The next chapter of Gyana

David Kell

14 September, 20214 minutes

Gyana 2.0 is live!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. To the team, to our shareholders, and most of all our customers.

In particular, if you used our 1.0 version, or test drove our 2.0, your insights were the driving force behind development. Sincerely, we could not have done it without you.

The decision to essentially re-build our product was not an easy one. In tech folklore, it’s the kind of thing you’re told you should never do. But we knew it was the right one, and all the downsides (supporting two products) would be worth it.

I hope when you do get chance to use the latest Gyana, you’ll understand why we did it. On that note:

  • If you’re already a customer, you’ll receive an email with access today. You’ll have three months to transition from Gyana 1.0. Read more about migrating here.
  • For everyone else - we’ll be rolling out public access to Gyana in the next couple of months.

For the remainder of this blog post, I’m going to answering the question that we hear a lot - what exactly is Gyana?.

I’ll share three answers, from the practical, to the philosophical. You can choose the one that resonates with you. Let’s go!

Gyana is a no-code X tool

It’s natural to compare Gyana to existing tools that you’ve used in the past. But we hear different comparisons depending on your background.

If you’re used to building reports in DataStudio or PowerBI, then for you Gyana is a no-code BI tool. You’ll appreciate the fact that Gyana connects to all your data sources without any add-ons, and you can calculate key metrics without spreadsheets.

If you spend your time building workflows in Alteryx or Domo, then for you Gyana is a no-code data analytics tool. You’ll appreciate the affordable price point, collaboration features, live data sources and fluid UI.

If you live inside Jupyter notebooks or R studio, then for you Gyana is a no-code data science tool. You’ll appreciate the cleaning, preparation, modelling and feature engineering and visualisation features.

You can probably see where I’m going here. It’s like the story of the blind men and the elephant. All of these are true, but what brings them all together?

Gyana is data infrastructure

Infrastructure is the foundation that keeps our organisations and societies functioning.

When infrastructure works, it’s invisible and we don’t think about all the complexity. When it fails, it’s painfully obvious and holds back innovation.

Unfortunately, data infrastructure today is in the latter category. Data infrastructure is DIY, and every company has to solve it themselves.

Your only options are to hire a data engineering team and spending $$$ on cloud, or duct-tape web apps, spreadsheets and BI tools together.

And when you spend your days worrying about your data infrastructure falling apart, there’s no mental space to build on top of it.

That’s where Gyana comes in. Gyana is your data infrastructure. You no longer have to think about “BI tools” or “integration tools”. You just think about your data and what you need from it (Insights? Answers? Extracts?), and there’s a way to do it in Gyana.

That’s our vision and where we see the direction of our platform - to build the world’s best data stack and wrap it in a no-code box at an affordable price.

But there’s on level deeper I want to go. This is going to get philosophical. You have been warned…

Gyana is knowledge

Literally. The word Gyana is the Sanskrit word for knowledge (side note: not the South American country Guyana).

The world is full of knowledge gatekeepers. Whether we’re talking about the government or your IT department, it’s human nature to use (and abuse) that power.

We believe in the freedom to find things out yourself. And that means using data, with the tools to turn that data into answers.

Towards this goal, we’ll be announcing special plans for students, academics, not-for-profits and citizen data scientists. More on this soon.

And now, onwards

You read this far! Thank you, we appreciate it. If you have any comments, I’d love to hear them.

What comes next? As you’d expect:

  • Improvements and bugs, rinse and repeat
  • Loads of great content and templates
  • New capabilities - like predictive analytics and reverse-ETL

Keep an eye on this blog for updates. We can’t wait to see what you create!

❤️ The Gyana Team