If you think social media sites are monopolizing your time, try counting all of the internal databases and software applications you use on a daily basis. Then check out Cyfe, an all-in-one business dashboard that organizes everything – and I mean everything – you use for your job on one screen.
Launched in January, Cyfe connects to 25 popular services – such as Google, Salesforce, MailChimp, Amazon, Facebook, Zendesk, and Twitter – and can also pull in data from a company’s internal databases. The dashboard has a simple click-and-drag interface that quickly connects to your other password-protected sites. I started by adding my Gmail account and my Twitter page, and was pleased to see new emails and tweets waiting for me at one glance. If I needed to create a traffic report on my blog for a meeting, I could also get a customized widget to load all the data from Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, etc. into one chart.
Although the site is still in Beta testing, the service is already monetized with premium memberships. The basic package will get you 20 widgets for $9 a month; the standard package includes 50 widgets for $29 a month, and the pro package includes 100 widgets for $49 a month. You can also try out two widgets with a free account (or five if you delete the widgets in the demo). It’s reasonably priced, but don’t underestimate the number of widgets you’ll need. At full capacity, I’d probably be eligible for the standard package and I’m not even that important.
Cyfe founder Deven Patel told me via email that his clients include marketing professionals “who need a holistic view into all their marketing activities,” small business owners “who 1) don’t have the time to keep track of all their data scattered across the web and 2) don’t know what to do with all that data;” and executives “who want a bird’s eye view of their entire business, to see what’s happening in each of their departments.”
Added Patel, “We help these people monitor all their data from one single location and also make sense of it.”