Australian-based global Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics software vendor, Yellowfin, has officially launched its industry partnership with La Trobe University, presenting the inaugural Yellowfin – La Trobe Business Analytics Challenge award during the La Trobe Analytics Symposium 2016, hosted at The Westin Melbourne (205 Collins Street).
The award was presented to the best performing participant in Yellowfin’s symposium session, Visual Analytics Workshop and Competition. Workshop participants received an intensive three-hour Yellowfin training course, and were then given the challenge of building a set of Yellowfin reports and dashboards for a specific target audience.
Yellowfin has supported the La Trobe Business School’s Master of Business Analytics course (LMBAN) throughout 2016, providing access to free Yellowfin licenses for student learning and teaching purposes, while also delivering a guest tutorial during the second semester.
La Trobe Business School’s Program Director for Business Analytics, Associate Professor Kok-Leong Ong, said that providing students with the opportunity to make industry connections and access leading software applications was an important part of the learning experience.
“La Trobe’s Master of Business Analytics includes strong industry partnerships to ensure that students can further their professional careers and keep abreast of the latest developments in the field,” said Ong. “As an Australian headquartered and developed analytics product, Yellowfin is a company that the La Trobe Business School is excited to be working with in order to provide students with the type of industry exposure required for success.”
Yellowfin Co-Founder and CEO, Glen Rabie, said that Yellowfin was pleased to be working with the La Trobe Business School to nurture homegrown analytics talent.
“Currently, both Australian and global workforces are experiencing an analytics skills shortage as many more organizations seek to extract value from their data,” said Rabie. “Assisting academic institutions at the forefront of BI and analytics education to meet that rising demand is essential. Yellowfin is proud to be working with La Trobe Business School to give the next generation of information workers the skills they need to help organizations truly benefit from business analytics.”
Winner of the inaugural Yellowfin – La Trobe Business Analytics Challenge, Kunal Pundir, said that learning new BI skills and applying them to potential real-life scenarios was highly beneficial.
“Yellowfin’s visual analytics workshop and competition provided a solid grounding in an industry standard product, while directly connecting that learning with outcomes that could benefit real-world organizations,” said Pundir.
Yellowfin is a global Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics software vendor passionate about making BI easy. Founded in 2003 in response to the complexity and costs associated with implementing and using traditional BI tools, Yellowfin is a highly intuitive 100 percent Web-based reporting and analytics solution. Yellowfin is a leader in Mobile BI, Collaborative BI and Embedded BI, as well as Location Intelligence and data visualization.0