Practicum.com Replaces Metabase & Builds Powerful BI With DoubleCloud

Summary

  • Practicum.com is an online learning platform that offers coding bootcamps and has a strong track record of success with 87% of students finding employment within 180 days.
  • Practicum initially used the Metabase platform for their business intelligence (BI) needs but encountered significant limitations.
  • Practicum needed a new BI solution that allowed for calculated fields, hierarchies, multi-tab dashboards and provided a wide range of visualization options without requiring dev time and that could visualize data directly from their PostgreSQL database.
  • DoubleCloud’s free visualization tool proved to be the ideal solution for Practicum’s BI needs, it is serverless and provides critical insights for the company’s product, sales, and marketing teams.

Introduction to Practicum:

Practicum.com is a premier online learning platform that offers comprehensive coding bootcamps for aspiring professionals in the fields of data analytics, data science, software engineering, and quality assurance. The company has a strong track record of success, with 87% of their students finding employment within 180 days of completing the course and a median starting salary of $78,500. In the unlikely event that a student is unable to secure employment within six months, Practicum offers a full refund for the course.

The Challenge:

Practicum initially utilized the Metabase platform for their business intelligence (BI) needs but eventually encountered significant limitations with this solution. Specifically, Practicum found that the visualization options in Metabase were insufficient and required extensive coding efforts to create usable charts (SQL), with various filters needing to be added in the code base

Practicum required a BI solution that allowed for the creation of calculated fields and hierarchies, offered multi-tab dashboards, and provided a wide range of visualization options, all without requiring dev time.

Furthermore, the solution needed to be able to visualize data directly from Practicum’s main database, which is PostgreSQL.

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The Solution and Its Benefits:

DoubleCloud’s free visualization tool proved to be the ideal solution for Practicum’s BI needs. The platform allowed for the creation of calculated fields and hierarchies, offered multi-tab dashboards, and provided a wide range of visualization options, all without requiring dev time. In addition, DoubleCloud’s platform enabled Practicum to connect directly to their PostgreSQL database and handle large amounts of data, with approximately 1GB of incoming and 10GB of outcoming transactions per day.

Today over 100 users across the globe have access to up to 30 dashboards. These dashboards are serverless, which is a huge benefit to SREs of Practicum.

The dashboards provide critical insights and allow Practicum product, sales, and marketing teams to make fast operational decisions based on business-critical product and usage metrics.

We found DoubleCloud’s Visualization is the best BI solution on the market in terms of price and quality.
Julia Belkina,
Head of Analytics at Practicum.com