Business Intelligence Provider Yellowfin Seeks Database Boost

posted on 4/7/2011 3:06:43 PM

The reporting and analytics capabilities of business intelligence software are intimately connected to the databases that underlie it; BI provider Yellowfin aims to increase its capabilities through a tie-up with Ingres.

Yellowfin, a provider of business intelligence software, recently announced that it has signed a new database partner to help speed its BI reporting and analytics tools.

Ingres Corp. has certified Yellowfin’s eponymous business intelligence offering for integration with Ingres’ VectorWise analytical database. The Yellowfin-VectorWise bundle will be sold as a complete business intelligence package, the companies said in a statement. No pricing details were available at presstime.

Yellowfin maintains relationships with other database providers as well. Since 2006, its BI software has been certified on IBM’s DB2 database. And a 2008 agreement with database purveyor Sybase, now owned by BI vendor SAP, linked Yellowfin’s reporting and analytics software with the Sybase IQ database. A Yellowfin spokesman told Managing Automation that those alliances remain in force.

The Transaction Processing Performance Council, a nonprofit industry group that establishes benchmarks for database performance, lists Ingres’ VectorWise in first place on a list of the best-performing, single-cluster databases at 100 GB.

For business intelligence customers using the combined Yellowfin-Ingres offering, "There's no need for costly hardware upgrades or BI tuning to…achieve data analysis of big data stores at record-breaking pace with minimal demand on IT resources," Yellowfin CEO Glen Rabie said in a statement.

In the same statement, Fred Gallagher, general manager of Ingres’ VectorWise unit, called Yellowfin “an ideal partner for Ingres," adding that the BI company’s values and mission are well aligned with Ingres’.

One year ago, Yellowfin released version 5.0 of its business intelligence offering, touting new in-memory technology that it said helped speed reporting and analytics. At the time, Rabie said that the in-memory technology would obviate the need for “the complex and expensive processes of developing ETL scripts and data warehouses.”

Yellowfin is not the only business intelligence software vendor to enlist the help of in-memory technology and database improvements to bolster BI performance. SAP, which crashed the business intelligence market with its 2008 acquisition of Business Objects, recently detailed plans for HANA, its in-memory appliance. And Oracle, which upped its BI cred with its 2007 takeover of Hyperion, has lately focused much attention on its Exadata database offerings, which combine Oracle database software and the company’s acquired Sun Microsystems hardware in pre-packaged configurations designed for maximum performance.