The motivation behind offering free BI software to students and teachers came from the realisation that for business analytics to go mainstream, the global analytics skills shortage must be addressed, says Yellowfin CEO, Glen Rabie.
“If we fail to close the current knowledge gap, many organizations will simply continue to lump analytic responsibilities on their current IT departments, and experience poor ROI as a result. To realise best practice BI, you need the right technology and the right skills,” he said.
According to Rabie, the company’s inherent belief is that BI is for the many, not the few.
“Why should not-for-profit organisations be barred from attaining the insights they need to make the best operational and strategic decisions possible, just because they don’t have the buying power of big corporations?” he said.
International analyst and advisory firm, Gartner, recently predicted that 4.4 million IT jobs would be created globally by 2015 to support big data operations, but that the majority would remain unfilled due to a skills shortfall.
Training for students will be offered via Yellowfin’s library of free training resources, available through the Yellowfin website, and YouTube channel.
Not-for-profit organisations are eligible for limited free licenses depending on individual circumstances.
Interested parties should contact Yellowfin for specific terms and conditions, and to assess eligibility.