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CyberMonday: Continue The Great Discount For KoolReport Pro

Happy CyberMonday! On this special event of the year, we continue to offer 30% discount for any KoolReport Pro licenses . Better license term, all packages included, being back with Priority Support and Free Upgrade, KoolReport Pro is the best value. This promotion will last just ONE(1) day ONLY. SECURE IT NOW!

Cyber Monday

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Black Friday: 30% Discount For Any KoolReport Pro Licenses

GREAT NEWS!! You may save 30% when purchase any KoolReport Pro licenses on this Black Friday 2018. The promotion has been available, you may order now!

Black Friday 30% Discount For KoolReport Pro

We wish you have a great day!

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KoolReport 3.0.0

LET PARTY to celebrate this amazing 3.0.0 version of KoolReport. There are many more improvements in this version than any versions released before. One of the greatest enhancements is the ability to add theme to your report and work seamlessly with other PHP Frameworks.

Let party to Welcome to KoolReport 3.0.0

Stunning & stunning

We are often reminded that "Don't judge a book by its cover". Why's so? Is this because we tend to look at cover first to decide whether to read a book. In other words, the book with beautiful cover naturally catches our attention and more likely they will be read by us, won't it. The same with data report. Reading a data report will be less painful and more joyful if the report looks clean and beautiful. Koolreport may not help you to create interesting content (since it may depends on your creativity) but it surely will help you to create a beautiful one so that when look at it, people want to discover your report's content.

In this version, we would like to introduce the report theming capability. A theme when applied to your report will change the way widget rendering its contents together with color and even behaviors. As a result, your report will look very much better and will impress the viewers. You will love it, your boss will love it and your clients will love it.

We have released two basic themes Bootstrap 3 and Bootstrap 4 however more themes will come in near future. FYI, The reports in our new demos site uses theme called Amazing which will be available soon!

class MyReport extends \koolreport\KoolReport
{
    use \koolreport\amazing\Theme;
}

Seamless integration

We understand that nowadays barely is an PHP application built without a framework. From the beginning, we designed KoolReport to work inside any PHP Frameworks like Laravel, CodeIgniter or Symfony. In this version, the integration of KoolReport into other frameworks goes to new level in which you may even use KoolReport's widgets inside those frameworks without initiating a report.

For example, you may create ColumnChart in Laravel's view file simply like this:

<?php ColumnChart::create(array(
    "dataSource" => DB::table('orders')
                    ->select('department', DB::raw('SUM(price) as total_sales'))
                    ->groupBy('department')
                    ->havingRaw('SUM(price) > ?', [2500])
                    ->get()
));?>

Do you see that ColumnChart widget is able to receive Collection of Laravel Framework and use it as its data source. Also, the widget does not need any further settings to be rendered on Laravel's environment. KoolReport's widgets are able to work in CodeIgniter and other framework in the same ways. More information!

Release Notes

There are much more to say about this release but we only are able to highlight the most interesting parts here. If you are interested on more details, please read our KoolReport Version 3.0.0 Release Notes.

New Examples and Documentation

We have created a new look for our Examples and Demos. Not only new look is implemented but also 70+ more examples have been added for you to get started with.

Together with new examples, we have also upgraded our Documentation as well. We have been working very hard to write every details of the framework so that you can understand it deeper and use it better.

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Data Storytelling: The Future Essential Data Skills

Data storytelling will be a new exciting field in which science and art merge. And data become truly valuable only when they can drive our actions toward changes for better.

Data Storytelling

After your business has started collecting and gathering data from all sources, the next difficult step is to dig into those data and get the potential value of them. Your collected data is like a gold mine hidden deep down beneath the earth. The data analyst is like a gold miner digging into data to find valuable insights. But those insights can only become truly valuable if they can turn into actions or changes in your business. If those insights is not understood or does not look appealing to people, they are nothing more than pieces of metal. Google’s Chief Economist Dr. Hal R.Varian stated, "The ability to take data—to be able to understand it, to process it, to extract value from it, to visualize it, to communicate it—that’s going to be a hugely important skill in the next decades."

As data becomes increasingly ubiquitous, we have witnessed the hot trends of the jobs of data analysis and mining. LinkedIn recently reported that data analysis is consistently one of top 4 wanted skills in job description. But interestingly the last skill of transforming those data insights into actions is in less required although those top data analyst with advanced degrees in mathematics, economics, statistics struggle to communicate their insights to others effectively. Our ultimate goal is the change, we are getting close but still not reaching yet.

The demand of data storytelling skill will increase in the future. With the availability of self-service data tools, more and more people will be able to access the data insight by their own. As a result, more and more insights will be generated like never before. However, unless we enhanced the communication for those insights, we only see lower and lower conversion rate from insight-to-value. If people see those insight not appealing enough, change will never occurs. Data mean nothing!

Data Storytelling is a new term. Hearing the term, people normally think about the data visualization, info-graphics, dashboard, data presentation. Too often, people understand storytelling is just beautiful and clear charts and graphs. The truth is that data storytelling is a structured approach to communicate those insights, it involves combinations of three elements: data, visuals and narrative.

Three elements of storytelling: data, visuals and narrative

When we have data and narrative going along, we are explaining to our audience what is happening and maybe why. When data is coupled with visuals, we are enlightening the understanding of data. Seeing charts and graphs, we have have better feel of the trend. When visuals is applied to narratives, we are engaging our audience to the story. The effect is like we watch a good Hollywood movie. And with the combination of all three elements: data, visuals and narratives, we will explain, enlighten and engage our audiences. And by those actions, we may have the chance to drive our audiences to actions. That’s our ultimate goal.

The importance of data storytelling

Story has been going with us through the history. Our ancestors told us story of heros, our country emergence. Those story are passed from generation to generation and will be continued.

Today modern storytelling may be associated with TED for example and the analysis of the most 500 popular TED talks shows that storytelling made of 65% of their content. So we can see that storytelling is an effective way to convey ideas, thoughts and insights in the way that memorable, persuasive and engaging.

According to study, human decisions are often attached to emotion not logic. How many times we buy a thing because we want it and not because we need it? We buy a new phone to replace the last year model which is still working very well. So things that touch our emotion are the ones lead us to action. The data insights represented in numbers or charts and graphs touch us mostly in the logic layers but story touches us deeper in our emotion layers. That is the reason why story is much more effective in driving our actions by its power of memorability, persuasiveness and engagement.

Memorable: A study by Stanford professor Chip Heath (Made to Stick author) found 63% could remember stories, but only 5% could remember a single statistic. While 2.5 statistics were used on average in the exercise and only 10% of the participants incorporated a story, the stories are what caught people’s attention.

Persuasiveness: In another study, researchers tested two variations of a brochure for the Save the Children charity organization. The story-based version outperformed the info-graphic version by $2.38 to $1.14 in terms of per participant donations. Various statistics on the plight of African children were far less persuasive than the story of Rokia, a seven-year-old from Mali, Africa.

Engagement: Researchers also discovered people enter into a trance-like state, where they drop their intellectual guard and are less critical and skeptical. Rather than nitpicking over the details, the audience wants to see where the story leads them. As mathematician John Allen Paulos observed, “In listening to stories we tend to suspend disbelief in order to be entertained, whereas in evaluating statistics we generally have an opposite inclination to suspend belief in order not to be beguiled.”

Conclusion

Many great insights could be never be a gold if they are not fueled by a convincing story. Data storytelling will be a new exciting field in which science and art merge. And data become truly valuable only when they can drive our actions toward changes for better.

<3 koolreport team

Great News! Get 15% Discount For KoolReport Pro.

To celebrate the release of new version, we would like to offer 15% DISCOUNT For All KoolReport Pro Licenses. The promotion starts today and will last for a week until 26th July, 2018. Seize the chance!

Create execllent data reports with KoolReport Pro

KoolReport Pro

KoolReport Pro is an advanced solution to make data report or dynamic dashboard in PHP. Building on top of the core, KoolReport Pro is powered by various extended packages that make it features rich, capable of handling almost all reporting tasks such as data processing, data analysis, visualization, exporting and more.

Let Your Data Speak

Data visualization is one of the most important factors to make a successful report. Intuitive charts or graphs will let your data communicate. KoolReport Pro provides you many chart types to choose, from the basic ones like PieChart, BarChart, LineChart to the advanced ones like GeoChart, Histogram, GranttChart and more. Those charts are from the best chart libraries in the world which we can name some such as Google Charts, ChartJS or Morris, all are unified in the same settings so you can switch between them in a flash of second.

Data Processing Power

KoolReport Pro is able to deal with your complex data and ultimately turn them into useful information. You need to summarize data in pivot table? Need calculate statistics or perform regression? All can be done with KoolReport Pro.

Simple, Fast and Extensible

Designed to be simple and easy to use, KoolReport only take you 10 minutes to install the framework and create the first report. It is very fast and able to handle large amount of data. Furthermore with plug-and-play structures, KoolReport is designed with high stress on ability to scale and extend functionality.

Work Seamlessly With Other Frameworks

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

We want KoolReport to go far so we designed it since the beginning to work well with its big framework brothers such as Laravel, CodeIgniter, Symfony and others.

Why Should I Get KoolReport Pro?

Beside all great features of KoolReport Pro, you also get the following:

  1. Full Source Code for customization
  2. One(1) year of Priority Support from data and software experts
  3. One(1) year of Free Upgrade
  4. One(1) year to get new commercial packages free
  5. Right to distribute to unlimited clients
  6. 50% OFF when renewing license
  7. Fully refund if things go wrong

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Thank you very much and if you have any questions, feel free to reach us at support@koolreport.com.

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