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Yellowfin 5.2 also includes a number of enhancements directly linked to usability. New filter options allow commonly used filters to be saved for specific reports, and filter sets to be saved in a named list within a report. Filter sets applied to analytic dashboards can be saved for the length of a users’ session.
“Filter changes will also make it easier and more intuitive to set-up analytic dashboards,” said Yellowfin Product Architect, Peter Damen. “Period filters and the ability to alter filter width are both included as options for power users [administrators].”
Changes to the view have made report building faster and more instinctive. The source connection of the view can be changed, and a new display allows users to see the table from which a view field originates.
“Yellowfin 5.2 also includes view level converters that allow users to convert values at the view level instead of the report level,” said Yellowfin Senior Software Engineer, Steve Joynt. “This means that those values can then be applied to all subsequent reports, whereas before, the values had to be converted separately for each report. Filters can also be converted based on time zones to suit user locality.”
The introduction of precautionary view features allows users to clearly see all fields that are set to secure. Users are also prevented from being able to accidentally delete fields that are in use.
The usability of the release is further enhanced with the inclusion of new out-of-the-box usage reports. These reports enable organizations and administrators to track the frequency with which individual reports are accessed, to determine both popular, and redundant report types.
At the report level, improvements to the report builder and sub query UI make it easier to create queries and sub-queries.
“Reports are also easier to manage and build, with the ability to tag individual reports and search for them by their tag,” said Damen. “A new search box allows report fields to be easily searched for in the report builder page.”
The UI has also been restyled, for a modern, sleek appearance that improves navigability, and reflects Yellowfin’s maturity as a world-class BI solution.
The enhanced scalability of Yellowfin 5.2 makes it easier to adapt to the shifting and expanding needs of enterprise reporting.
“The scalability of a BI solution is critical because if there’s one certainty, it’s that a company’s reporting needs will constantly change as they grow, and the strategic direction or data collected changes,” said Joynt. “Yellowfin 5.2 addresses the need for product robustness and easy scalability by making clustering easier, introducing the ability to share session tokens across instances, and by optimizing Yellowfin’s start-up process to minimize dashboard loading time.
“Security is also paramount to scalability and widespread BI deployments, so we’ve improved Yellowfin’s external user authentication process. New features automatically log users out from mobile devices after 20 minutes of inactivity. Additionally, authorized users can also now apply security settings to specific user groups.”
Yellowfin 5.2 also includes a significant OLAP overhaul, with the introduction of OLAP4j and support for PALO, BW as well as enhanced connectivity for SQL Server 2005 .
Yellowfin 5.2 is available from Friday 10 June. Simply visit the Yellowfin website – www.yellowfinbi.com - and ask for Yellowfin’s proven roadmap to assist you to successfully implement Yellowfin 5.2 into your organization.