Roambi Analytics: Disappointing! Review

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This app looked so promising. But, the publisher is difficult to use and the support for auto-refresh, both for the $100/yr Pro version and the $40,000 enterprise version are just not sufficient whatsoever. The auto-refresh works with Excel files, but they MUST be hosted on Googledocs? What a ridiculous requirement! This one requirement has halted our company from being able to completely automate the process of refreshing the Roambi. And the enterprise version (not an option for small businesses at a STAGGERING $40k) is no better, as there is only one difference between Pro and Enterprise: Oracle support. However, I am still holding out hope that they will change, what with a recent injection of $30 million in venture capital.
vantage352 on Oct 2, 2011 for Roambi Analytics
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Beautiful! but useless :(
Update: Since it's been a while I thought I'd check back to see if Roambi has evolved. Here's an official snippet from Roambi documentation: "(Note: In order to give you the best possible user experience, the Roambi Publisher uses the Adobe Flash Player. Since the iPad/ iPhone/iPod Touch do not support Flash, you will NOT be able to access the Roambi Publisher from these devices." So according to Mellmo, using Flash Technology to facilitate uploads creates "the best possible user experience", i.e. ZERO ability to access to the Roambi Publisher from iOS. Wouldn't the ability to actually access the Roambi Publisher uploading mechanism be "the best possible user experience"? Original: It's hard finding a reason to not give a useless app any rating above one star, but in this case, Roambi's visualizations are pretty enough to give me a reason to bump it up from one star to two. Unfortunately this is where it all ends (unless maybe you're a SalesForce user?). Odds are good that I could successfully rebuild the transmission of a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum using only a cocktail straw and a bottle of ketchup, much more fast and readily than I can import a spreadsheet into Roambi. And I don't know the first thing about cars! Was hoping maybe I could use my Dropbox? Nope. How about plain old email? Nope. Oy. The Roambi site uses Flash which is almost always a complete bust. Talk about an unnecessary use for Flash, yikes! So basically, in the end I had fun perusing the sample files inside Roambi, but that's about it.
katzilla349 on Sep 10, 2011 for Roambi Analytics
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Gas fuel log
The current gas fuel log apps have no graphs for seeing trends... I wish Roambi would enter this graphing application arena.
geekmee on Sep 5, 2011 for Roambi Analytics
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I have to say who ever invented this app they did a fantastic job with the details and if you own or run a business then this app will help you stupendously and on top of that it's free!
This app dosent work on Aug 18, 2011 for Roambi Analytics
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Not there Yet
The concept of this app is great. I was going to purchase the pro version. But this app is not there yet. Spent lots of time trying to figure out how to display simple data via an Excel sheet and I could not. I end up converting the file in csv format. The charts are okay could be much better. Another thing, you can not display your Roambi on a VGA screen. For now until someone comes up with a better visualization app, I think Numbers is doing a pretty good job right now.
Ophichius on Jul 22, 2011 for Roambi Analytics
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Business owner
Awesome app
Btj80 on Jun 5, 2011 for Roambi Analytics
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