Information Builders Introduces Industry’s First Portable Business Intelligence Solution

Launch of WebFOCUS Active Reports Addresses Growing Operational Business Intelligence Demand

New York, NY – November 4, 2005 – Information Builders, the enterprise business intelligence (BI) standard of choice for organizations around the world, today announced the industry’s first truly portable business intelligence solution. WebFOCUS Active Reports enables users to leverage portable analytics capabilities to obtain critical business information whenever, wherever, and however they need it. By providing customers with the ability to manipulate and understand data through dynamic reports, regardless of their connection to a network, Information Builders continues to extend the power of business intelligence to frontline workers wherever they may be. A sample report is available for you to demo at

Faced with competitive market pressures and heightened customer-retention needs, organizations are continuing to expand the use of business intelligence across the enterprise. Frontline workers are now becoming BI users, required to access critical data to be proficient at their jobs. These users need dynamic reports with calculations, filters, and visualizations even though they may not be connected to the Internet, such as while traveling or working remotely. WebFOCUS Active Reports’ portable analytics empowers users with near-real-time, direct data access in a familiar format, increasing productivity and enhancing decision-making capabilities, which directly impacts the organization’s bottom line.

“Today’s business organizations struggle to enable a decentralized and far-flung workforce,” said Eric Rogge, vice president and research director at Ventana Research. “Bottlenecks in information distribution from a distant corporate headquarters can hamstring field operations. A key requirement for business intelligence technology going forward will be to efficiently bridge between centralized information management and distributed information analysis and use.”

Unlike interactive BI solutions that operate only in one environment, WebFOCUS Active Reports can be created in both connected and disconnected modes. This enables users to view and interact with reports regardless of their connection to the network, eliminating the requirement for a cube or report server. Users are also able to separate combined reports and deliver a particular output to other users through WebFOCUS ReportCaster, saving valuable resources required to rerun queries and recreate individual output for solitary recipients.

With WebFOCUS Active Reports, an international consumer packaged goods provider can leverage portable reporting to streamline the inventory processes for managers. Instead of waiting for reports from the corporate office, employees can access data directly from the warehouse and reassess information in near-real-time to maximize inventory levels, check distributor performance and optimize warehouse efficiency.

Portable reporting also has an impact outside the walls of the enterprise. For financial services organizations, BI is frequently used for customer-facing applications. Bank customers typically require online viewing of statements and credit card bills. In most cases consumers are only able to read or print the bill as is, limiting the information that can be viewed. If the bill is delivered with WebFOCUS Active Reports, users can customize the information they want to view, resorting the data such as by the highest charge or a specific timeframe.

Other key product highlights include:

  • Intelligent search engine � a customizable search function that provides users with the ability to search data across multiple columns

  • Visual representation � incorporates chart and graph presentation formats to ease the pain of complex metrics

  • Security � facilitates securing delivery of information transmission and stored reports

  • Overall ease of use � no training is required for nontechnical users since reports emulate other outputs and include intuitive icons for simplistic efficiency

“As a hardware fastener supplier to most major retailers in the United States, we constantly look to improve order filling and in-stock ratios,� says Jim Honerkamp, CIO of The Hillman Group. �Delivering intelligent, actionable information to our field service representatives improves our service and the bottom line of our business. Information Builders Portable Analytics can deliver that intelligence in an offline, interactive format, which should empower employees to more easily contribute to a company�s overall success.”

“Business intelligence continues its proliferation across the enterprise and we have witnessed the evolution as BI has made its way out of the back office and onto the shop floor, the home office, and the sales field,” said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO of Information Builders. “For the past 30 years we have provided customers with cutting-edge technology and innovative strategies to support organizational success. The advent of portable business intelligence builds on our pioneering spirit and commitment to customer requirements.”

About Information Builders

Information Builders, a $300 million company, is the leader in enterprise business intelligence and operational Web 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 7,000 customers and 10,000 sites, 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.