Information Builders is a privately held US software company with its head office in New York. It was founded in 1975 and has more than 60 offices worldwide. The vendor’s flagship BI offering, WebFOCUS, was introduced in 1997. Information Builders also provides the iWay and Omni product lines, which are often used alongside WebFOCUS for data integration and data quality functionality.
To summarize its core competencies and products, Information Builders uses the tagline “Integration. Integrity. Intelligence”. This refers to the entire cycle of integrating, managing and analyzing data.
The vendor aims to support this process with its software and solutions tailored to customer requirements. Integration and integrity refer to solutions for data management, especially for data integration and data quality. iWay is a set of data integration tools offering more than 300 predefined connectors to different data sources. These tools have been incorporated into the Omni-Gen platform along with other platform technologies. Intelligence stands for the BI front end, WebFOCUS.
The WebFOCUS BI and analytics platform is a web-based BI environment with front ends and decision support tools for formatted reporting, ad hoc reporting, dashboards and analysis, and a custom application development environment. With WebFOCUS, BI applications can be centrally administered and published to a large group of internal and external recipients.
In the last year, the vendor has been concentrating on developing interfaces that are easier to use and configure for business decision-makers. The solution now incorporates web-based tools, such as InfoAssist+ for ad hoc analysis and self-service data discovery; BI portal designer for designing and managing group portals, dashboards and content management; as well as interactive InfoApps for non-technical consumers (especially in operative scenarios).
Supporting operational BI is actually a key strength of WebFOCUS. The solution delivers insights from data coming directly out of production systems. These capabilities have been extended across enterprises to enable analysis across any and all new systems that are engaged, including today’s cloud-based infrastructures.
User & Use Cases
This year’s BI Survey results show that Information Builders is mostly used for standard/enterprise reporting, ad hoc query, dashboards and basis data analysis. This reflects the breadth of the WebFOCUS platform.
Besides these traditional BI use cases, 76 percent of survey respondents also plan to use WebFOCUS for advanced analysis. Information Builders provides R Stat, a module with pre-defined R algorithms, which can be used for statistical analysis. R Stat results can be visualized using WebFOCUS functionality.
In the past, WebFOCUS has mostly been seen in large scenarios within large companies. However, this year’s results show that Information Builders now has a greater presence in mid-sized companies, although the median number of 513 users per customer and the mean of over 5000 users still point to broad and large-scale usage. This is also indicated by the very high average of 30 percent of employees at customer organizations who use WebFOCUS, compared to The BI Survey average of 17 percent.
Most respondents say they use the solution for what we consider to be its particular strengths: viewing, navigating and exploring data using interactive dashboard applications.
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