Vizzly's Glossary

We've created a collection of industry and Vizzly-related terms to help you navigate the new world of customer-facing analytics.

Child Dashboard

When the custom reporting / self-serve dashboard function is enabled, your users can create child dashboards from the parent dashboard you have created. A child dashboard is an edited version of the parent dashboard created by an end-user.


A Dashboard is simply a visual representation of data and key performance indicators that provides insights and facilitates data-driven decision-making. With Vizzly, you can build and embed dashboards or reports.

Dashboard Management

Dashboard management is the process of creating, deleting, and distributing dashboards. With Vizzly, these events can be executed using one of our React Hooks or Vanilla JS services.

Dashboard Distribution

With Vizzly, you can provide different Dashboards to your users, each with different functionality. For instance, you can provide one user group with a read-only dashboard while granting the other group a fully customizable dashboard.

Embedded Analytics

Embedded analytics refers to the integration of reporting capabilities directly within a platform, enabling end-users to access and utilize analytics within their workflow seamlessly. The primary use case for embedded analytics is customer-facing analytics.


The end-user is your customer; the individual using the dashboard or report you have built and embedded inside your platform.


In the context of Vizzly, Integrations are connections we offer with databases and warehouses. We also offer method for you to connect with your own APIs directly.

In-Browser Query Engine

The In-Browser Query Engine will let you load data client-side from any REST API. Note, this is only effective when your customer datasets are small.


Multi-Tenancy is a software architecture that allows a single instance of an app to serve multiple users (tenants), while keeping their data and configurations isolated and secure. Vizzly handles this for you.

Parent Dashboard

When the custom reporting / self-serve dashboard function is enabled, the parent dashboard is the original Dashboard you build for your users to edit or customize in any way they wish (creating child dashboards in the process).


The term 'report' is often used interchangeably with 'dashboard'. Sometimes people will use the term 'reporting' to describe tabular data displays and not charting. In either case, with Vizzly, you can embed reports or dashboards.

Standard Reporting

Read-only dashboards (standard reporting) serve as the counterpart to self-serve dashboards (custom reporting). When restricted self-serve access is applied, your users receive a read-only Dashboard, which restricts their ability to edit or customize the dashboard or report.

React Hook

A React Hook is a function that enables the use of state and other React features in functional components, providing a way to manage and reuse stateful logic within React apps. At Vizzly, you can access the API directly through a React Hook for Dashboard Management. We also provide Vanilla JS services for non-React users.

Semantic Layer

A level of abstraction that sits on top of your database, helping you prepare and model your data for building data apps - like analytics dashboards or reporting capabilities.

Custom Reporting

Self-serve dashboards (custom reporting) allow your users to edit or customize the Dashboard you embed. End-users can edit existing views or build their own from scratch using the data you've decided to expose to them.


Templates are preconfigured views that you can build and offer to your users. These Templates will be accessible from the view library, and they are designed to make it easier for your users to edit and align the dashboard with their data requirements.


Views are what make up the dashboard: a view can be a table, chart, or map. Simple as that! Sometimes referred to as 'chart types'.

View Library

The view library is a collection of templates that your users can add to the Dashboard. Assuming you enable the necessary functionality, end-users can contribute to their instance of the view library.

Verified View

Verified views are templates you (the organization) have added to the View Library. This feature helps distinguish what views your users have created versus what you have made available to them.


A webhook is a mechanism for one app to send automated, real-time notifications or data updates to another app through an HTTP request to a specific endpoint. Vizzly uses these for scheduled reporting.

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