilities really stand out. They have many native data transformations that mimic SQL coding of a dataset, without requiring any knowledge of SQL. They've converted these transformations to easy-to-use tools in the platform, which are perfect for the less-technical user.
Grow used to have a more extensive list of available native integrations, but has scaled back on those in the last year or so. However, the reason for this scale-back was simply a lack of reliability on the part of some of those integrations. While it isn't ideal to have less native integrations, I understand that the Grow only made this decision because the APIs of these decommissioned integrations weren't reliable. Luckily, we have never run into a situation that we couldn't get around with the help of an ETL Platform.
The only recommendation I have here would be Grow considering bringing an ETL platform in-tool (natively integrated and accessible) instead of us having to use an outside platform and push the results to Google Sheets/similar to get into Grow.
The sharing/collaboration capabilities of Grow are probably the single best feature with our use of the platform. Since we need the ability to distribute data/access to 150+ clients, in addition to internal stakeholders, with an added layer of various access/permission levels, we require a solution like Grow offers. With their unlimited user model, it is easy to add as many resources as we need to the platform, while also limiting/restricting their access and abilities accordingly. Grow also offers easy-to-use PDF exports, emailing of metrics and Slack integration, for seamless communication of your data.
Grow is an incredible tool for a business like us that requires hundreds of dashboards and thousands of users, each with specific and varying access requirements. Since we have ~150 client dashboards, each of those needs to be restricted with a 'View Only' permission for those specific client POCs. Similarly, we have ~50 internal dashboards that different employees/departments require access to, with varying levels of access.
Grow makes it incredibly easy to share a URL with our clients and have them easily access just their dashboard. Many other data visualization platforms have a per license payment structure, which just wouldn't work for us. With unlimited users from Grow, we are able to accomplish everything we need in terms of scalability.

Grow.com Feature Ratings

Customizable dashboards
8
Report Formatting Templates
7
Drill-down analysis
6
Formatting capabilities
6
Report sharing and collaboration
9
Publish to Web
9
Publish to PDF
10
Report Delivery Scheduling
10
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
8
Multi-User Support (named login)
10
Role-Based Security Model
10
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
10
Responsive Design for Web Access
8
Dedicated iOS Application
9
Dedicated Android Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
6
REST API
8