Yellowfin BI

Yellowfin BI

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Yellowfin helps clients solve problems with data and increase the performance of their business

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Yellowfin BI review by <span>John G.</span>
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"Great Starter BI"

What do you like best?

It's easy to get started, no clients to install on my computer. Just turn the server and go create reports! The javascript reporting option in 7.3+ opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. Absolutely love it.

What do you dislike?

Sending reports to external (non Yellowfin) users requires an enterprise license.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't think twice about going for it. When you are setting up reports it pays to plan ahead. Yellowfin has powerful linking tools. Leveraging that can seriously cut down on the amount of reports writing needed to get the job done. Yellowfin can also export reports in XML, so you can use one report as a template to create many.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The biggest benefit has been in providing real time mobile access our data for our sales staff and executive team. In one scenario we needed a way to report spatial data (polygons generated by our machines) combined with relevant meta data.

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Yellowfin BI review by <span>Craig L.</span>
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"Excellent Value and functionality. "

What do you like best?

Yellowfin provides excellent value. It is very well price in comparison to other BI tools. Considering the functionality that comes with Yellowfin this provides very good value for money. End users find it easy to use and the development pipeline continues to bring new features which enhance the overall user experience. It's been built for cloud deployment (no local client to install) which makes it easy to deploy.

What do you dislike?

One area of improvement is the upgrade process. Upgrading from one version to another can sometimes causes issues.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Yellowfin is built for the cloud, combining Yellowfin with our hosting environment means we have removed the need for on-premise hardware, this has allowed businesses to get up and running quickly. As Yellowfin is browser-based, there is no app to be installed and maintain. Using Yellowfin we have built automated dashboards across every business function (E.g sales, finance, inventory) saving time from creating manual reports, provides a version of the truth and allows users to visualise their data to make better-informed decisions.

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Yellowfin BI review by <span>Trevor K.</span>
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"Easy to use BI tool for the masses"

What do you like best?

The Yellowfin tool is very easy to learn, and is helped by the training materials available online via YouTube and the Yellowfin University. It takes very little time to go from a data model to creating some visually appealing graphs and charts to tell a story to the audience about the data being presented.

Being a web-based tool also makes it available anywhere with an internet connection, for both users and developers. One of the challenges with other tools is getting access while "on the go", with VPN's and other technologies being required to gain access. A lot of the time the solution to the "on the go" challenge is to just send static reports via email which defeats the purpose of a BI tool.

Like any tool there are limitations, although with Yellowfin we have always found a way to get around some of the technical challenges provided by our users. Whether the solution is created in the database, view or report, there is always a way to resolve any challenge put to us within Yellowfin. The user community also offers a good source of information for challenges that come our way.

What do you dislike?

Being web-base does have its drawbacks, such as the amount of clicking required to create content and link everything together in a dashboard. It would be great to have an option to do a bit more scripting to generate content for the more technical savvy developers, and still maintain the current UI for business users or those who are happy within the point-and-click interface.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yellowfin is very easy to get up and running in a cloud environment. This makes evaluation simple and cost-effective for those who want to learn more about the tools capabilities. Also make use of the Yellowfin University and other online tutorials available on YouTube to get the most out of the tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We provide business intelligence solutions to clients who are struggling to get started with BI, or are not getting the outcome from their existing BI environment that they would like. Yellowfin has allowed us to rapidly get our clients up to a working reporting solution within a matter of weeks, so they can realise the benefits in a very short time.

Yellowfin fits in perfectly with a cloud environment, which is part of the value-add that Toustone offers to clients in regards to rapid development and release of solutions for a minimal cost. Due to the nature of cloud being pay as you go (instead of traditional large investment up front for infrastructure), it also provides the clients with a taste of BI without having to invest heavily before seeing any return.

A lot of clients don't know what they want to see from their data, and with Yellowfin we are able to sit with the client and explore their data to get the most out of the reports that are created.

Yellowfin BI review by <span>Steve R.</span>
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"Yellowfin BI helps manage workforce recruitment for large energy infrastructure project"

What do you like best?

The Yellowfin feature that led to the success of this project was the "View" - the business metadata layer that sits between the source data and the reports and dashboards.

The source data for this project had significant shortcomings which by itself made it difficult to meet the project's reporting requirements. The Yellowfin view functionality allowed my to apply and easily maintain frequently changing, complex business logic, and enhance the source system data with business rules that allowed for accurate prediction of future capability of the recruitment process.

The Yellowfin views also made it possible for me to present the complex data structure to the recruitment managers and analysts, and workforce planners in a business-friendly format so they could easily write their own ad hoc reports. The business users only required minimal training to become self-sufficient with Yellowfin for report writing and ad hoc data analysis.

What do you dislike?

My main dislike with Yellowfin on this project was the some clumsy usability aspects of the View designer. Having said that Yellowfin were very receptive of feedback I provided on how to improve the usability of the view designer. Subsequent minor releases of Yellowfin incrementally improved the View designer. The release of version 7.3 presented a completely rewritten user interface for the view designer that it is now very easy to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yellowfin is a great business intelligence and analytics platform. It's focus on usability for end-users and the analysts who support them is it greatest strength. I would consider it the best business intelligence and analytics platform I have used in my career.

In addition to having a great product Yellowfin is a great company to work with. They receptive to product feedback and almost always product improvement suggestions I have made have been implemented in future releases. I have even had a couple of cases where minor improvements were implemented in the monthly patch release following me making the suggestions. In my experience very few software vendors are that responsive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used Yellowfin to develop a set of reports and dashboards to track and predict the performance of the recruitment process a very large energy infrastructure project. The dashboards and reports allowed the recruitment managers and analysts, and workforce planners to accurately report on and predict the ability of the recruitment pipeline to meet the demanding and dynamic workforce requirements of the project.

Prior to the dashboards and reports being created the project's recruitment manager was unable to provide senior project stakeholders with reliable information about the ability of the recruitment pipeline to meet project's workforce demand. By the end of the project the recruitment manager was able to accurately report to senior project stakeholders the current ability of the recruitment pipeline to meet project demands. and predict with an accuracy of greater than 95% the ability of the recruitment pipeline to meet future project demands.

Yellowfin BI review by <span>Chris R.</span>
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"The right fit"

What do you like best?

What I like most about Yellowfin is that the focus of the company (and the product) is on facilitating the process of delivering great self-service reporting and dashboards. The vast majority of people in most organisations are not self-service analysts, but 'self-service consumers', and need a supported, guided BI experience.

What do you dislike?

I'm not a fan of web-based develop/design environments. I would much prefer a desktop app where I could develop and design reports with the ability to publish complete reports to the server. That's just me.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take careful stock of how many users will simply USE reports and dashboards rather than create their own. If you have a high ratio of users to developers, you will greatly benefit from Yellowfin's ability to assist you fully supporting and maintaining the suite of tools needed to support a wide variety of users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reporting and dashboard is great for the situations where we have information that needs to be repeatedly viewed (such as a KPI dashboard or a performance report) but also where users want to interactive with the data to drill in to further detail and diagnose a particular area. We see high levels of adoption and engagement as we can quickly and easily create and change reports and dashboard to suite their needs.

Yellowfin BI review by <span>Steven G.</span>
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"Excellent BI Product"

What do you like best?

I like how easy it is to get a working dashboard and reports to users. Once your data is staged correctly the software allows for quick no fuss dashboard development. Most existing BI software tools take days to get a dashboard up and running. I also like the fact Yellowfin is rapidly evolving to upgrade and change with market demands and opening up charting options with javascript charts in their latest version 7.3+.

I also think what sets them apart from the other BI tools is their local support. Within hours the support team are available to listen, help and solve the matter. I can not speak highly enough about the Melbourne team who support me through some difficult software issues we encounter.

What do you dislike?

Version updates making it more challenging with my different clients to provide them with seamless upgrades. With so many new Yellowfin parts being introduced, retrospective styling becomes challenging to stay on top of.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a go... it's a very easy product to get up and running in real world client company environments.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If you want to place your data in front of external users then Yellowfin makes this process very appealing. Security options always ensure that you can trust data being locked down to the right users. I'm also amazed at the styling options can overlay with Yellowfin, anything is possible with a great graphics team.

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