by Mark Smith | 2012-12-04 | Article ID: QT12-71 | Article Type: QuickTake
Business intelligence software supplier Information Builders recently announced enhancements to its product lines in a number of areas. In the realm of big data, it has improved its WebFOCUS platform’s performance and scalability with the release of WebFOCUS Hyperstage, an in-memory technology for managing caching of analytics results. In the development arena, Information Builders is changing direction, moving to the new Application Studio product for creating WebFOCUS applications. This simplifies the development experience for analysts and IT users, facilitating assembly of applications, dashboards or portals. It also speeds deployment of information and analytics while bypassing tools that are too developer-centric for business users.
On the business intelligence front, WebFOCUS Performance Management Framework (PMF) integrates analytics, visualization and alerts to help uncover root causes behind failures to meet goals and objectives. It’s designed to help organizations manage performance, not just improve it. On its BI platform, Information Builders has embedded and extended R, a statistical modeling environment with predictive analytics capabilities. The company’s Magnify search platform scales up to handle big-data stores and assesses sentiment within text. WebFOCUS now directly connects to Facebook, an important source of data, to process text on a large scale to determine individual users’ sentiments and potential intentions. Information Builders also introduced a new generation of visualization capable of dealing with a range from business charts to statistical analysis. The company has integrated the Moonbeam HTML 5 catalog to support rendering from Web browsers on computers and tablets, making it adaptable for future analytics use across platforms and tools. For mobile applications, Information Builders provides a native deployment application in the Apple App Store to which WebFOCUS can publish. We advise organizations seeking to provide more and easier analysis of today’s ever-increasing kinds and volumes of data to look at Information Builders’ evolving approach.