FusionCharts

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FusionCharts
Type Private
Industry data visualization
Founded 2003
Founders Pallav Nadhani
Headquarters Kolkata, Bangalore, India
Area served Worldwide
Revenue Increase US$ 4.5 million (2011)[1][2]
Website www.fusioncharts.com

FusionCharts, part of InfoSoft Global (P) Ltd, is privately held software provider of data visualization products (JavaScript Charts, Maps, Widgets and Dashboards) with offices in Bangalore and Kolkata, India. The company's flagship product and namesake, FusionCharts Suite XT, is used by over 80% of Fortune 500 companies. FusionCharts has 23,000 customers and 500,000 users in 120 countries, including technology giants such as Apple, Google, ZOHO, Cisco, Facebook, Intel, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, EMC, Nokia, Tibco, as well as The Weather Channel, NASA, and the Federal Government of the United States.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

A 100% bootstrapped company, FusionCharts has earned a 2010-11 revenue of $4.5 million[1][2] and has clocked revenues of up to $7 million, or Rs 39 crore.[3][13]

History[edit]

The idea behind FusionCharts was born in 2001 when 16-year old Pallav Nadhani found himself dissatisfied with Microsoft Excel's charting capabilities while using the program to complete high school class assignments. Nadhani subsequently authored an article on Wrox Press's ASPToday.com technology website which examined the thesis that Macromedia Flash, then used mainly for web banners and pop-up ad, could be used to build an interactive charting solution for business applications such as dashboards and reports. The article earned him $1,500 and feedback from developers, which together acted as seed money and motivation for establishing the FusionCharts concept.[1][2][4][5][6][8][9][14][15]

In 2002 at 17, Nadhani founded Infosoft Global. The initial product had 6 charts and was built using ActionScript. Nadhani worked alone developing the product, website, documents, sales and marketing and customer support for the first three years. As the company began to take off in 2005, he acquired office space in Bangur and hired 20 employees over the following 2–3 years. The venture grew during this period without raising external funding by bootstrapping.[9]

By 2009, the company had moved to Salt Lake City, Kolkata, and had grown to over 50 employees. Since arriving in Salt Lake, the staff has expanded by 250 percent of its original size, and in 2011 FusionCharts opened their second office in Bangalore.[9]

FusionCharts' client list, with customers across 118 countries and numerous business sectors, has drawn significant attention to the company. The company was placed squarely on the global platform following its 2010 selection by US President Barack Obama to design the digital dashboards for the federal administration, the Federal IT Dashboard. FusionCharts was the first Indian startup to gain the attention of the Obama administration.[1][2][5][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

Co-founder Pallav Nadhani is the CEO of FusionCharts and also runs a seed funding venture capital fund named Seeders Inc.[16]

Achievements[edit]

In 2009, the company was included in the NASSCOM EMERGE 50 Leaders for 2009 due to its success in establishing its data visualization software globally.[1][8] In the same year it was also awarded the Deloitte Technology Fast50 India award in 2009.[1][17][18]

FusionCharts was in 2010 named as one of the 15 companies likely to become the next Infosys.[11]

The chart-gadget within Google Docs is powered by FusionCharts. Internally, Google employees also employ FusionCharts software for reporting.[4] FusionCharts says that it powers over one billion charts every month globally.[2][4][5][6][8]

Future[edit]

The company has released Collabion, a charting solution specifically made for use with Microsoft SharePoint. It is also working on oomfo, a charting add-in exclusively for Microsoft PowerPoint.[6][19] oomfo is built in Microsoft VB6 and the charts are rendered using Adobe Flash.[20]

Marketing[edit]

Since its founding in 2003, FusionCharts has put together an almost completely online network of international resellers serving places like Korea, Brazil, China and the United States.[1][8]

The company has also made use of search engine optimization and pay per click marketing, and engages users and developers by composing articles, whitepapers, and case studies on the subject of data visualization in various online publications.

FusionCharts also engages in careful advertising in both online and print developer magazines in key markets such as the US, Europe and Korea. The company is increasing its social media marketing and is emphasizing push–pull marketing strategy.[1][8]

Another aspect of marketing is a simple licensing framework as well as a FOSS version of its FusionCharts product that serves over 100,000 users.[1][8]

FusionCharts is typically targeted to developers who wish to integrate interactive charts in their reports, dashboards, analytics, monitors, and surveys.[4]

90+ Interactive Charts and 960+ Maps

Products[edit]

Pallav Nadhani's original ASPToday.com article called for creating a charting library using Flash, combined with ASP to power it with data. Developers responded positively and shared ideas on how to increase its power and functionality. Subsequently, Pallav coded this idea into a charting application, which led to the birth of the FusionCharts software.[4]

FusionCharts has since transitioned to use JavaScript, SVG and VML to render charts, widgets and maps. This allows its components to be used on all mobile devices and cross-platform browsers. It does allow for optional rendering using Flash. FusionCharts Suite XT can today be used with any web scripting language to deliver interactive and powerful charts. Using XML and JSON as its data interfaces, FusionCharts Suite XT makes full use of HTML 5 technologies to create compact, interactive, and visually-arresting charts.[1][2][8][14][21]

FusionCharts Suite XT[edit]

FusionCharts Suite XT
Original author(s) Pallav Nadhani
Developer(s) Pallav Nadhani
Initial release 2002 (2002)
Stable release 3.5.0 / November 6, 2014 (2014-11-06)
Development status Active
Written in JavaScript, jQuery, SVG, VML & ActionScript
Size 553 KB
Type JavaScript library
License commercial
Website www.fusioncharts.com/tour/

FusionCharts Suite XT is the industry's most comprehensive JavaScript charting solution for web & mobile. The software package is powered by technologies including JavaScript, SVG, VML, Adobe Flash (ActionScript 3.0), XML and JSON.

FusionCharts Suite XT comprises

  • FusionCharts XT, the flagship product of the FusionCharts Suite XT
  • FusionWidgets XT, a product consisting of data visualization components best suited for executive dashboards and plotting key performance indicators
  • FusionMaps XT, a collection of over 960 data-driven vector-based maps
  • PowerCharts XT, a set of advanced charting tools for domain-specific uses
  • FusionCharts Plugins and Wrappers which assists in various scenarios of quick deployment

FusionCharts Suite XT features cross-browser compatibility, including mobile browsers, JavaScript and Flash chart rendering, a comprehensive solution consisting of 90+ charts and 960+ maps, real-time data updates, chart exports into JPEG, PNG, PDF formats, chart data exports in XML, JSON and CSV, as well as drill-down capabilities, interactive zooming & scrolling.[22][23] The software suite also integrates with PHP, ASP.NET (C#), ASP.NET (VB), J2EE, ColdFusion, Ruby on Rails.

Co-founder Pallav Nadhani came up with the name "FusionCharts" because the product was a fusion of two disparate technologies, XML and Flash.[2]

oomfo[edit]

oomfo is a beta charting add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint which provides a user interface allowing creation of FusionCharts Suite charts within PowerPoint. The charts created by oomfo are rendered in Flash. oomfo can pull in live real-time data from remote sources.[24] oomfo is currently in beta. oomfo has been highlighted by the media as one of the ways using which presentations can be made better.[19][20]

Collabion[edit]

Collabion Charts for Sharepoint version 1.1 helps Sharepoint users create dashboards without programming. Collabion Charts provides a user interface for customizing all aspects of the charts. It can source data from Sharepoint Lists, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Database, CSV files and Business Data Catalog. It renders charts in JavaScript and Flash. It provides filtering and grouping options for the provided data.[25]

Book[edit]

British book publisher Packt UK has released a guidebook aimed at helping new users learn the basics of the FusionCharts Suite XT.[6][14][21][26][27]

Competition[edit]

Currently the data visualisation market is boosting and new competitors are constantly coming in. The major FusionCharts competitors as well as key players in the market curretly are IBM, Oracle, Panorama. In addition, there are other smaller, but still competitive and growing data visualisation service proveiders, such as AmCharts, LucidChart, ZingChart as well as HighCharts and Qlik.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "FusionCharts". Times of India. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Andrew Warner (Dec 13, 2010). "FusionCharts: Bootstrapped And (Very) Profitable Charting Company". Mixergy. 
  3. ^ a b Sramana Mitra (01.08.10). "India's Rising Tech Stars". Forbes Magazine.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ a b c d e f Willis Wee (June 22, 2011). "FusionCharts: From Start-up To Serving Google, LinkedIn, and Barack Obama". Tech in Asia. 
  5. ^ a b c d Willis Wee (June 27, 2011). "Becoming a CEO and Founder at Age 17". Tech in Asia. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Willis Wee (May 14, 2012). "FusionCharts Powers 1 Billion Charts A Month, Launches Beginners Guide". Tech in Asia. 
  7. ^ a b Wadhwa, Vivek (November 30, 2011). "Why Silicon Valley Should Fear India". Washington Post. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Charting a growth story – Featuring EMERGE 50 Leader company (InfoSoft Global)". NASSCOM. Oct 16, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Titash Roy Choudhury (Jul 3, 2012). "How Pallav Nadhani charts global fame with FusionCharts Technologies". The Economic Times. 
  10. ^ a b "Who uses FusionCharts". 
  11. ^ a b c Archana Rai & Pankaj Mishra (Mar 29, 2010). "Indian technoholics give the world a new high". The Economic Times. 
  12. ^ a b Padmini Copparapu (Oct 11, 2010). "Obama and team rely on made-in-India software". The Economic Times. 
  13. ^ a b Peerzada Abrar (Jun 6, 2012). "Power of ideas 2012: Start-up InterviewStreet wins US government order to build tech platform". Times of India. 
  14. ^ a b c d Ashish Sinha. "Congratulations FusionCharts for the book written on the product Product Success Story from India". 
  15. ^ Sramana Mitra (July 31, 2012). "Bootstrapping a Global $7M Software Company from Kolkata, India". Small Business Trends. 
  16. ^ "Seeders Inc.". 
  17. ^ "Deloitte Technology Fast 50 India 2009". 
  18. ^ "Deloitte Technology Fast 50 India". 
  19. ^ a b Arun Katiyar (Dec 13, 2011). "Six ways you can spice up your presentation". Mint & Wall Street Journal. 
  20. ^ a b Ashish Sinha. "Bring Interactive Charts to PowerPoint Presentations With oomfo". 
  21. ^ a b "Go from nothing to delightful reports in your web applications quickly using Packt’s FusionCharts Suite book". RedOrbit.com. June 8, 2012. 
  22. ^ LinkedCharts for easy drill-down
  23. ^ Events, Macros & Theme Manager
  24. ^ "Real-time Google Analytics data in PowerPoint using oomfo". ; "Real-time SalesForce data in PowerPoint using oomfo". ; "Real-time Twitter Analytics data in PowerPoint using oomfo". 
  25. ^ FusionCharts with Sharepoint
  26. ^ "FusionCharts Beginner’s Guide: The Official Guide for FusionCharts Suite". Packt. 
  27. ^ "FusionCharts". Safari Books Online. 
  28. ^ Free data visualization tool brings clarity to analytics

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