Yellowfin partners with Melbourne Business School to deliver real-life experience to business analytics students

Global Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics software vendor, Yellowfin, has officially launched its industry partnership with The University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Business School (MBS), awarding the inaugural Yellowfin Award for Excellence in Business Intelligence to a group of four students enrolled in MBSMaster of Business Analytics program.

Yellowfin’s BI platform was used as a core piece of software for student learning and assessable coursework throughout MBS’ masters program, with the Melbourne-based BI vendor presenting a $2000 prize to the top-performing student group in the Master of Business Analytics Data Warehousing module (BUSA90500).

“It’s important for MBS to provide its students with practical learning opportunities as well as industry pathways and exposure,” said Master of Business Analytics Program Director for MBS, Associate Professor Jennifer George. “MBS’ partnership with Yellowfin has helped deliver those outcomes.”

To read MBS’ write-up on the partnership, GO HERE >

Using Yellowfin’s BI software, students were required to respond to a brief submitted by Carlton Group Pharmacy, providing a series of analytical sales reports to the management team about key customers as well as most profitable products, store locations and time periods.

Yellowfin CEO, Glen Rabie, who presented a guest lecture to students as part of MBS’ Master of Business Analytics program, said that Yellowfin was proud to help support MBS to develop much needed business analytics skills.

Business analytics as an industry is growing very quickly,” said Rabie. “One of the major challenges is to develop better-skilled graduates capable of fulfilling rising market demand for reporting and analytics.

“Yellowfin is thrilled to be assisting MBS cultivate more analytics talent in Australia. Yellowfin is looking forward to continuing to develop its relationship with Melbourne Business School into the future.”

The judging panel for the first Yellowfin Award for Excellence in Business Intelligence included MBS faculty and Teresa Pringle, Yellowfin’s Content Services Team Lead, who awarded the prize to the team of Leo Leng, David Loong, Andy McCall and Jason Widjaja.

“To be recognized in this way is assurance that we’re on the right track,” said Widjaja. “It’s particularly encouraging because we’ve taken skills learnt in the classroom and applied them to a fair representation of what might be encountered in a real commercial project.

“Partnerships, such as what MBS has with Yellowfin, provide important links to industry. Industry links such as this expose you to real business problems, which can be fed back into the learning experience. Learning a tool like Yellowfin, that’s actually used in practice, is an advantage when it comes to future career prospects.”

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About Melbourne Business School

Melbourne Business School (MBS) is Australia’s foremost provider of postgraduate management and executive education.

Jointly established and led by corporate Australia and The University of Melbourne, with ongoing involvement and support from the business community across all programs, MBS has delivered Australia’s first MBA program since 1963.

In 2015, the Master of Business Analytics program was introduced in response to business needs. The Master of Business Analytics program is unique in Australia in that it combines both the technical skills and knowledge required by students to become data scientists as well as the strategic perspective of business.

About Yellowfin

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, collaborative and embeddable BI as well as Location Intelligence and data visualization.

Over 10,000 organizations, and more than one million end-users across 70 different countries, use Yellowfin every day. For more information, visit

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  • Lan Hoang, MBS Communications Manager on +61 (0)3 9349 8220, +61 (0)432 160 692 or
  • Lachlan James, Yellowfin Global Communications Manager on +61 (0)3 8617 4954, +61 (0)431 835 658 or