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Monthly Changelog


Midesk is a continuously-improving market intelligence platform with frequent improvements. We strongly believe in the 1% rule: frequent small code improvements are gentle to the clients and compound over time! We have deployed almost 1000 code commits since January 2019.

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October 2020

Added a capability to process external data APIs (implemented SimilarWeb)

  • Midesk will fetch a defined API on a periodic basis, structure its content it and save it into its data repositories.

  • This is very helpful for passively generating market figures from SimilarWeb, Moody's Analytics, OpenCorporates, OECD, etc...

  • The implemented API not only extract given KPIs but also do "data acrobatics", including functions like counting (sum, min, max, mode, average) and filtering (firstWhere, unique, last, first). More function will be implemented based on our clients' user cases.

Full Rework & Redesign of the Automatic Report Builder (Dashboards)

  • Midesk Report Builder is a drag & drop editor that connects all parts of Midesk into management-ready dashboards that are automatically updated, and exportable in the PowerPoint format.

  • The dashboards are based on the latest state of the "data repositories" which consolidate and manage data from various places, including via a Midesk Crawler, INBOX email forwarding, or manual entry.

  • The report builder is powered by a powerful tree-calculation method that can consolidate daily, weekly, quarterly figures into the right results for the client. It can also calculate and provide market sizes from unstructured figures (e.g. the total addressable Job-board market in Germany).

  • Midesk report builder features a multi-column resizable layout and movable blocks.

  • Midesk report builder offers a very flexible graphing library that aligns the web editor to its counterpart graphs in PowerPoint (real native PowerPoint graphs representation)

  • Midesk report builder offers "rolling periods" (e.g. last 2 weeks) so the client doesn't need to touch their graphs.

Other notable changes

  • Removed Midesk website from the Product Backend and Transferred It to Its Own Container

  • Added screenshots to the Midesk Crawler

Deployment Stats
Backend 49
Frontend 31
Website 20
Preview
Midesk Report Builder in action: Creating a slide, adding a column, adding a data block.
Midesk Report Builder in action: Creating a slide, adding a column, adding a data block.

September 2020

  • Added crawling email notifications: aka get informed if your competitors do something

  • Added crawling counted fetching of KPIs: aka get to KPIs when they are not available

  • Added logos to data models

  • Optimized data calculations for missing values

  • Fixed a bug that prevented registrations from going forward

Deployment Stats
Backend 10
Frontend 15
Website 24
Preview
An example of a Midesk Monitoring Job showing steps to get to a KPI on a page, including a data repository and change notifications set-up.
An example of a Midesk Monitoring Job showing steps to get to a KPI on a page, including a data repository and change notifications set-up.

August 2020

  • Adds click-to-edit capabilities to the report builder

  • Adds rolling periods to calculations (aka give me the last 10 days), extending the fixed method

  • Adds a relative graph

  • Improves data cell loading

  • Better handling of preview screenshots generated during the crawling

  • Improves the News KPI annotation interfaces

  • Better fetching of articles from Feedly newsletters

  • Adds automatic KPI Extraction from websites

  • Fixes a bug when changing data types

  • Automatically fetched the information about a source when a data point source is a url or existing article in the system

Deployment Stats
Backend 31
Frontend 23
Preview
Three PowerPoint screenshots showcasing a redesign of the PowerPoint template that's exportable from Midesk.
Three PowerPoint screenshots showcasing a redesign of the PowerPoint template that's exportable from Midesk.

July 2020

Big Report Builder Overhaul

  • Standard reports based on a modular drag&drop online builder with blocks like text, images, columns or graphs

  • Automatically generated - can be based on data from other parts of Midesk, like the automatic website scraper

  • Has a capability to select the most interesting data to showcase

  • Added a nice front slide

  • Customisable corporate identity (colors, logos)

  • Embedded graphs as Excels with underlying data, not a photo

  • Backup slides with all data sources and links to the users' Midesk workspace

Other improvements:

  • Adds JSON crawler

  • Automatically extract links from comments

  • Tracks previous and next cell for better data management

  • Adds a possibility to have multiple version of a data point in time and across reliability (like from news, annual reports, etc.)

  • Updates to PHP 7.4

Deployment Stats
Backend 16
Frontend 13
Preview
Showcasing the new AI model that's able to recignize KPIs in news articles and help save them into Midesk Data Repositories.
Showcasing the new AI model that's able to recignize KPIs in news articles and help save them into Midesk Data Repositories.

January 2019 - June 2020

As our new website has just been launched and we have just started publishing our changelog, it's a bit of an overhead to dig deep the details from the past. We will add the missing months at a later point in time.