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Information Builders Introduce WebFOCUS Active Reports

Originally published November 4, 2005

Information Builders, the enterprise business intelligence (BI) standard of choice for organizations around the world, recently 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.

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.

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