Information Builders' Tools Now Put More Analytics in Users' Hands
The business intelligence software maker is putting more analytics in the hands of end users with guided data discovery, a responsive portal for practically all device classes and Apple Watch support.ORLANDO, Fla.—Celebrating its 40th year, New York-based business intelligence specialist Information Builders announced today new updates and enhancements to its software platforms that the company expects will pave the way for another 40 years of helping knowledge workers glean business-boosting insights from their company data. One of the most enabling new capabilities is an Auto Linking feature in WebFocus, the company's BI and analytics platform, which bridges the gap between disparate analytical content for users and avoids a repeat of the "Excel hell" for enterprises seeking to move past spreadsheet-based BI, Jake Freivald, vice president of corporate marketing for Information Builders, said here. In a typical organization, developers are approaching business analytics independently of one another, with little thought to how users are expected to connect the dots. "Some are developing reports, some are developing a portal, and some are reporting some kind of visualization. No end user should know or care that there are different developers developing those things," Freivald told eWEEK. Users are then left to pull data and manage it themselves using self-service tools. Instead of leaving workers to their own devices, Auto Linking provides a guiding hand. Working off the WebFocus platform's inherent visibility into what developers are doing, Auto Linking surfaces relevant visualizations, reports and other analytical data related to their queries.
"WebFOCUS Auto Linking is the industry's first technology to automatically provide this capability for all enterprise data elements, and we're excited to bring the benefits to our global customer base," said Information Builders CEO Gerald Cohen, in a statement. "The technology underscores the power of having one unified platform, as it allows organizations to maximize data exploration without IT support or prior analytics knowledge."