Lotus Improv equivalent in a Browser

This open source pivot table (http://nicolas.kruchten.com/pivottable/examples/local.html) brings the power of Lotus Improv to the web.

Lotus Improv was a groundbreaking spreadsheet that was based upon pivot tables rather than a simple grid. Lotus killed it as it was cannibalising it’s own Lotus 1-2-3 sales.

The pivot table above allows you to load a csv file (say the output of a Bigquery query) and then perform ad-hoc pivot analysis on it.  By dragging the column headings around you get to see your data summarised in your browser.  The sample could easily be extended to run a report from say a S3 bucket. This means that we could email links to pivot tables around…