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Business Intelligence Vendor Yellowfin Furthers Self-Service BI and Data Discovery Capabilities with New Data Visualization Functionality

24/09/2014 by


The enrichment of Yellowfin's data visualization capabilities was included within the latest version of its BI platform, Yellowfin 7.1.

"We want to ensure the best analytical experience possible when using Yellowfin," said Yellowfin CEO, Glen Rabie. "That's why we've incorporated a raft of visualization improvements in Yellowfin 7.1, to support rapid, free flow visual analysis."

Auto Chart supports over 50 best practice chart types:

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. As a result, 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 instantly 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."

Increasing the breadth of visualizations supported by Yellowfin's Auto Chart feature offers further assistance to non-technical business-users, enabling self-service content creation and independent Data Discovery.

Improved color options for Auto Charts:

The use of color options within Auto Charts has also been improved dramatically in Yellowfin 7.1. Users can easily apply conditional formatting on an Auto Chart, within the Chart Builder, to create color-coding across dimensions or metrics.

"For example, dragging a metric into the color selection panel of an Auto Chart will automatically define the color of a thematic of bubble map," said Rabie. "Users also benefit from improved range settings for metric defined colors – across all chart types and all existing Auto Chart combinations."

Toggle from Auto Chart to manual chart selection:

In Yellowfin 7.1, users have the ability to toggle between Yellowfin's Auto Chart option and manual chart selection, without affecting settings and fields, adding a greater level of flexibility when building visualizations.

"Business users can still enjoy the guided support offered by Auto Charts, while more adept users – with a predefined idea of the style of chart they want to create – can simply toggle to manually create specific visualizations," said Rabie.

For basic charts in 'auto' mode, users can now also seamlessly swap back and forth between chart types without having to rebuild content.

Customizable Big Number charts:

Yellowfin's output canvas, introduced as part of Yellowfin 7's overhauled Report Builder, enabled users to drag-and-drop multiple charts onto a single space and arrange them side-by-side to produce multi-chart reports – a miniature dashboard type experience for data consumers.

This new feature allowed users to resize the charts, the canvas itself – and add a range of custom widgets (text, images, icons, etc) to the output canvas – to create a customized view of visualizations and add context to multi-chart reports.

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