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Information Builders

November 18, 2015 08:26 ET

Information Builders Certifies WebFOCUS With Apache Drill

Integration Enables Self-Service Exploration on Multiple Data Formats in Hadoop

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Nov 18, 2015) - Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity, and integration solutions, today announced that Apache Drill has been certified with its WebFOCUS BI and analytics platform. Customers can now more quickly leverage Drill to uncover real-time business insights from all their data in Hadoop and other sources.

Apache Drill is the industry's first schema-free SQL engine for big data. It provides the flexibility to immediately query complex data in native formats, while offering the ability to derive timely insights with minimal IT involvement. Because SQL queries can run directly on various file formats, live data can be explored as it is received, versus spending weeks preparing and managing schemas and setting up ETL tasks. Additionally, Apache Drill supports ANSI SQL, so users can easily leverage their SQL skills and existing investments in BI tools.

Information Builders' WebFOCUS delivers rich, consumable, interactive information to the widest range of employees, managers, analysts, partners, and customers. The flexible BI and analytics platform features self-service and mobile BI tools, customizable dashboards and scoreboards, dynamic report distribution, and InfoApps™ functionality, which enable a broad range of end users to easily and effectively use BI findings. The integration of WebFOCUS with Drill gives users the ability to access and use large and diverse data sets that are housed in the Apache Hadoop framework.

"Apache Drill opens the doors for Information Builders users to gain direct access to semi and unstructured data, without the need to first approach IT for any schema creation or maintenance," said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO of Information Builders. "This flexibility, coupled with Drill's performance and scale, enables a comprehensive platform that speeds the time to insight from any data source. Information Builders' certification of Drill further highlights our commitment to providing our customers with the most advanced technologies for maximizing value from their data."

"Recognized by InfoWorld as one of the best open source big data projects for the year, Apache Drill brings unprecedented flexibility and performance to end users directly working with a wide range of data sources such as JSON," said Steve Campbell, senior director, Business Development of MapR Technologies. "Information Builders' certification of WebFOCUS with Drill adds tremendous value as it extends the power that BI and analytics platforms can provide to organizations leveraging their big data to rapidly identify actionable insights."

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