SOURCE: Information Builders

Information Builders

June 01, 2015 09:30 ET

Information Builders Celebrates 40 Years of Innovation at Summit 2015

BI and Analytics Provider Unveils Advanced Mapping, Responsive Portal, and Apple Watch Capabilities at Annual User Conference

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwired - Jun 1, 2015) - Today at its 2015 Summit User Conference, Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity, and integration solutions, announced three new capabilities that build on the company's 40 years of innovation in the BI and analytics industry. The advancements -- which include Apple Watch capabilities, improved mapping functionality, and an enhanced BI and analytics portal -- support the company's dedication to ongoing product evolution and the incorporation of next-generation technology into customers' information management strategies.

Since its inception in 1975, Information Builders has been a pioneer in the BI and analytics space. Its flagship product, WebFOCUS, delivers rich, consumable, interactive information to the widest range of employees, managers, analysts, partners, and customers, helping to make BI and analytics truly pervasive across organizations. The company's one-of-a-kind InfoApps™ deliver sophisticated BI technology via an easy "app-store" like experience, enabling users of all tech levels and backgrounds to easily access and use sophisticated BI from the palms of their hands. Information Builders strives to continually deliver these types of innovations for its customers across industries and is excited to unveil its latest enhancements at Summit 2015. These include:

  • Apple Watch Capabilities - The recently released Apple Watch represents the future of wearable innovation, and Information Builders is delivering a new and convenient way to view important BI alerts directly from the Apple Watch interface. The new Apple Watch Glance capability for WebFOCUS Mobile Faves will provide KPI alerts using BI information already subscribed to by a user's Mobile Faves app on an iPhone or iPad. Watch users can quickly view a BI summary via the KPI Glance alert, swipe to see other KPIs, and create a bookmark to use when reviewing the full report later on an iPhone or iPad. This allows for the effective use of the Apple Watch's capabilities in conjunction with other mobile devices and further extends real-time BI access to an even broader base of users, which improves business responsiveness

  • Mapping Enhancements - Geographic information systems (GIS) and advanced mapping tools offer a sophisticated visual addition to traditional BI and reporting capabilities. With the volume of location data growing across industries, Information Builders has further enhanced its relationship with Esri, the leading developer of GIS software. Using Esri's functionalities out of the box, users can easily create maps to visualize metrics related to their data. Esri's robust mapping capabilities within WebFOCUS enable users to uniquely analyze problems, integrate business, and map data at an enterprise level, visually drive processes, render events in real-time, and present data in a visually pleasing, easy to interpret format. With this enhancement, Information Builders is empowering users to access core GIS functionalities without any prior knowledge. This enables all enterprise stakeholders to use whatever information they need, when and how they want it, further equipping a broader base of users with the ability to analyze and implement data visually

  • Responsive Portal - The WebFOCUS BI and analytics portal delivers an app-store like experience for users to access an array of BI content, including dashboards, visualizations, reports, charts, graphs, maps, and interactive InfoApps. The newly enhanced WebFOCUS 8.1 BI portal features responsive design functionality that allows developers to easily craft portal pages that automatically adapt to the screen size and device on which they are viewed, delivering an optimized experience from any mobile device and further supporting Information Builders' "build once and deploy anywhere" approach. This new feature reinforces the company's dedication to delivering superior end-user interaction and customized business content. The integration of responsive design components also helps guarantee that a broader base of users has access to complete, sophisticated BI and analytics to ensure optimal user adoption

"Today's technology world is evolving at an incredible pace. Adopting a forward-thinking approach to technology development is critical in order to stay ahead of the curve," said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO, Information Builders. "For 40 years Information Builders has focused on equipping our customers with cutting-edge, market-leading technology that helps them make sense of their data and advance their businesses. We are extremely proud to be leaders in BI and analytics innovation for the past four decades, and we look forward to building on that legacy during the 40 years to come."

Summit 2015 is taking place May 31 - June 4 in Kissimmee, Florida. Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@infobldrs), Facebook, and Instagram for all the latest from the show, and get involved in Summit conversations using the #IBSummit hashtag.

About Information Builders

Information Builders helps organizations transform data into business value. Our software solutions for business intelligence and analytics, integration, and data integrity empower people to make smarter decisions, strengthen customer relationships, and drive growth. Our dedication to customer success is unmatched in the industry. That's why tens of thousands of leading organizations rely on Information Builders to be their trusted partner. Founded in 1975, Information Builders is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices around the world, and remains one of the largest independent, privately held companies in the industry. Visit us at informationbuilders.com, follow us on Twitter at @infobldrs, like us on Facebook, and visit our LinkedIn page.