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Data Visualization

Why You Should Choose Apache Superset for Data Visualization

Every business involves data in some shape or form. As data volumes grow to a massive level, adequate management and analysis is crucial to extract accurate insights to make smarter business decisions. With robust data visualization, you can get the best results from your vast data sets quickly, and effectively. 

Apache Superset is a leading open-source software application that supports data visualization and data exploration for big data at a petabyte scale. An enterprise-ready business intelligence web application, Apache Superset is fast and intuitive. Lightweight and modern, it is easy to use and can generate a variety of visualization formats ranging from simple pie charts to complex geospatial charts.  

Superset ranked highest amongst other top Apache projects in 2021, as the only individual project with over 10,000 commits, attracting approximately 43,000 stars on GitHub. 

Trusted by experts worldwide, here are some of the top advantages of Apache Superset:

  1. Flexible 

Apache Superset is fully customizable and flexible, with a cloud-native setup. It lets you choose the web server, metadata database engine, message queue, results backend, and caching layer. Popular options are Gunicorn, Nginx, Apache, MySQL, Postgres, MariaDB, Redis, RabbitMQ, SQS, S3, and Memacached. It is compatible with services such as StatsD, NewRelic, and DataDog and its lightweight semantic layer can define custom metrics and dimensions.  

2. Easy to Use 

A major benefit of Apache Superset is its user-friendliness as it can be operated by users of varying skillsets. It has an intuitive interface and a wide array of visualizations with interactive dashboards. The code-free visualization builder can be used to extract and present datasets. There is an API for programmatic customization and custom visualization plugins can be added as needed. 

3. No License Fees 

An open-source software application, Apache Superset is available free of cost, with no licensing fees. As a free tool, it can be setup for unlimited users within your businesses, giving extended access at no additional cost. Although there are no license fees, investing in expert installation of Apache Superset is advisable. With custom installation, you can ensure the security of your data visualization system, and desired connectivity configurations.  

4. Rich Features 

There are many rich features supported by Apache Superset that make it a leading data visualization tool. It has an extensible security model that enables configuration of detailed rules on who can access which features and datasets. The Apache Superset has a world-class SQL IDE for the preparation of data for visualization, with a rich metadata browser and support for seamless in-memory asynchronous caching and queries. 

5. Data Democratization 

Low cost and easy to use, Apache Superset facilitates data democratization, bringing the benefits of data visualization to your entire team. With a cloud-native architecture designed to be highly available, it can be configured for large open environments and closed setups. Any authorized personnel in your business can access the Apache Superset tool and data visualizations previously created, thereby removing bottle-necks in business processes.  

6. Compatible with Most Databases  

With excellent compatibility, the Apache Superset tool can be easily integrated into any business setup. It comes with out-of-the-box support for most commonly used SQL-speaking databases and can run analytics workloads on most leading database technologies. It supports integration with major authentication backends such as database, OpenID, OAuth, LDAP, REMOTE_USER etc. Apache Superset connects with most modern cloud native databases for data exploration, visualization, and analysis. 

7. Fully Scalable 

Apache Superset is a fully scalable tool that grows with your business needs. The cloud-native architecture is designed for scalability from the ground up. It can be adapted to suit any type of network and data configurations, from selected laptops to a modest setup, and an enterprise-level network. There is no limit to scaling with Apache Superset, and with no licensing costs, you incur minimal expenses.  


Already running at scale in multiple companies, including Airbnb, Apache Superset is a capable and convenient tool for data visualization. Flexible, scalable, easy to use, and with no licensing fees, it facilitates data democratization and better use of data. It offers rich features and can be customized to suit the business needs. 

At Niograph, we offer customized data visualization and data intelligence services with Apache Superset. Our experienced team understands your needs, implements a suitable solution, and offers extended support. Data visualization can be used for corporate performance, finance, marketing and sales, and other desired functional areas.  

Reach out to us today to discuss your data visualization and data intelligence needs.  


Anish Bapna

Anish is the Founder and Managing Partner at Niograph. He currently leads Tech Consulting and System Implementation Services for Niograph. His expertise lies in architecting large scale Digital Transformation initiatives, with a focus on Cloud Computing, Data management, and Artificial Intelligence. Anish has a broad range of experience in Enterprise Portfolio Rationalization, Enterprise and Solution Architecture, Product Management, and Data Platform Engineering.

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