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Unlimited dashboard sharing explained

Vincent Babin
Senior Product Manager, SquaredUp

As a Senior Product Manager here at SquaredUp, I’d like to tell you more about how easy it is to share dashboards with anyone, as well as share some design decisions and explain the feature in more detail. 

The challenge to solve

When we set out to develop this feature, we incorporated feedback from our users. We knew how important it was for them to:

We faced several options and challenges: determining who can share dashboards, whether there is a limit to the number of people a dashboard can be shared with, ensuring secure sharing, and deciding if a user license is necessary. Above all, we aimed to enable our users to share a dashboard with minimal effort, requiring no more than a click or two. 

Recreating our ever-popular Open Access feature

For the past decade, our on-premise dashboard product has been utilized by thousands of companies. One popular feature, "Open Access," allowed users to share view-only dashboards with anyone without needing a paid user license. With a simple toggle, users could quickly display dashboards on office wall screens, provide greater visibility to stakeholders, and embed dashboards in tools like SharePoint and Confluence. These dashboards were truly open for anyone to view, with no limits on data sharing. 

We decided to keep it simple

So, we set out to tackle the challenge of enabling the same “Open Access” capability in SquaredUp. The licensing decision was straightforward: allow anyone with a paid user license to share any dashboard with unlimited users. All it takes is for someone with the rights to edit a dashboard to click "Share," enable sharing for the dashboard, and copy the link. That's it! The link can then be sent to colleagues, displayed on a wall screen, embedded in a portal, and more. 

Below is a screenshot of a shared dashboard.  

At first glance, a shared dashboard may seem like just a static snapshot. However, there is more to it than meets the eye.

Interactive shared dashboards

Users can interact with the tiles to:

This capability is excellent for sharing with stakeholders and for reporting purposes, without the need to set up new users or configure access rights. And it also renders well on most devices, whether it’s a desktop, tablet or smartphone. This flexibility ensures that stakeholders can access the information they need, no matter where they are. 

Flexible and secure access control

A shared dashboard link is public. We anticipated that this would not always be suitable for companies with stricter security requirements. We knew we needed to provide a level of authentication to ensure that dashboards and their data do not end up in the wrong hands. Thus, we introduced the “Sharing to anyone in my organization” feature. An administrator can enforce this sharing method by specifying one or more email domains allowed to view these shared dashboards, ensuring secure and appropriate access. 

When the dashboard authentication option is enforced, only links that require authentication can be generated. Consequently, previously shared dashboards that did not require authentication will no longer work. 

The recipient of the link simply authenticates using their company email, typically via Single Sign-On (SSO), to sign in. Importantly, this authentication process does not consume a paid user license. 

And that wraps up my brief behind-the-scenes write-up of our popular Sharing feature.

Create a free account to try SquaredUp for yourself. You can create an unlimited number of dashboards with 3 data sources on the free tier. The Sharing feature is only available at the Pro tier, starting at $35/month. More details on pricing and features here.

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Next up

In my upcoming blog post, I'll discuss our exciting notifications feature and how it helps users who can't afford to stare at a dashboard around the clock. Who wouldn't prefer to receive streamlined, real-time alerts instead?

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Vincent Babin
Senior Product Manager, SquaredUp