You know what excel is but what's a CSV
A CSV is a comma separated values file that typcially is used in spreadsheet applications. This files are often generate from services like Microsoft Excel, Numbers, Google Sheets, and many other applications that represent data in tables. In many case you can also export the data that lives within web based applications in CSV format because it's a universal format for expressing table based data.
Since CSVs are widely used file formats for representing table based data its common practice for these files to represent data critical to the functions of a business. Some examples of where CSVs can be seen in businesses are:
Although these files can be very useful in the hands of a company's business units they also create data that is difficult to access by a development team. Your IT/Development/Software teams are typically used to accessing data via what's known as an API. Typically these APIs acessed via a REST or GraphQL protocol and are formatted as JSON.
Using APIs, REST, GraphQL, JSON, and other protocols/formats enables your developers to access data programatically which means they can incorportate these datasets into their applications. But, one of the major problems is that converting these CSVs into an API has traditionally involved spinning up servers, creating application infrastructs, months of devleopment time, and shifting focus aways from the core services that your development teams needs to focus on.
This is where Grater steps up to the plate enabling your developers to get back to writing code on your application, pulling in siloed data formerly too difficult to access, and creating applications that better understand how your business works. Grater makes the process of accessing CSVs via an API as simple as dropping and dragging a CSV into our system and recieving an API endpoint that allows your team to access your data in no time at all.
With Grater gone are the days of writing an api with auth, pagination, encryption, background processes, spinning up servers, choosing a protocol, and choosing a format just to access your data.