StatsMix has been acquired!
TL;DR: StatsMix has been acquired. All data and accounts will continue to function fully. Signups are open. We (the team @ copper.io) will be supporting, and extending, the product from now on. And we’re really excited about working with StatsMix customers!
We’ll keep this short for now – but very soon we’ll fill you in on the vision we have for StatsMix. At Copper Cloud we are building out a full-stack Cloud ops toolset; and we loved StatsMix, so we are delighted to announce that StatsMix is now part of Copper Cloud!
What this means for you: All existing users plans will continue to be supported. Any news users – welcome aboard – signup is open….!
Why did we do this: *Intelligent* Dashboards are the holy-grail of IT. In the Cloud we’ve seen the average user have between 10 and 20 point tools all generating different metrics and data sets. StatsMix helps – through its fantastic API and many integrations – to present this data in a meaningful way through a customizable visual interface.
What’s next: You tell us! We’ll be sending a link out to existing users to complete a survey to help us understand what we’re doing well and not so well, and we’d really like to hear from you – any feedback, feature requests or support issues.
In the mean time – happy dashboarding – and anything we can do to help just email me email@example.com
Three and half years ago, StatsMix set out to solve problems around tracking important metrics across different systems. With the support of TechStars and the local Boulder startup community, we’ve had an amazing journey building and running StatsMix.
Unfortunately, due to a variety of circumstances, the business isn’t sustainable and we’re unable to continue running the service. Our best course of action for everyone involved is to shut down.
On March 31 at 5pm MST, we’ll be closing StatsMix by shutting down the servers and deleting the data. Effective immediately, the service is unavailable to new customers.
If you’re a current customer, you’ll have two months to make alternative plans. We realize this will be difficult for many of you, but we’ll be available to help in any reasonable way we can. If you’d like a full backup of your data, just let us know. Also, we’re happy to discuss alternatives in the market based on your business needs. Again, just reply to this email and we can setup a time to chat.
Finally, we’re extremely grateful to all our customers and everyone who has supported us. We truly hope to work with you all again at some point in the future.
Co-founder and CEO
Note: This is the email we sent this morning to all our registered StatsMix customers. If have questions, feel free to reply here or to the email you should have in your inbox.
With elections come the inevitable barrage of political advertisements. While most Americans are grateful for the end of the aggressive election season, businesses can learn an important lesson from campaigns – the value of metrics.
Across the political spectrum, campaign managers are mavens of metrics, tracking multiple indicators and data sources to drive decision-making. Stump speech and rally locations, advertising content and air-time, candidate dress code and posture, word choice, running mate selection; these are all examples of carefully calculated campaign tactics.
The uniqueness of campaign metrics comes from source diversification. Business metrics are often cherry-picked or focused internally, on the business or the market. Campaign managers know that internally collected metrics are only a segment of the big picture. Data overlay with survey-based polling, qualitative media coding, socio-economic indicators, historical trends, and other external sources help complete the picture. While it may sound like data overload, there is value in this out-of-the-box thinking, especially when such data is highly relevant to the business of campaigning.
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One of our goals at StatsMix is to make it as easy as possible to manage metrics from any source. From our automated service connectors (Google Analytics, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) to our API to uploading CSV files, we’re working hard to make sure you can easily monitor all your metrics on dashboards.
So we’re excited to announce a set of features that will allow customers to easily create and manage metrics using the popular file storage and management services they already rely on and use daily: Box and Dropbox.
StatsMix now allows customers to connect their Box and/or Dropbox account and automatically import CSV files to create custom metrics that can be added to dashboards.
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It may be true that knowledge is power, but if that knowledge comes in the form of too much data it can lead to information overload. Business metrics are invaluable tools, but it’s important to focus on the most relevant data. Your goals should help you determine what metrics are most relevant to your business.
For sales focused businesses, you need to analyze your data in terms of your overall sales plan. Common questions might include identifying factors that are driving sales performance or determining which sales tactics are most effective. Once you’ve identified the right questions, analyze your data in terms of your business goals. For example, key metrics for monitoring new customer purchase goals might include your average sales and units per order, number of lost customers, number of new customers, new product sales, number of orders, and units delivered. You would then analyze this data in terms of variables such as geographic region, market segments, product lines, sales channels, and sales teams. This information should help you identify if you’re reaching sales goals and what strategies are proving most effective in helping you reach those goals.
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This tutorial is a little “inside baseball,” but the use case is generalizable beyond the specific implementation, so we thought we’d share it with you.
StatsMix is a partner in Heroku’s Add-on program. In a nutshell, Heroku customers can try StatsMix in their runtime environment with just a couple of clicks. They’ve been offering this capability for about two years and StatsMix joined almost exactly one year ago.
Since then a number of other companies have rolled out similar programs. So far we’ve integrated with Engine Yard, AppHarbor, and AppFog, and we expect to partner with many more over the next 12-18 months.
One smart thing these companies did was mimic the Heroku add-on API. This makes it easier for companies like StatsMix to “plug in” to their architecture without needing to write a bunch of new code.
Here’s how we do it in Ruby on Rails.
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