BI Additions Aid Data Access
Hyperion and Information Builders update their business intelligence offerings with an eye toward easing data integration.New business intelligence offerings from Hyperion Solutions Corp. and Information Builders Inc. are targeting enterprise BI needs for usability, integration and data integrity. This week Information Builders will announce Version 7 of its WebFocus BI platform, and last week Hyperion announced updates to dashboard technologies in its BI platform and compliance management product. Both companies are attempting with these releases to make it easier for users to access and manage more relevant data. Information Builders is strengthening ties between its core WebFocus product and data integration tools from its iWay subsidiary. Using the management console in this release of WebFocus, customers will be able to access iWay adapters; extraction, transformation and loading tools; and Web services development tools. The move adds data integration and management capabilities to WebFocus core query, reporting and analysis capabilities.
In addition, Information Builders, in New York, is introducing autonomic server and capacity planning capabilities so that the WebFocus server can, in effect, manage itself in response to user demands. Also being introduced are more front-end wizards to allow nontechnical users to run self-service analyses.