There’s a great deal of admiration and a hint of jealousy when we look at Panic Software. They have a stunning office in Portland, a suite of brilliant Mac products such as Transmit and Coda, and manage to find the time to build a custom status board for their office.
Metrics are important for any business, but are so often presented badly or spread across multiple systems and processes - Panic have found a neat solution to this, but not all businesses have the time or skills to create custom apps like this. Now, thanks to Geckoboard, the solution may be within reach.
Currently in beta, Geckoboard is a web-based dashboard that hooks into an already impressive range of APIs. We’re heavy users of Zendesk, Basecamp & Highrise, use Google Analytics for our websites and converse with the world via Twitter. Geckoboard works with all of these tools, and have plans to add more in the future.
First impressions are great - setting up your accounts is easy, the data is displayed in an attractive and useful way, and the UI is slick. Given the fact that they’re only a few days into public testing we’re forgiving of the very few bugs we’ve found so far, and can see a lot of potential.
We’d like to see a few more detailed configuration options within the widgets, and the ability to add our own branding and colour scheme to the page, but no doubt this will come.
Paul Joyce from Geckoboard has very kindly provided exclusive invitation code for 20 readers of this blog - signup here with the invitation code ‘PEBBLEIT’ to get access to the beta right away. Enjoy!