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.