Roadmap to Yellowfin 5.3: Sophisticated & Robust Business Intelligence
International Business Intelligence (BI) software vendor, Yellowfin, recently released the latest version of its BI solution – Yellowfin 5.2: Making Business Intelligence even easier.
Yellowfin: Making Business Intelligence even easier
The new release enhances Yellowfin’s well-known ease-of-use characteristics, enabling organizations to achieve better Return on Investment (ROI) through:
1. New analytical visualizations that make data analysis easier and more insightful
2. An upgraded User Interface for improved navigation and self-service reporting
3. Improved scalability to allow organizations to easily grow the Yellowfin platform to meet their changing reporting needs
For further details on Yellowfin 5.2’s new features:
• Watch a recording of the official Webinar launch
• Visit Yellowfin’s latest release page
• Download a copy of the official Release Notes
Yellowfin 5.3: Sophisticated and robust Business Intelligence
Yellowfin CEO, Glen Rabie, said Yellowfin had worked hard over the last few years to develop an easy-to-use, manage, embed and integrate BI solution with market-leading Mobile, Social, Location Intelligence and data visualization components.
“Yellowfin is a new-age BI vendor on the rise and our solution now reflects that,” said Rabie. “Yellowfin 5.3 will cement the substantial progress made during the releases of Yellowfin 5, 5.1 and 5.2, and deliver a more sophisticated, robust product.
“We’re looking to build a product that is technically excellent – an application that is faster, more robust, more scalable. We’re looking to improve the performance of Business Intelligence.”
Continuing to build a Business Intelligence solution that business & IT love
“Our first goal when developing Yellowfin is to build a solution that people love to use. So that includes developing Yellowfin’s User Interface, but also a product that people can engage with at an emotional level.”
Ease-of-use will remain key in the face of the consumerization of Business Intelligence
“We believe, and research indicates, that if you have a BI tool that is easy-to-use and derive knowledge from, user adoption rates will rise, and having higher user adoption leads to a higher Return on Investment.
“Interestingly, for the first time ever, ease-of-use surpassed product functionality in Gartner’s 2011 Magic Quadrant for BI as the number one purchasing criteria. This really does emphasize the shift away from the developer centric type of BI deployments, geared towards ten to 15 power-users or content developers, to the BI consumer – people who consume BI everyday to do their jobs. For these people, it’s critically important that ease-of-ease is one of the fundamental components that makes up their BI tool.”
User Interactivity: Filter Sliders and Drill to options
“[For Yellowfin 5.3] we’re thinking about the User Interface, and how people interact with their data. You’ll certainly see a lot of work around filters and filter sliders, as well as drill options to allow people to drill through and down on their data anyway they like.”
Sharing Information: Social Business Intelligence will continue to separate Yellowfin from the rest
“Sharing information will continue to be a priority heading towards Yellowfin 5.3, as it has been for the previous two releases.
“Once you’ve discovered or gained insight, if you don’t share that insight with anyone, you’re not getting the value of that data. So how do you encourage people to share insights and information with other parties in an organization to create value?
“The next release will address this through rapid integration – having more options to integrate Yellowfin into third party applications; the ability to share content easily in a variety of ways; and to be able to syndicate content. Syndicated content is the capacity for someone to take a report or a dashboard, and by using a little piece of code, embed that content wherever it is needed – in a web page, a wiki, a blog. What this means, is that we’re moving from an application-centric model, where people have to login to their BI tool to access their data, to an information-centric model.
“For example, you’ll be able to take content that’s created in Yellowfin, and put that content anywhere you like, so people can see content when and where they need to, rather than having to come to the BI tool.
“The key difference here, is that you can take your BI information and embed it in forums, business applications and business processes – this is a huge shift in the processes and mindset around access to information.”
Overhaul of native mobile applications
Rabie also flagged a significant overhaul to Yellowfin’s existing Mobile BI platform, but was tight-lipped about the details.
“Yellowfin has been proven a true leader in Mobile Business Intelligence through the Dresner Advisory Services latest Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study.
“We believe, as this report and many like it indicate, that Mobile BI is critical to the future of reporting and analytics. We’re working hard to further our edge in mobile analytics. The results of this hard work will be clear for everyone to see when we release Yellowfin 5.3.”
Yellowfin 5.3 is due for release at the end of November 2011.