SOURCE: Information Builders

October 09, 2007 08:57 ET

Information Builders WebFOCUS Included in New IBM DB2 Web Query for System i Solution

Breadth and Depth of Offering Makes New Query Product the Best Choice for Global SMB Clients

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 9, 2007) - Information Builders, the leader in production business intelligence (BI) systems, today announced that WebFOCUS has been incorporated into the new DB2 Web Query for System i product now shipping from IBM. DB2 Web Query was specifically designed for the System i business computing platform.

In addition to providing a complete, single solution for business intelligence, DB2 Web Query replaces IBM's Query for iSeries or Query/400. DB2 Web Query is designed to allow Query/400 reports to immediately become Internet-enabled and easily take advantage of DB2 Web Query's new capabilities without undermining customers' investment in Query/400. This will significantly impact the large number of System i users in the small- and medium-sized business communities, by simplifying and lowering the cost of BI while allowing them to fully utilize their investment in the System i platform.

This is the first time WebFOCUS has been sold as a private label or original equipment manufacturer (OEM) version by IBM or any other major system vendor. This is also the first time WebFOCUS has been made a part of a strategic software stack, validating the strength of this product and its presence as a strong enterprise tool for channel resellers.

"The delivery of IBM DB2 Web Query is a true milestone in the continuing growth and success of our company and our products," said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO of Information Builders. "Through our IBM relationship we are harnessing the System i sales force and IBM business partners to substantially multiply the number of people selling WebFOCUS-based products around the globe."

There are thousands of companies, such as UTZ, Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Hydril and DME, currently using System i that either use WebFOCUS today or will benefit from the new DB2 Web Query product. DB2 Web Query runs natively on their platform and has the ability to access all the essential databases on System i.

"We see the delivery of the IBM DB2 Web Query for System i as the latest step in our initiatives to increase the value of our systems for clients and make System i the center of our customers' business intelligence initiatives," said Doug Mack, marketing manager for DB2 for i5/OS at IBM. "With the availability of this product, customers can continue to expand the use of System i for a new class of Web-based BI applications."

About Information Builders

Information Builders' award-winning combination of business intelligence and enterprise integration software has been providing innovative solutions to more than 12,000 customers for the past 30 years. WebFOCUS is the world's most widely utilized business intelligence platform. It provides the security, scalability, and flexibility needed at every level of global extended enterprises. Its simplicity helps create executive, analytical, and operational applications that reach dozens to millions of users. Information Builders subsidiary iWay Software provides state-of-the-art, multi-purpose integration engines that address all SOA, application, data, and information management requirements. Its integration adapters have been adopted by the leading software platform providers. Together, these products give Information Builders' customers the ability to live up to the company motto: Your business. No barriers.

Information Builders' customers include most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1600 people and has more than 350 business partners. More information is available at www.informationbuilders.com.

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