A key consideration when buying an embedded analytics solution is not only whether it supports embedding of charts and reports, but that it can integrate analytics in a way that is indistinguishable from the experience of your application. Learn what white-label BI is.
Today’s best embedded business intelligence (BI) platforms support the ability to freely customize and rebrand the user interface (UI) to seamlessly blend analytics with your own software and brand identity, rather than stick out like a third-party add-on. This capability is referred to as white-label analytics, and it's a feature that's still not quite clear for many businesses looking to buy rather than build analytics into their software.
So, what is white label analytics? And what are benefits of white-label analytics? In this guide, we explain exactly what this new term means in the context of BI and analytics.
What does white label analytics actually mean?
White label analytics is a term used to describe the capability to integrate personalized advanced analytical software, such as dashboards and data visualization, directly into your product in a way that aligns these features with your brand and user experience.
White-labelled analytics are typically an embedded analytics solution that can be fully re-branded and customized to make the vendor's analytics look and feel like a part of your own existing business application rather than a third-party tool. It also helps maintain the same organizational feel with your brand's corporate logos, systems, and messaging.
What part of analytics can you white-label?
Using an embedded BI solution that supports white-labeling, you can re-brand and re-style various visual elements like colors, fonts and logos, as well as buttons, links, login pages, menus - and most importantly the content itself (reports, charts, dashboards).
The purpose of embedded BI vendors offering such personalization and customization options is to allow organizations wanting to adopt analytics to make analytics look like a natural part of their brand and software experience, rather than a completely separate or hastily bolted-on component. This helps encourage users to engage with and extract value from analytics while associating these features with the brand, not the vendor.
The exact flexibility of white labeling analytics, of course, depends on the BI vendor.
Yellowfin, for example, and all of its offerings, such as automated analytics (Signals), data storytelling (Stories & Present), and self-service BI (Guided NLQ) can be white-labeled and seamlessly integrated into any product. It uses comprehensive APIs, data security integration and a flexible UI to provide brands with many options to deliver an embedded BI solution that truly suits their user experience while looking like their own offering.
What makes good white-label analytics?
According to Eckerson Group’s How to Select an Embedded Analytics Product whitepaper, the best white-label analytics solutions offer a point-and-click properties editor that non-developers can use to configure and style elements without requiring any coding, but also offers the ability to use the CSS if deeper customization is required.
When it comes to use cases for white label analytics, there are many reasons, such as to:
- Embed analytics capabilities into your own native software
- Deploy standalone analytical applications with your branding
- Mirror your corporate branding for enterprise deployments
Yellowfin fully supports white label analytics as part of its embedded analytics suite, and many of our prospects ask us about why white labeling their analytics is so beneficial today. Below, we take a little more time to break down the top 5 key business benefits.
Benefit #1 - A seamless and unified user experience
Choosing to buy a BI platform that supports white labeling means you can provide a seamless analytics experience users won’t even know stems from another product.
Anyone who uses your software for their analytics needs will be able to engage with their business data as normal without the complexity or confusion that can arise from having to use a completely different looking third-party analytics solution. Their analytics will essentially look like you built it, with logos, colors and portals they already understand.
Providing people with the ability to engage with their data in one single application with a familiar UI, rather than having to export data to analyze in another competing BI solution or legacy datasheet tool (Excel, anyone?) is overall a better experience for everyone.
The best white-label analytics solutions also take functionality a step further by allowing users to take action on their data from within their regular application workflow, without having to shift to another tool for further context. This is called contextual analytics, and it's the next evolution of embedded analytics unique to the Yellowfin platform.
Benefit #2- Faster time to market
Bringing analytics into your application doesn’t have to be an exhaustive effort.
Buying an embedded solution with custom analytics supported means you don’t have to spend more resources or allocate development time into building your own BI module.
Instead, you can deliver a proven high-quality analytics experience to your software users faster and easier, while ensuring they can extract analytic value immediately.
Out-of-the-box, customers can instantly engage with the latest dashboards, data storytelling and operational reporting features, all with the same branding, look and feel they are familiar with when using your existing software application.
Benefit #3- More time to improve core product
Using an embedded analytics solution with white labeling supported means you free up your developers to focus on innovating upon and improving your core product, with significantly less cost and effort spent compared to building analytics in-house.
For example, Yellowfin's white label analytics supports drag and drop property editors and low code environments with preset styling and white labeling options, which your team can quickly leverage to match your brand to the rest of your software offering.
In contrast, building BI means dedicating development to handling user report requests and trying to match the capabilities of specialist third-party BI solutions; a long task near impossible to achieve unless you have the expertise - and that costs a lot more money.
Custom analytics eliminates all of these potential pain-points, allowing your developers to focus on the product rather than having to also become experts across analytics. And as your business and customer base grows, you can scale up your analytic offering as required without having to invest in new infrastructure or expertise.
Buying a white label analytics solution also means you gain faster, easier access to advanced features in addition to core analytics tools (dashboards and reporting). Here are some examples of sophisticated tools that white-labeling Yellowfin analytics unlocks:
Automated analytics: Also called automated business monitoring, Yellowfin allows for the white-labeling of its Signals tool, which automatically monitors, analyzes and alerts users toward trends, outliers and patterns in data, making it easier to find insights.
Data visualization: Data visualization is the ability to represent information graphically to communicate and display data in a way that makes it easier to interpret and understand; Yellowfin offers dozens of out-of-the-box stunning chart and graph types and formatting options to help data stand out your reports and dashboards.
Data storytelling: Data storytelling is the use of narrative to amplify the meaning of a dataset in a dashboard or report and contextualize it with the human element. Yellowfin provides in-built tools in its Stories and Present components that allow users to create news-style blogs and executive presentations to accompany their reporting for even greater insights, and all of it can be made to look like your brand's own created toolset.
Natural language query: Also known as NLQ, natural language query is a sophisticated capability in certain analytics solutions that allows users to ask questions of their data using everyday language to gain an answer. Yellowfin's Guided NLQ feature further simplifies the technology by showing users what and how to ask their questions.
These are just a breakdown of some of the many helpful analytical features you can seamlessly integrate into your product using a white label analytics solution, and all of it can be tailored to look and feel like your brand - far easier than trying to build analytics in-house and matching it with such offerings from specialist analytics vendors.
Benefit #4 - Increased user engagement and BI adoption
Being able to customize how analytic components like dashboards and reports look and interact with other core features in your application helps increase your brand consistency and your users’ overall engagement with embedded analytics features.
White-labeling ensures any user can begin their regular workflow as normal - view reports, etc - without ever feeling like they’re using another tool or need to use another. They can also start to engage with increasingly contextual actions, like ordering more stock, now that data is more seamlessly built into what they need to action day-to-day.
Customers are then likely to quickly associate your application as the place to be for their analytics needs, improving and accelerating their adoption of BI in a significant way.
Benefit # 5 - Sub-branding
Modern embedded analytics platforms such as Yellowfin offer additional sub-branding as part of their included white label analytics options. Sub-branding lets you apply multiple customized styles to your dashboards and reports for specially tailored experiences depending on who is accessing and using your application's analytics.
Say you host a multi-tenant application where each tenant requires its own brand to be displayed: Yellowfin’s sub-branding enables you to define tenant-specific style sheets and images so you can provide a highly unique experience for each client organization.
How to choose the right white label analytics vendor
In addition to providing the capabilities and benefits detailed above, here are some key considerations when choosing an embedded analytics vendor that offers white label analytics.
Extensive development tools: Does the white label analytics vendor offer all the tools you need across the full analytic development lifecycle? Ensure they have tools from design to integration to deployment out-of-the-box that lets your development team customize your embedded analytics effort to the exact configuration and customization standards you need to make the analytics truly a part of your brand experience.
Multi-tenancy and open architecture: Does the white label analytics vendor support your unique deployment needs? If your data is in containers, on-premises or in the cloud, ensure the solution you choose offers the high security, scalability, availability and flexibility necessary when you integrate a business intelligence platform into your app.
No lock-in: Does the white label analytics vendor offer no proprietary lock-in? An open platform means you aren’t locked into proprietary databases or development languages once you have integrated the analytics solution, and your team can instead leverage existing skills and tools to assemble and deploy your white-labeled BI solution without added stress, money or training. Yellowfin is one such example.
Trusted partnership: Does the white label analytics vendor guide you throughout the entire integration process? Ensure your chosen solution is a recognized leader in the BI and analytics space, and offers consistent communication, technical support and feature updates throughout the entire lifecycle of your white label analytics integration.
Next steps: See what white-label analytics (custom analytics) looks like with Yellowfin BI
White labeling analytics to look as close to your software as possible should be easy as possible. Learn more about how your teams can use Yellowfin to make customizing the look and feel of your white-label analytics seamless.