Information Builders has announced the release of its new cloud-optimized WebFOCUS business intelligence and data analytics platform. The “cloud-first” release is highlighted by improvements in packaging, deployment, data connectivity, data preparation, and data visualization. The new version of WebFOCUS also features simplified workflows and a revamped user experience. The product is supported by Information Builders’ cloud-based managed services and will update every two weeks with new features and ongoing maintenance.
The WebFOCUS platform features self-service analytics and data discovery, a visual discovery insight mode, predictive capabilities, and more. WebFOCUS can deploy secure applications to millions of users, and governance functionality enables metadata-driven delivery across an organization. The platform also extends beyond dashboards for executives and analysts by operationalizing data and analytics for line-of-business users.
The Information Builders cloud-first release offers a redesigned home page and intelligent search functions that allow users to quickly sift through large data volumes. Unified data access capabilities look, feel, and function identically whether they are used for analytics, data preparation, or other functions. There’s also improved data preparation and data flow development that enables higher-quality insights. An enhanced user interface provides the tools necessary for content creation that supports the need for agile data visualization as well.
In a statement to Solutions Review about the new Information Builders cloud WebFOCUS release, the company’s Senior Vice President of Engineering Eric Raab told us: “In today’s digital environment, more and more organizations are demanding cloud-based solutions that enable them to innovate and create value with the speed at which the world now operates. That requires improved management, availability and scalability, and that’s what we’re providing with the release of a cloud-first WebFOCUS platform, our latest effort to lead the industry’s transition to the cloud.”