Industry’s First AJAX Painter for Power Users of BI Content

New York, NY and Orlando, FL – April 25, 2006 – Information Builders, the enterprise business intelligence (BI) standard of choice for organizations around the world, announced the launch of WebFOCUS Power Painter, a first of its kind innovation that produces powerful reporting and analytics in a thin-client environment. Until now, Web technology has lacked the capability to deliver a truly robust interface similar to the desktop. While this initial release is geared to the needs of the power user, this is the beginning of a strategy to deliver a single tool to address the wide range of needs of information consumers to advanced developers.

Business intelligence platforms need to deliver information on demand to both information producers (developers) and information consumers (operational employees, managers, partners, and customers). Power users are the business individuals that span both categories. WebFOCUS Power Painter is the first product to deliver the rich usability of a windows graphical design through an intuitive thin-client interface, allowing power users to develop sophisticated business intelligence content.

With WebFOCUS Power Painter, enterprises will be able to simplify all aspects of report design, development, and administration, fostering an environment of self-service reporting and enabling rapid report production and accessibility for less technical users. Business users will be able to define reports, charts, and compound publishable documents that can be accessed and customized by other information consumers and help satisfy thousands of unique information requests.

WebFOCUS Power Painter is the first tool of its kind to provide multiple levels of scalability. By offering a new and thin-client development environment that uses AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) technology, WebFOCUS Power Painter can scale to a large number of users as it is easily administered as a thin-client Web tool, and can also scale to a users’ skill-level as function and capability can be customized to specific individual needs.

New features in WebFOCUS Power Painter also include:

  • Autoprompting – automated prompting for parameter-driven reports

  • Coordinated compound reports – simple generation of reports that combine multiple objects from various data sources in a collated compound document

  • A new library of controls – enabling users to use the richness of a Windows desktop directly in their browser

  • Customizable user interface – interface can be customized to the skill-level of each user

“Information Builders has been on a continuous mission to provide the most comprehensive business intelligence platform to meet the information needs of all users and applications across the enterprise,” said Gerald Cohen, CEO of Information Builders. “The introduction of WebFOCUS Power Painter shows our continued commitment to leading edge innovation and our ability to fill an emerging information gap in the business community.”

WebFOCUS Power Painter will be generally available in Q3 2006.

About Information Builders

Information Builders is the leader in enterprise business intelligence and real-time operational reporting. The company’s WebFOCUS product � the industry’s most scalable, 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 over 31 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. For more information, visit