Information Builders Continues Its Market Leadership and Innovation With Enhancements to Portable Business Intelligence Offering

Active Reports Enhancements Make Mobile BI Easier; 2006 Industry Firsts Include Enterprise Search, Process-Driven BI, and AJAX

New York, NY – September 28, 2006 – Information Builders, the enterprise business intelligence (BI) standard of choice for organizations around the world, today announced new enhancements to the company’s Active Reports that improve the performance of its portable BI solution. In addition, the company announced it has completed the first half of 2006 with a number of other industry-leading innovations. As the leader in operational business intelligence, Information Builders has continued its trailblazing history with the introduction of intelligent search, process-driven business intelligence, and AJAX.

Bringing BI With You

WebFOCUS Active Reports, the industry’s first portable business intelligence solution, enables users to leverage portable analytics capabilities to obtain critical business information whenever, wherever, and however they need it. This week, Information Builders announced a number of enhancements and improvements to Active Reports that increase the speed and quality of the reports being rendered. Charts and graphs from the product can now be exported to Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. The speed at which the product delivers reports to users has also been cut down from 18 seconds to three seconds.

Googlizing BI

In March, Information Builders was the first business intelligence vendor to roll out a solution that harnessed the power of enterprise search, BI reporting, and integration technology to tap into previously inaccessible and unsearchable enterprise records. WebFOCUS Intelligent Search combines iWay integration technology with the Google Search Appliance and an easy-to-use Google front-end that requires no user training.

The iWay Enterprise Index, which brings together iWay’s industry-leading application integration technology and the Google Search Appliance to create a completely new way to tap information within the enterprise has resulted in rapid, at-your-fingertips retrieval of information that previously would have been locked up in proprietary information systems.

Since March, many customers have tested and evaluated the WebFOCUS Intelligent Search and iWay Enterprise Index for implementation within their organizations.

The Next Generation of Business Intelligence

In a software sector more than 30 years old, being inventive and creative isn’t a luxury, but a necessity. The days of simple query and reporting are over. In today’s increasingly complex global economy, organizations are looking for ways to monitor and adapt their business in real time and business intelligence software needs to mature and grow with them. In the spring, Information Builders introduced process-driven business intelligence as the next wave of BI’s future. Information Builders unique pairing of BI and enterprise integration technology offers customers a way to effectively address efficiency at the business-process level, reducing costly errors while improving overall agility, responsiveness, and profitability.

Process-driven BI from Information Builders includes capabilities such as alerts, analytics, visualization, and reporting. It also enables intelligent decision-making to be embedded within business processes, based on a variety of conditions, and determines how the process flow should be executed for more effective results.

Breaking Ground With AJAX

In April, Information Builders launched WebFOCUS Power Painter, a first of its kind innovation that produces powerful reporting and analytics in a thin-client environment. Until the release of Power Painter, Web technology lacked the capability to deliver a truly robust interface similar to the desktop. The first release of Power Painter is geared to the needs of the power user, but it’s the beginning of a strategy to deliver a single tool to address the wide range of needs of everyone from information consumers to advanced developers.

By offering a new and thin-client development environment that uses AJAX 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 user’s skill-level as function and capability can be customized to specific individual needs.

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’s 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

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