While the existing features of the platform that have been popular with
application developers will still be there, I am intrigued by this new direction. The idea of introducing a visual grammar and widgets to enable drag-and-drop analytics and visualization within the browser could fill a gap that’s really not been completely filled since the 2012 acquisition of GeoIQ. The market is ripe for a concise, tight online analytical platform that still enables open access to it underlying data an APIs.
The platform will consist of complementary components; Builder and Engine. Engine is the next evolution of what CartoDB users have gotten to know, while Builder will be where the analyst-centric visual tools will reside. You can request early access to Builder now.
Given the design and usability pedigree of CARTO and Vizzuality, I am excited to see what they accomplish with modern web tools. This a team that has consistently hit home runs with focused applications. I can’t wait to see how they approach a more general-purpose platform user experience.
Congratulations to the CARTO team on this exciting new chapter.