Introducing Graph UI
August 20, 2020
Here at Thinknum, we store an increasing amount of data in graph databases.
Using graphs allows us to derive some unique insights, by following a path of relationships and collecting information along the way.
The industry has two popular languages: Cypher, with its declarative SQL-like notation, and Gremlin with its imperative style. Using these languages is a powerful way to answer any query you may think of.
Graph databases are growing in popularity, as more organizations find that they are the right tool to work with their data.
As more users are exposed to these technologies, there is a growing need to access them in a user-friendly way, and we felt that too.
However, when we set out to find an easy to use, web-based, Tableau-style UI to work with these databases, we returned empty handed. Every program is still centered around writing queries by hand, and then inspecting the results using some kind of visualization.
That's still very far from what we needed and imagined. We wanted to build a query, and work with the results; See them as a graph, but also turn them into a chart if we wanted.
Over the last year or so, a part of our team set out to fix this problem. We decided to build a UI for graph databases that would act as a "data lab" (a term we've used since the birth of Thinknum.)
And so today we're officially announcing Graph UI. It is a feature-rich UI to work with your graph database.
You can build your query visually by defining a series of steps to take through your database. For example, you may want to start with movies, follow all the directors, and end up in their hometowns.
Along the way, you can collect data that might be useful in the final report. For example, you may want to see how many Oscar movies each hometown produced. You can have endless use cases.
And now, you can ask these questions without writing any code, just by using the drag-and-drop interface in Graph UI.
Once you've collected your data, you can turn to the analysis portion, which works the same as any relational tool. You can display your results as a table, and from there, you can turn it into various charts.
There's a lot more to Graph UI, and you can learn all about it over here. If Graph UI seems like a great fit for your needs, feel free to sign up for the waitlist. You can email us directly with any questions!