Information Builders Shows the iWay

By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 2004-05-31 Print this article Print

Information Builders' iWay Software subsidiary is forging an adapter deal with Sun.

NEW ORLEANS—Information Builders Inc. held its Summit User Conference here last week, making several announcements, including a disclosure that its iWay Software subsidiary is forging a deal with Sun Microsystems Inc. under which Sun will distribute a package of some 25 iWay adapters, optimized for the Sun ONE environment, to integrate Sun systems with other environments.

At the conference, iWay President John Senor outlined to attendees a future direction for iWay that includes so-called Smart Connections, or packaged integrator processes. These are intended to integrate systems at the business-function level, a higher level than that served by current iWay adapters, Senor said.

iWay also unveiled SOAPswitch 5.5, a wizard-driven Web services adaptation tool, based on technology acquired from Actional Software last year, that lets users deploy iWay adapters.

New York-based Information Builders also announced a business performance management framework built on its flagship WebFocus business intelligence and Web reporting product. The framework includes dashboards, performance metrics, management methodologies and financial reporting applications built on the WebFocus platform. The framework is certified by Balanced Scorecard Collaborative Inc.

In addition, the company announced WebFocus Express, a version of WebFocus designed to let ISVs and VARs build applications on the platform more quickly and cost effectively. Information Builders also announced the availability of WebFocus controls for BEA Systems Inc.s BEA WebLogic Workshop 8.1, designed to provide a mechanism for accessing WebFocus reporting functionality from the WebLogic Workshop.

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Stan Gibson is Executive Editor of eWEEK. In addition to taking part in Ziff Davis eSeminars and taking charge of special editorial projects, his columns and editorials appear regularly in both the print and online editions of eWEEK. He is chairman of eWEEK's Editorial Board, which received the 1999 Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press. In ten years at eWEEK, Gibson has served eWEEK (formerly PC Week) as Executive Editor/eBiz Strategies, Deputy News Editor, Networking Editor, Assignment Editor and Department Editor. His Webcast program, 'Take Down,' appeared on He has appeared on many radio and television programs including TechTV, CNBC, PBS, WBZ-Boston, WEVD New York and New England Cable News. Gibson has appeared as keynoter at many conferences, including CAMP Expo, Society for Information Management, and the Technology Managers Forum. A 19-year veteran covering information technology, he was previously News Editor at Communications Week and was Software Editor and Systems Editor at Computerworld.

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