WebFOCUS Advisory Council Convenes to Share Best Practices, Review Product Roadmap, and Provide Feedback, Shaping Future Releases for Leading BI Software
New York, NY � June 25, 2007 � Information Builders, the leader in production business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced that the WebFOCUS Advisory Council gathered at Summit, its 26th annual user conference, in Las Vegas. The council saw new mobile report functionality first-hand, shared best practices with an elite group of peers, and provided input to shape future releases of the leading business intelligence solution. The meeting resulted in a wealth of new ideas and innovations for the next version of WebFOCUS products.
Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Advisory Council is comprised of business and technology executives from more than 50 private and public organizations from around the globe, spanning many BI applications and industries. In attendance were executives from 47 organizations, including the United States Air Force, U.S. Bank, ACE Hardware, Holland America, and others. The meeting was moderated by Information Builders executives and product managers from the WebFOCUS division as well as iWay Software, the company’s enterprise integration subsidiary.
“Information Builders continues to take its WebFOCUS offering in the right direction,” said Brian Cook, from ACE Hardware. “I’m impressed by the WebFOCUS product development team’s continued willingness to both embrace and deliver upon sound customer input. I look forward to seeing the fruits of this year’s Council meeting materialize.”
As part of the half-day gathering, customers got an in-depth look into Information Builders’ new active technologies initiative. With a sample WebFOCUS report sent to their cell phones, attendees received a first-hand demonstration of the new Active Reports functionality within WebFOCUS 7.6.1 announced during the conference. Along with portable dashboard and collaboration capabilities also announced in the release � the active technology initiative offers access to and analysis of data to everyone inside and outside of the enterprise, even when they are not connected to the Internet. By evolved the dashboard concept with Active Dashboards, WebFOCUS delivers information to mobile workers and field personnel. A complete view of users’ business is now available at a glance, with the ability to slice and dice data without being connected to the network.
The WebFOCUS Advisory Council held interactive Q&A breakout sessions and previewed new, unreleased technology in development. The feedback provided helps Information Builders shape the new technologies to support the business direction and goals of its top customers.
“A software product is only as good as its users,” said Dave Sandel, vice president of Information Builders’ Business Intelligence Division. “Information Builders’ success to date is largely due to the passionate input from our active best-practice customer community. By again enlisting the insight and vision of our elite WebFOCUS Advisory Council, we have not only conducted a ‘sanity check’ on the WebFOCUS roadmap, but helped ensure we remain on the cutting edge in proliferating the use of business intelligence to improve decision-making.”
About Information Builders
Information Builders’ award-winning combination of business intelligence and enterprise integration software has been providing innovative solutions to more than 12,000 customers for the past 30 years. WebFOCUS is the world’s most widely utilized business intelligence platform. It provides the security, scalability, and flexibility needed at every level of global extended enterprises. Its simplicity helps create executive, analytical, and operational applications that reach dozens to millions of users. Information Builders subsidiary iWay Software provides state-of-the-art, multi-purpose integration engines that address all SOA, application, data, and information management requirements. Its integration adapters have been adopted by the leading software platform providers. Together, these products give Information Builders’ customers the ability to live up to the company motto: Your business. No Barriers.
Information Builders’ customers include most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,600 people and has more than 350 business partners. http://www.informationbuilders.com.