One year ago, we began building Sancho Analytics as a useful way to help professionals retrieve their key metrics real-time. Watching Sancho grow into what it is today has been an unbelievable experience. As we've added features and capabilities, Sancho has evolved into much more than an app that spits out numbers.
It's been a rollercoaster of a year -- both product-wise and in real life. And in honor (or rejoice) of 2020 coming to a close, we are looking back at some of the most important and exciting moments along the way.
Sancho Analytics was born in the COVID-19 pandemic. By early March we witnessed the product pick up momentum and existing clients began to inquire on when it would be ready to use. This is a time when we were all obsessively washing hands, and there were only 40 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of New York.
To test the apps functions and also provide pilot users with useful information, we created a workgroup centered around COVID-19 statistics. Johns Hopkins University had launched its popular COVID-19 map a few months prior and we saw their exhaustive data sets and by the minute updates as the perfect data source. We also began to send out daily insights covering topics like vaccination updates and airport closures. Today, every new user by default is added to the COVID-19 workgroup.
Throughout the year we have been fortunate enough to receive a tremendous amount of feedback on the app. A lot of this feedback has been about how users like to visualize their data. So we decided to put a big emphasis on charts.
Sancho now has fully interactive charts where users can zoom, tap to get a tooltip, choose different variables to display, and more. Charts hold so much power because a lot of the time a simple graph does not adequately demonstrate important relationships or patterns between data points.
The features and capabilities that we keep adding every month may seem minor individually, but together they are what makes Sancho an analytics app. We started the year with Sancho giving users information they ask to see, and it still does that, but now Sancho gives users information that they may not have asked for but they need to see. Heading into the new year, we'll keep building tools that help you get your data.
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