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What is Yellowfin?

Yellowfin is a cloud-based business intelligence and dashboarding platform.

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Popular Features

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  • Formatting capabilities (12)
  • Customizable dashboards (12)
  • Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (12)
  • Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (12)
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Entry-level set up fee?

  • Setup fee optional
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  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $250 per month
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Product Demos

Business Intelligence: Emerasoft presenta Yellowfin (29 novembre 2012)


Yellowfin BI - iPhone demo 2


Yellowfin Demo 05 02 2016, 12 34


(22)Frozen Yellowfin Tuna w/ Stir Fry ala Mardie (Cooking Demo #22)


SkillsForge YellowFin Business Intelligence Reporting Demo - Reports, charts and dashboards


Demo of the BVS Yellowfin Wimax Test Receiver

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BI Standard Reporting

Standard reporting means pre-built or canned reports available to users without having to create them.

Avg 8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

Ad-Hoc Reports are reports built by the user to meet highly specific requirements.

Avg 8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

Ability to schedule and manager report output.

Avg 8.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Data Discovery and Visualization is the analysis of multiple data sources in a search for patterns and outliers and the ability to represent the data visually.

Avg 8.0

Access Control and Security

Access control means being able to determine who has access to which data.

Avg 8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Support for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

Avg 7.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

APIs are a set of routines, protocols, and tools for used for embedding one application in another

Avg 7.9
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Product Details

What is Yellowfin?

Yellowfin is an analytics suite that combines action based dashboards with automated analysis and data storytelling.

By aiming to deliver the best analytical experience, Yellowfin provides users with ways to engage with and act on their data, and addresses the needs of data analysts, business users, customers and developers who want to build, deploy or use amazing analytical experiences.

Analytics for software companies

Integrate and embed analytics with a difference into your app.

  • Replace legacy or home grown reporting tools

  • Embed a modern self-service analytics suite

  • Deliver an exceptional customer experience

Analytics for enterprise

Get more value from your data in new and innovative ways.

  • Migrate from spreadsheets to a modern analytics platform

  • Replace legacy BI applications

  • Embed analytics into operational workflows

Analytical Application Builders

Leverage your domain expertise to create data products that delight

  • Create unique data driven applications

  • Close the loop on analytics

  • Deliver insights as a service

Yellowfin Features

BI Platform Features

  • Supported: Administration via Web Interface
  • Supported: Live Connection to External Data
  • Supported: Snapshot of External Data
  • Supported: In-memory data model
  • Supported: OLAP (Pre-processed cube representation)
  • Supported: ROLAP (SQL-layer querying)
  • Supported: Multi-Data Source Reporting (Blending)
  • Supported: Data warehouse / dictionary layer
  • Supported: ETL Capability
  • Supported: ETL Scheduler

Supported Data Sources Features

  • Supported: MS Excel Workbooks
  • Supported: Text Files (CSV, etc)
  • Supported: Oracle
  • Supported: MS SQL Server
  • Supported: IBM DB2
  • Supported: Postgres
  • Supported: MySQL
  • Supported: ODBC
  • Supported: Cloudera Hadoop
  • Supported: Hortonworks Hadoop
  • Supported: EMC Greenplum
  • Supported: IBM Netezza
  • Supported: HP Vertica
  • Supported: ParAccel
  • Supported: SAP Hana
  • Supported: Teradata
  • Supported: Sage 500
  • Supported: Salesforce
  • Supported: SAP
  • Supported: Google Analytics

BI Standard Reporting Features

  • Supported: Pixel Perfect reports
  • Supported: Customizable dashboards
  • Supported: Report Formatting Templates

Ad-hoc Reporting Features

  • Supported: Drill-down analysis
  • Supported: Formatting capabilities
  • Supported: Predictive modeling
  • Supported: Integration with R or other statistical packages
  • Supported: Report sharing and collaboration

Report Output and Scheduling Features

  • Supported: Publish to Web
  • Supported: Publish to PDF
  • Supported: Output Raw Supporting Data
  • Supported: Report Versioning
  • Supported: Report Delivery Scheduling
  • Supported: Delivery to Remote Servers

Data Discovery and Visualization Features

  • Supported: Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
  • Supported: Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
  • Supported: Predictive Analytics
  • Supported: Support for Machine Learning models
  • Supported: Integration with R or other statistical packages

Access Control and Security Features

  • Supported: Multi-User Support (named login)
  • Supported: Role-Based Security Model
  • Supported: Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
  • Supported: Report-Level Access Control
  • Supported: Table-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
  • Supported: Field-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
  • Supported: Single Sign-On (SSO)

Mobile Capabilities Features

  • Supported: Responsive Design for Web Access
  • Supported: Mobile Application
  • Supported: Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding Features

  • Supported: REST API
  • Supported: Javascript API
  • Supported: iFrames
  • Supported: Java API
  • Supported: Themeable User Interface (UI)
  • Supported: Customizable Platform (Open Source)

Yellowfin Screenshots

Screenshot of Location IntelligenceScreenshot of Yellowfin DashboardScreenshot of Yellowfin SignalsScreenshot of Yellowfin MobileScreenshot of Yellowfin Sales KPIs

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Introduction to Yellowfin

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Yellowfin Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android, Mobile Web
Supported CountriesAll
Supported LanguagesJapanese, English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Thai, Chinese

Frequently Asked Questions

Yellowfin is a cloud-based business intelligence and dashboarding platform.

Yellowfin starts at $250.

Tableau Server, QlikView, and Tableau Desktop are common alternatives for Yellowfin.

Reviewers rate Formatting capabilities highest, with a score of 7.1.

The most common users of Yellowfin are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).

Yellowfin Customer Size Distribution

Small Businesses (1-50 employees)5%
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)80%
Enterprises (more than 500 employees)15%
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Reviews and Ratings


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TrustRadius Insights are summaries of user sentiment data from TrustRadius reviews and, when necessary, 3rd-party data sources. Have feedback on this content? Let us know!

Useful Storyboard, Timeline, and Collaborative tools: Users have found Yellowfin's Storyboard, Timeline, and Collaborative tools to be valuable in sharing data and insights across the organization. Several reviewers have mentioned that these features allow for effective communication and collaboration among team members.

Strong Operational and Executive Dashboards: The strong Operational and Executive Dashboards provided by Yellowfin have been appreciated by users. These dashboards reflect the business KPIs and can send out prompts based on rules. Many users have praised these dashboards for their ability to provide real-time insights into key metrics.

Dynamic reports and dashboards with locational intelligence functionality: Yellowfin's ability to create dynamic reports and dashboards with locational intelligence functionality has garnered positive feedback from users. This feature allows users to visualize data spatially, enabling them to gain deeper insights into geographic trends and patterns within their data.

Slow Data Extraction: Some users have expressed frustration with the slow data extraction process in Yellowfin. They have mentioned that it takes a significant amount of time to extract data, and they are unsure if this is due to their computer or a system problem.

Integration with Google Analytics: Several reviewers have found the integration with Google Analytics to be cumbersome in Yellowfin. They have stated that it requires technical support and can be difficult to set up and navigate.

Lack of Cloud-Based Version: A common concern among users is the lack of a cloud-based version of Yellowfin. They feel that having a cloud-based option would reduce the strain on their computers and provide more flexibility in accessing and using the software.

Users frequently recommend Yellowfin for its power and versatility as a BI tool. They highly recommend it for users who need to process data and automate analytical processes. Many users suggest taking advantage of the training and resources provided by Yellowfin to fully utilize its capabilities.

Another common recommendation is for companies with a high ratio of users to developers. Users suggest that Yellowfin is well-suited for such organizations, as it allows users to easily access and analyze data without relying heavily on developers.

Users also recommend doing a Proof Of Concept (POC) of Yellowfin along with other analytics programs. This allows users to compare Yellowfin's features, functionality, and performance with other similar tools such as Tableau, Qlik, and PowerBI.

Additionally, Yellowfin's customer support is praised for resolving compatibility issues with other tools. Users have mentioned that Yellowfin works well with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and has easy deployment.

Overall, users recommend Yellowfin as a powerful BI tool that offers flexibility and comprehensive analytics capabilities.

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Score 1 out of 10
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Verified User
We signed a 3-year contract based on the great demos they provided presales. We also bought a 1-year onboarding service to help us get the data showing correctly. We spent 1 year trying to get the data to show correctly and decided after 1 year that it was not the right tool for us. We reached out to the team to see if they can adjust the contract since the tool did not meet our expectations after 1 year of trying. They would not budge from the contract. If you are thinking of buying into Yellowfin - BE VERY CAREFUL and make sure you vet out the solution before purchase - what they promise is not what gets delivered.
Luis Alcalá | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We can recommend this software without hesitation, as it has the ability to generate reports and data analysis, as well as process the data automatically, which saves time. It is ideal for small and medium-sized companies that wish to improve their services in the business world.
Score 7 out of 10
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Verified User
We use to solve our business analytical dashboarding and reporting needs. Yellowfin's dashboard helps us to share and communicate key performance indicator across our businesses like sales performance procurement analytics or financial results. We are using this to It transforms legacy BI solutions to a modern data and analytics suite.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It is well suited for situations where lots of manual data processing is required since it is able to automate this process and make it a much easier experience for everyone involved in the process. It is not well suited for a complex and specific analysis of business data and information.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
I would say if your company is not a traditional Microsoft shop and does not have the capabilities of Power BI already.. And you can stomach the cost of Yellowfin for a BI tool, then it is a great fit. However.. For our company.. The issue is that we have access to BI and for a much smaller price point, can have most of the festures of Yellowfin.
Johan Pietersen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
The agile and flexible nature of the product along side the standard APIs and technologies makes Yellowfin a strategic winner for companies looking to offer services and products into the business world where the primary focus is not simply business intelligence but where business intelligence still forms a key contributor to the overall customer solution.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Yellowfin works very well layered over an existing data warehouse and used to visualise data. We already had an extensive data warehouse solution which has grown over many years. It provides a cutting edge user interface to enable very easy access and use of the data. The view based metadata layer in particular is a big strength. Yellowfin only has CSV data imports so do not expect it to solve any traditional ETL issues.
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
Yellowfin BI is well suited within a self service BI scenario for many end users as well as for BI projects with only limited IT staff resources (department driven BI). It is also well suited whenever the ease of use and a clear user interface is necessary.
Phil Serfaty | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It is less appropriate when you need to produce a visualization quickly as it is slow to develop (compared to Tableau or Excel). However, some of this was because of the way we had our systems connected to Yellowfin (and the way the data was organized).
Samir Kumar Sahoo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Yellowfin is well suited for:

  • All type of organisations from small, medium to large enterprises applications
  • All type of users in an organisations - Business users , Analysts and consumers
  • Large clustering installation with high volume of transaction under Linux platform with high number of concurrent users
  • Low budget customer engagements
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