Global Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics software vendor, Yellowfin, has launched the latest version of its BI platform, Yellowfin 7.1MELBOURNE, Australia, Sept. 8, 2014 — (PRNewswire) — Enhancements in Yellowfin 7.1 extended three core technical areas, boosting Location Intelligence capabilities, improving CSV support and increasing the number of visualizations supported by Yellowfin's Auto Chart functionality.
For a detailed overview of all enhancements and improvements contained in Yellowfin 7.1, download the official Release Notes here: http://www.yellowfinbi.com/Document.i4?DocumentId=296290
New mapping capabilities: World-class Location Intelligence has never been simpler
Yellowfin CEO, Glen Rabie, said that the most important innovations delivered in Yellowfin 7.1 were the unique enhancements made to Yellowfin's mapping capabilities, which would make world-class Location Intelligence accessible to users of all types and organizations of all sizes.
"The ability to analyze organizational data from a geographical standpoint is critical, across all industries, because research indicates that 80 percent of business data is location-relevant," said Rabie. "Despite this, the vast majority of organizations have struggled to source, collate and analyze the necessary location-based data to underpin location analytics. Yellowfin 7.1 changes that, delivering the Location Intelligence features required to quickly create beautiful enterprise mapping and a brilliant analytical experience."
Yellowfin 7.1 introduces a native Base Layer for the world, geocoding functionality and demographic data support. These improvements empower Yellowfin clients to easily combine existing business data with rich location-based third-party information.
Native Base Layer
Yellowfin's native Base Layer allows users to immediately create multilayered maps without needing to source WMS layers. Instead of pulling a map layer from a third-party source – such as Google Maps, Yellowfin will use shape files to create an image (native Base Layer).
Yellowfin GeoPacks: Providing geographical and demographic data
Yellowfin's 'GeoPacks' will provide geographical and location-relevant demographic data, enabling users to combine that information with existing business data to create insightful location-based reports.
"Yellowfin 7.1 will ship with GIS records and geometry points, enabling users to geocode address data to zip code level on-the-fly – and render that information on maps with ease – to quickly produce stunning visualizations and actionable insight," said Rabie. "Yellowfin 7.1 will automatically assign zip codes, latitude and longitude coordinates as well as polygons – where available – to address-level data, removing the need to source separate GIS records and geometry points."
Yellowfin 7.1 will also ship with demographic data for key regions – including population, average household income, median age, employment information and more. These datasets will assist users to quickly detect correlations between existing business and spatially relevant third-party data.
"Yellowfin's GeoPacks will provide the context our clients need to develop a unified view of their business," said Rabie.
Improved CSV support
The entire process for loading CSV files into Yellowfin has been streamlined and improved – from the creation of a target database to data preview.
"Seventy percent of 1,100 executives interviewed in a recent global survey by Accenture said that they still used spreadsheets to track and manage financial reporting on a daily basis," said Rabie. "This continued pervasiveness of spreadsheets, even in enterprise reporting environments, means that we need to make it as effortless as possible to integrate spreadsheet data into Yellowfin reports. Yellowfin 7.1 has simplified that process significantly."
Yellowfin 7.1 extends the Auto Chart functionality launched in Yellowfin 7, with 16 new chart types now supported by Yellowfin's Auto Chart feature – including combination charts as well as maps. Auto Chart now supports over 50 best practice chart types and combinations.
"The end result is that, providing you have selected a metric, any combination of attributes dragged into Yellowfin's Chart Builder will now create an Auto Chart," said Rabie. "With Yellowfin 7.1, you don't have to be a data analyst or a BI expert to generate great visualizations and perform meaningful analysis."
Yellowfin is a global Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics software vendor passionate about making BI easy. Yellowfin is a highly intuitive 100 percent Web-based reporting and analytics solution. Yellowfin is a leader in mobile, collaborative and embeddable BI as well as Location Intelligence and data visualization. For more information, visit www.yellowfinbi.com
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