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The Two Paths To Connect ChartMogul To Your Data Warehouse
There are two ways to sync data from ChartMogul into your data warehouse for analytics.
Method 1: Manually Developing A Custom Data Pipeline Yourself
Write code from scratch or use an open-source framework to build an integration between ChartMogul and your warehouse.
Method 2: Automating The ETL Process With A No-Code Solution
Leverage a prebuilt connector from a cloud-hosted solution like Portable.
How To Create Value With ChartMogul Data
Teams connect ChartMogul to their data warehouse to build dashboards and generate value for their business. Let’s dig into the capabilities ChartMogul exposes via their API, outline insights you can build with the data, and summarize the most common analytics environments teams are using to process their ChartMogul data.
Extract: What Data Can You Extract From The ChartMogul API?
ChartMogul is a subscription analytics platform used for measuring, analyzing, and growing recurring revenue.
To help clients power downstream analytics, ChartMogul offers an application programming interface (API) for clients to extract data on business entities. Here are a few example entities you can extract from the API.
- Data Sources
- Plan Groups
You can visit the ChartMogul API documentation to explore the entire catalog of available API resources and the complete schema definition for each. As an example, here are some of the details for the plans endpoint in the ChartMogul API documentation.
As you think about the data you will need for analytics, don’t forget that Portable offers no-code integrations to other similar applications like Recurly, Zuora, and Stripe that can be useful for comparison purposes.
Regardless of the SaaS solution you use, it’s important to find a subscription analytics platform with robust data available for analytics.
Load: Which Destinations Are Best For A ChartMogul ETL Pipeline?
To turn raw data from ChartMogul into dashboards, most companies centralize information into a data warehouse or data lake. For Portable clients, the most common ETL pipelines are:
- ChartMogul to Snowflake Integration
- ChartMogul to Google BigQuery Integration
- ChartMogul to Amazon Redshift Integration
- ChartMogul to PostgreSQL Integration
Once you have a destination to load the data, it’s common to combine ChartMogul data with information from other enterprise applications like Jira, Mailchimp, HubSpot, Zendesk, and LinkedIn.
From there, you can build cross-functional dashboards in a visualization tool like Power BI, Tableau, Looker, or Retool.
Develop: Which Dashboards Should You Build With ChartMogul Data?
Now that you have identified the data you want to extract, the next step is to plan out the dashboards you can build with the data.
As a process, you want to consume raw data, overlay SQL logic, and build a dashboard to either 1) increase revenue or 2) decrease costs.
Here are three subscription analytics dashboards you should consider as a starting point.
- Monthly Subscription Summary - When your clients pay via a recurring subscription, it's important to understand month-over-month trends to see how revenue is growing. There is no more important dashboard than subscription revenue over time.
- Referral Attribution (By Coupon Code) - For subscription platforms that offer coupon codes, they can be applied to subscriptions and invoices. What's the best way to summarize how your referral program is working? By showing the most leveraged coupon codes by frequency and revenue to understand where to double down and where to move on.
- Customer Revenue Summary - By breaking down revenue by customer, you can bring in transaction data, subscription data, and invoices data to understand which clients and growing and which are shrinking. This data is critical to creating a customer 360 view and can easily be joined with other data sources.
Beyond the dashboards above, replicating ChartMogul data into your cloud data warehouse can unlock a wide array of opportunities to power analytics, automate workflows, and develop products. The use cases are endless.
Now that we have a clear sense of the insights we can create, let’s compare the process of developing a custom ChartMogul integration with the benefits of using a no-code ETL solution like Portable.
Method 1: Building A Custom ChartMogul ETL Pipeline
To build your own ChartMogul integration, there are three steps:
- Navigate the ChartMogul API documentation
- Make your first API request
- Turn an API request into a complete data pipeline
Let’s walk through the process in more detail.
How To Interpret ChartMogul’s API Documentation
When reading API documentation, there are a handful of key concepts to consider.
There are many common authentication mechanisms. OAuth 2.0 (Auth Code and Client Credentials), API Keys, JWT Tokens, Personal Access Tokens, Basic Authentication, etc. For ChartMogul, it’s important to identify the authentication mechanism and how best to incorporate the necessary credentials into your API requests.
ChartMogul uses API keys for authentication. The API authentication is implemented using Basic Authentication where the API key is passed as the username.
It’s important to identify the ChartMogul API endpoints you want to use for analytics. Most APIs offer GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE methods; however, for analytics, GET requests are typically the most useful. At times, POST requests can be used to extract data as well.
For ChartMogul, the plans endpoint is a great place to get started.
For each API endpoint, you would like to use for analytics, you need to understand the method (GET, POST, PUT, or DELETE) and the URL, but there are other considerations to take into account as well. You should look out for pagination mechanics, query parameters, and parameters that are added to the request path.
Some API endpoints offer pagination. For instance, when listing plans, the endpoint uses page and per_page parameters for pagination.
Some API endpoints require unique identifiers from a previous API response to be included in the URL path.
For instance, to get all activities for a customer, you need a Customer ID that is returned from another endpoint.
How Do You Call The ChartMogul API? (Tutorial)
- Follow the instructions above to read the ChartMogul API documentation
- Identify and collect your credentials for authentication
- Pick the API resource you want to pull data from
- Configure the necessary parameters, method, and URL to make your first request (Either with curl or Postman)
- Add your credentials and make your first API call. Here is an example request using curl (without real credentials):
curl -X GET 'https://api.chartmogul.com/v1/plans' \ -u YOUR_API_KEY:
How Do You Maintain A Custom ChartMogul ETL Pipeline?
Making a call to the ChartMogul API is just the beginning of maintaining a complete custom ETL pipeline.
Here is a getting started guide to building a production-grade pipeline for ChartMogul:
- For each API endpoint, define schemas (which fields exist and the type for each)
- Process the API response and parse the data (typically parsing JSON or XML)
- Handle and replicate nested objects and custom fields
- Identify which fields are primary keys and which keys are required vs. optional
- Version control your changes in a git-based workflow (using GitHub, GitLab, etc.)
- Handle code dependencies in your toolchain and the upgrades that come with each
- Monitor the health of the upstream API, and - when things go wrong - troubleshoot via the status page, reach out to support, and open tickets
- Handle error codes (HTTP error codes like 400s, 500s, etc.)
- Manage and respect rate limits imposed by the server
We won’t go into detail on all of the items above, but rate limits are a great example of the complexity found in a production-grade data pipeline.
For rate limits, ChartMogul has set a limit on the number of calls you can make to the API at 40 requests per second.
If you don’t respect rate limits, and if you can’t handle server responses (like 429 errors with a Retry-After header), your pipeline can break, and analytics can become out-of-date.
What Are The Drawbacks Of Building A ChartMogul ETL Pipeline Yourself?
You can probably tell at this point that there is a lot of work that goes into building and maintaining an ETL pipeline from ChartMogul to your data warehouse.
If you want less development work, faster insights, and no ongoing responsibilities, you should consider a cloud-hosted ETL solution.
Let’s walk through the setup process for a no-code ETL solution and its benefits.
Method 2: Using A No-Code ChartMogul ETL Solution
No-code ETL solutions are simple. Vendors are specialized in building and maintaining data pipelines on your behalf. Instead of starting from scratch for each integration. Companies like Portable create connector templates that can be leveraged by hundreds or thousands of clients.
Step-By-Step Tutorial For Configuring A ChartMogul ETL Pipeline
Off-the-shelf ETL tools offer a no-code setup process. Here are the instructions to connect ChartMogul to your cloud data warehouse with Portable.
- Create an account (no credit card required)
- Add a source - Search for and select ChartMogul
- Authenticate with ChartMogul using the instructions in the Portable console
- Select your warehouse (Snowflake, BigQuery, Redshift, or PostgreSQL) and authenticate
- Set up a flow connecting ChartMogul to your analytics environment
- Run your flow to replicate data from ChartMogul to your warehouse
- Use the dropdown to set your data flow to run on a cadence
What Are The Benefits Of Using Portable For ChartMogul ETL?
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Easy To Understand Pricing
With predictable, fixed-cost pricing per data flow, you know exactly how much your ChartMogul integration will cost every month.
Fast Development Speeds
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APIs change. Schemas evolve. ChartMogul will have maintenance issues and errors. With Portable, we will do everything in our power to make your life easier.
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You can move as much ChartMogul data as you want without worrying about usage credits or overages. Instead of analyzing your ETL costs, you should be analyzing your data.
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