Information Builders’ Customers Achieve Significant ROI From Operational BI Implementations

WebFOCUS Helps Customers Recognize the True Value of BI With Launch of Million Dollar Program

New York, NY – September 26, 2005 – Information Builders, the enterprise business intelligence (BI) standard of choice for organizations around the world, today announced that it has initiated a Million Dollar ROI program that documents the success customers have had with operational BI applications built with WebFOCUS. The program was developed to highlight the numerous customers who have experienced savings in the millions as a direct result of their WebFOCUS applications. The program includes an ROI assessment from a team of impartial, independent, unbiased financial researchers, interviewers, and facilitators who analyze the savings from a WebFOCUS application at no charge to the customer.

Many customers have successfully reaped the benefits from their investment in Information Builders solutions. For example, The Hillman Group, a $365-million manufacturer of key-making equipment and other small hardware components, has implemented a highly scalable WebFOCUS enterprise BI and reporting solution that integrates with existing applications and resources to create one encompassing view of the enterprise. Now everyone from executives to frontline workers can leverage operational business intelligence capabilities providing them with accurate business information that has drastically improved bottom-line results.

Lloyd’s of London has also found ROI success by leveraging Information Builders’ flagship WebFOCUS product to integrate seamlessly with the company’s operating platform. The organization has since experienced a reduction in processes and an increase in guaranteeing timely, controlled processing in an easy-to-use manner, improving overall productivity and decreasing operational costs.

For those companies that have successfully migrated to a single tool set, the benefits can be substantial. For example, La Petite Academy uses one enterprise business intelligence platform, WebFOCUS, to consolidate various data sources and create a common set of reporting tools that any of its 650 academies and supporting staff nationwide can use. “We looked at several business intelligence suites before deciding to go with Information Builders’ WebFOCUS,” says Walt Tracy, CIO of La Petite Academy. “WebFOCUS addresses our needs by helping our academies better manage business processes and our field management improve academy performance. The reusability and speed of development of WebFOCUS reports and integration capabilities will save us substantial time and money.”

Unlike traditional uses of business intelligence applications, operational BI extends the high-quality, actionable business information that BI applications generate to many different types of employees throughout the enterprise as well as to external partners and customers outside the walls of an organization. Information Builders has pioneered the application of operational BI and continues to be at the forefront of the industry.

Gartner Analyst Andrew White notes, “Users need to align analytics capabilities across the range of decision-making points to increase the amount of insight that can be gained and to reduce latency in the decision-making processes � the time between being notified of a problem and resolving the problem1.”

“It’s not about just making IT cost-effective anymore, but also about finding ways to generate new profit centers. If a company’s BI applications are not yielding them savings of at least a million dollars, then the true potential of the software is not being realized,” said Gerald Cohen, founder and CEO of Information Builders. “Leading companies such as Alcan and RBC Royal Bank have achieved significant ROI with Information Builders products and continue to implement the technology in additional areas of the organization for added investment benefits.”

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About Information Builders

Information Builders, a $300 million company, is the leader in enterprise business intelligence and real-time operational reporting. The company’s WebFOCUS product � the industry’s most secure and flexible � is able to meet all the reporting needs of the extended enterprise, ranging from analysts to power users to the widest deployments for hundreds of thousands of users. Additionally, WebFOCUS’ empowerment of organizations seeking to leverage all their data by accessing it all – from legacy to data warehouse – is unmatched.

Information Builders’ award-winning technology has successfully provided quality software and superior services for 30 years to more than 12,000 customers, including most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,750 people and has over 350 business partners.