New York, NY � March 14, 2007 � Information Builders, the leader in production business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced an agreement with IBM (NYSE: IBM) to distribute a special version of Information Builders’ WebFOCUS business intelligence suite for the IBM “all-in-one” System i business computing platform. The new WebFOCUS offering will target the full breadth of the System i marketplace, from small businesses to enterprise users.
“Business intelligence continues to be an area of significant growth and, with so much of the world’s data being stored in DB2 databases, it makes sense for us to provide better analytical capabilities around that data,” said Jim Herring, director IBM System i products. “We know the importance of providing the Web-based business intelligence functionality necessary to support a modern organization and feel confident this new offering will do just that.”
IBM has hundreds of thousands of System i clients around the world. The offering will enable both Information Builders and IBM to bring Web-based BI capabilities to one of IBM’s major customer bases. The new product will be available to all IBM clients via current distribution channels.
“The significance of this agreement is that by having WebFOCUS fully integrated within the System i software stack it simplifies access to all of the information in the environment, and makes BI available to a much wider audience,” said Gerald Cohen, CEO Information Builders. “Thousands of System i customers will now have direct access to WebFOCUS .”
The new product will be generally available later this year.
About Information Builders
Information Builders, an innovator for more than 30 years, makes the most widely deployed business (BI) intelligence solution and is the leader in production BI. WebFOCUS, the company’s flagship product, is a comprehensive and fully integrated business intelligence platform whose architecture and simplicity permeate every level of the extended enterprise � executive, analytical, and operational. Developed with all users in mind � regardless of technical skills � it is the most secure and flexible solution in the market, helping organizations build applications that have no barriers, and scale from a dozen to hundreds of thousands of users. Information Builders is the only vendor to offer its own integration solution with iWay Software. The seamless integration with WebFOCUS, creates unrivaled access to any information source.
Information Builders’ award-winning technology has successfully provided quality software and superior services 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 1,500 people and has more than 350 business partners. www.informationbuilders.com