Yellowfin 5.2 Released
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Yellowfin 5.2 also includes a number of enhancements directly linked
to usability. New filter options allow commonly used filters to be
saved for specific reports, and filter sets to be saved in a named
list within a report. Filter sets applied to analytic dashboards can
be saved for the length of a users’ session.
“Filter changes will also make it easier and more intuitive to set-up
analytic dashboards,” said Yellowfin Product Architect, Peter Damen.
“Period filters and the ability to alter filter width are both
included as options for power users [administrators].”
Changes to the view have made report building faster and more
instinctive. The source connection of the view can be changed, and a
new display allows users to see the table from which a view field
“Yellowfin 5.2 also includes view level converters that allow users to
convert values at the view level instead of the report level,” said
Yellowfin Senior Software Engineer, Steve Joynt. “This means that
those values can then be applied to all subsequent reports, whereas
before, the values had to be converted separately for each report.
Filters can also be converted based on time zones to suit user
The introduction of precautionary view features allows users to
clearly see all fields that are set to secure. Users are also
prevented from being able to accidentally delete fields that are in
The usability of the release is further enhanced with the inclusion of
new out-of-the-box usage reports. These reports enable organizations
and administrators to track the frequency with which individual
reports are accessed, to determine both popular, and redundant report
At the report level, improvements to the report builder and sub query
UI make it easier to create queries and sub-queries.
“Reports are also easier to manage and build, with the ability to tag
individual reports and search for them by their tag,” said Damen. “A
new search box allows report fields to be easily searched for in the
report builder page.”
The UI has also been restyled, for a modern, sleek appearance that
improves navigability, and reflects Yellowfin’s maturity as a world-
class BI solution.
The enhanced scalability of Yellowfin 5.2 makes it easier to adapt to
the shifting and expanding needs of enterprise reporting.
“The scalability of a BI solution is critical because if there’s one
certainty, it’s that a company’s reporting needs will constantly
change as they grow, and the strategic direction or data collected
changes,” said Joynt. “Yellowfin 5.2 addresses the need for product
robustness and easy scalability by making clustering easier,
introducing the ability to share session tokens across instances, and
by optimizing Yellowfin’s start-up process to minimize dashboard
“Security is also paramount to scalability and widespread BI
deployments, so we’ve improved Yellowfin’s external user
authentication process. New features automatically log users out from
mobile devices after 20 minutes of inactivity. Additionally,
authorized users can also now apply security settings to specific user
Yellowfin 5.2 also includes a significant OLAP overhaul, with the
introduction of OLAP4j and support for PALO, BW as well as enhanced
connectivity for SQL Server 2005+.
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