It’s a cherry on top of the Cloud Computing paradigm. In short this is what Google Visualization API does:
Google Visualization API aims to fetch data from any data source connected to the Internet and provide useful visual outputs like Graphs, Charts, Dashboards etc. Earlier, the API worked with Google Spreadsheets and now Google has expanded coverage to any data source connected to the Web
This is a remarkable API, especially in the Enterprise Reporting Paradigm. Lot of Enterprise data are stuck in legacy data sources and Spreadsheets. Once the business decides to move these to the cloud, creating customized reports and analysis applications out of these data can be handled by Google Visualization API.
Google Visualization has a developer community in place, who develop huge numbers of useful Gadgets that can be reused by businesses, if required. One example is a Gantt Chart gadget, that works on Google spreadsheets and generates a Gantt chart out of the data.
In my last post, I was discussing about the Force.com platform, by Salesforce.com. Salesforce.com has developed tools for their customers to building reporting and analysis applications using Google Visualization API, out of data from Salesforce.com CRM.
Thus Google Visualization API brings a new face to the Enterprise Reporting Tools, with the power of computing on the cloud.