Information Builders Delivers WebFOCUS FLEX Enable for Highly Interactive and Visual Business Intelligence Applications
Innovation Enables Development of User-Friendly Animated Dashboards
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 30, 2008) - Information Builders, the leader in production
business intelligence (BI)
solutions, today announced the availability of WebFOCUS FLEX Enable, which
gives developers and analysts the ability to easily deliver rich Internet
applications (RIA) for business intelligence. The application engine
combines the strengths of WebFOCUS and Adobe Flex Builder to enable the
development of custom interactive and animated analytic dashboards, letting users slice-and-dice business information
for precise decision-making.
"In today's dynamic and fast-paced business environment, business users
need compelling interactive visualizations to conduct timely analysis and
make decisions," said Gerald Cohen, CEO and founder of Information
Builders. "WebFOCUS FLEX Enable is the first portable application engine
for Flex that is specifically for BI. With this innovation we have not only
transformed BI applications into user-friendly RIAs, but are supporting the
creation of Web 2.0-style dashboards that jump off the screen through
advanced interactivity, animation, and visualization."
Adobe Flex™ (Flex) is the leading Integrated Development Environment
(IDE) for interactive applications and provides a unique combination of
animation, vector graphics, interactive effects, and portability. Flex RIAs
combine the speed of desktop applications with the agility of the Web and
have become ubiquitous. In fact, industry experts predict that 60 percent
of Web applications will be RIA. According to Gartner, "A user experience
that is perceptively better than other offerings in a product category can
provide sustainable, competitive advantage."(1)
Taking BI Visualization to New Heights With Flex Enable
By combining the analytic power of Information Builders WebFOCUS with RIA
technology, WebFOCUS FLEX Enable delivers stunning data representations so
users can focus on the most relevant details, follow trends, and transform
data into a newscast-like experience. It handles complex filtering, comes
with 30 custom components and will work with any current or future version
of WebFOCUS. The engine manages data, performs useful BI functions, and
coordinates user interactions out-of-the-box, allowing developers and
analysts to focus on creating the front-end visualization and user
The fusion of RIA with BI data and analytic capabilities creates a new
generation of dashboards or "flashboards," where animation and transition
effects focus the user's attention while custom interaction guides the user
through the iterative analytic process. Flashboards make multi-dimensional
applications simple and intuitive so that any user, not only experts in
complex statistical and OLAP software, can easily gain insight into any
dimension of the business. WebFOCUS developers, Flex developers, and
advanced analysts alike can rapidly create custom BI applications in Flex
Builder, without needing to code ActionScript or MXML.
WebFOCUS Flex Enable Pricing and Availability
Flex Enable will be available in February 2008. Pricing is based on machine
size and ranges from $8,710 to $47,640 depending on platform.
About Information Builders
Information Builders' award-winning combination of business intelligence
and enterprise integration software has been providing innovative solutions
to more than 12,000 customers for the past 30 years. WebFOCUS is the
world's most widely utilized business intelligence platform. It provides
the security, scalability, and flexibility needed at every level of global
extended enterprises. Its simplicity helps create executive, analytical,
and operational applications that reach dozens to millions of users.
Information Builders iWay Software suite provides state-of-the-art,
multi-purpose, pre-built integration components that address all SOA, application, data, and information management
requirements. Its integration adapters have been adopted by the leading
software platform providers. Together, these products give Information
Builders customers the ability to live up to the company motto: "Your
Business. No Barriers."
Information Builders' award-winning technology has successfully provided
quality software and superior services to more than 12,000 customers,
including most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies.
Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company
employs 1,450 people and has more than 350 business partners. For more
information visit http://www.informationbuilders.com.
(1) Gartner, "Hype Cycle for Web and User Interaction Technologies 2007,"
July 13, 2007. ID Number: G00148212
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