Plotly: Augmenting Python Coding with Data Visualization

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Chris Parmer, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer
Businesses across the globe opt for Python analytics owing to its flexibility, simplicity, and readability over traditional systems such as Excel and Power BI. But Python coders often lack sophisticated web and software development skills that inhibit companies from leveraging the real value of data, requiring them to rely on expensive full-stack development resources. To mitigate these challenges, businesses need an enterprisegrade data visualization platform that can provide data visualization in real time.

A company that identified and addressed this need is Plotly—a prominent data science and AI company that takes data science out of the lab and into the business environment. When Plotly began in 2013, Python was taking over the world, and the demand for Python-driven analytics was accelerating across industries. Identifying this need, Plotly has set itself on a mission to provide the Python community with an enterprise-grade data visualization platform.

Today, Plotly is widely recognized in the market for Dash Enterprise, a novel platform that enables the conversion of Python scripts into production-grade apps in a completely self-service way. It radically simplifies the application development and deployment process by allowing data scientists and domain experts to build and deploy data apps, visualizations, and interactive analytics with Python in an enterprise environment.

As a category-defining technology, Dash Enterprise excels in bridging the gap between the low-code, business intelligence (BI), and data science markets. It provides Python users with control over their data to deliver customer-facing dashboards, reports, and web-based applications that display data in real time. “Data scientists, engineers, and analysts use Python and Dash Enterprise as a low-code development environment to build applications in a few hours without full-stack development resources,” says Jim McIntosh, the Executive Chairperson at Plotly.

Plotly’s Dash Enterprise allows for easy deployment, scaling, and authentication, enabling clients to embed web-based applications to any browser for easy access and data consumption by anyone with appropriate enterprise credentials. Companies can deploy this highly flexible platform on the cloud, on-premises, or in air-gapped network environments.
Applications built and deployed with Dash Enterprise draw on the open-source Plotly Graphing Libraries’ wide range of unique capabilities. This includes accommodating highly technical, scientific, and domain-specific visualization scenarios such as 3D plotting and mapping for subsurface geological modeling, computational fluid dynamics, and chart types specific to machine learning and AI. These apps are production-ready and can be integrated with an IT organization’s Single Sign-On (SSO), infrastructure, and monitoring capabilities.

“Dash Enterprise is currently used by over 20 Fortune 500 companies, across many different industries including banking, pharmaceuticals, energy, utilities, healthcare, and government,” says McIntosh. The company recently worked with a leading North American public utility with over 6,000 employees managing its power network operations. The client couldn't keep up with their customer requests, including downed wires and power outages.

Dash Enterprise allowed the client to explore and quantify data visually. They identified that over 90% of the department's work orders were consistently backlogged. Based on this data, they built a web-based application that allowed managers to gain data views by technician, location, number of orders, and job type. Several technicians, managers, and engineers regularly used the application to deploy the right person to the right jobs and ensure that no one was over or underworked.

Within one year, Dash Enterprise enabled the public utility company to reduce its overdue rate of work orders from 90% to 3%, reducing customer complaints by 10 times and saving several hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.


Data scientists, engineers, and analysts use Python and Dash Enterprise as a low-code development environment to build applications in a few hours without full-stack development resources.


Going forward, Plotly will continue to enhance its capabilities to address enterprises’ Python analytics and visualization needs of the future. The innovation labs at Plotly are busy working on facilitating Dash Enterprise's integration with clients' existing platforms such as Databricks, Snowflake, Google BigQuery, DataRobot, and Domino Data Lab.

Company
Plotly

Headquarters
Montreal, QC

Management
Chris Parmer, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer

Description
Plotly is widely recognized in the market for Dash Enterprise, a novel platform that enables the conversion of Python scripts into production-grade apps in a completely self-service way. It radically simplifies the application development and deployment process by allowing data scientists and domain experts to build and deploy data apps, visualizations, and interactive analytics with Python in an enterprise environment. As a category-defining technology, Dash Enterprise excels in bridging the gap between the low-code, business intelligence (BI), and data science markets. It provides Python users with control over their data to deliver customer-facing dashboards, reports, and web-based applications that display data in real time.

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