Lyzasoft recently introduced the latest version of its collaborative business intelligence software, Lyza. The version 2.0 release blends business intelligence and Web 2.0 technologies, allowing analytical communities within an enterprise to synthesize data from many sources, visually analyze the data, and socialize their findings among the workgroup - all via an entirely self-serve model.
The visualization highlights of the new release include chart micro-tiling, improved user format controls, ad hoc visual data drilling, n-dimensional charting, advanced sorting controls, and a wide range of powerful functions for adding custom fields to charts.
The collaboration highlights of the new release include a web environment that allows authorized users to search, bookmark, combine, create, tag, share, comment, rate, relate, and interact directly with intelligence content in the form of blogs, microblogs, charts, tables, dashboards, and collections. This web environment is built upon Lyzasoft's unique workflow lineage technology, which allows consumers of analytic assets to audit on-demand the calculations and logic used to create the asset they are viewing. It also incorporates SMS and email alerting, allowing community members to watch for new publications, comments, or updates from people of interest or on topics of interest.
Scott Davis, CEO of Lyzasoft, tells 5 Minute Briefing that "the latest release of Lyza adds two vital pieces of context to any analysis it is used for. The first is data integration lineage which enables the user to see where specific data points came from originally, how they were transformed by business rules and how they are being used in any given analysis. The second context is adding business dialogue around the analysis by enabling activities such as microblogging and auditing of calculations. Both of these contexts are provided as metadata about the analysis that is bound to the report object and move with it wherever it is sent."
The blend of BI and Web 2.0 approaches makes it possible for a broader array of users to easily add context to information by engaging in conversation, modification, and re-distribution of information assets-with all of these activities woven into the searchable metadata on the intelligence assets themselves. By deeply integrating the context-rich social interactions of the analytical community with the assets around which those conversations revolve, Lyzasoft's approach makes it easier for a wider array of users to find relevant information and to understand how that information would be best applied to their decisions.
The new version of Lyza is available immediately for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. For more information and a free 30-day trial version of Lyza, go here.