Bunn-O-Matic Corporation Refreshes Its BI Capabilities With Information Builders WebFOCUS
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 26, 2009) - Bunn-O-Matic Corporation is keeping its staff
better informed, thanks to a new business intelligence (BI)
environment from Information Builders that delivers relevant data
throughout its organization. Nearly 100 staff members are currently using
WebFOCUS, the pervasive BI platform that is putting fact-based insights
directly into the hands of people who need it, when they need it.
Bunn-O-Matic relies on an ERP system to run a Lean Manufacturing operation
that involves the production, sale, and distribution of industrial and
retail beverage equipment. WebFOCUS was chosen to replace several tools
used for reporting purposes, including Cognos ReportNet.
Bunn-O-Matic's IT team was impressed by the scope, power, and flexibility
of the WebFOCUS platform to enhance their management reporting. The use of
parameter-driven reports allows users to be more self-sufficient.
Bunn-O-Matic purchased WebFOCUS and enlisted Information Builders
Professional Services to train a few key developers. The team quickly
replicated some essential reports and then set out to create new reporting
capabilities by combining data stored in disparate DB2 and SQL Server
databases. Since Bunn-O-Matic's ERP data in DB2 was on an AS/400 iSeries
computer and its service systems data was in Microsoft SQL Server on a
Windows server, combining data into unified reports had been nearly
impossible with the old reporting system. Thanks to WebFOCUS and the iWay
DB2/400 adapter, it is now possible to join information from these
dissimilar data storage systems.
One of the most decisive breakthroughs involved WebFOCUS Active Reports, which combines data and interactive
capabilities in a single file. Accessible via a user's desktop or mobile
computer, this tool enables
Bunn-O-Matic's sales staff to run reports and perform their own sorting,
filtering, configuring, and charting of data -- without the help of the IT
Bunn-O-Matic uses WebFOCUS DataMigrator to pull data out of the ERP system
and convert it into a useful reporting format every night. The sales team
receives up-to-date sales statistics each morning. Embedded access
restrictions keep them from viewing each other's information. WebFOCUS
enforces segregation of the data without limiting the visibility of
critical information. Parameterized reports meet the unique needs of a
variety of users, even though they are all running the same basic reports.
Bunn-O-Matic also uses WebFOCUS ReportCaster to e-mail reports to both
customers and internal users. Reports are set to run on schedules, so
recipients know when to expect them daily, weekly or monthly; some reports
go out as frequently as two or three times a day.
"With WebFOCUS, Bunn-O-Matic has put enhanced reporting capabilities into
the hands of the people who need it most without straining their IT
department beyond its means," said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO of
Information Builders. "WebFOCUS lets each user find information through
parameterized reports more quickly than ever before."
Bunn-O-Matic Corporation designs and manufactures innovations in commercial
beverage equipment and home coffee brewers. Headquartered in Springfield,
Illinois, the organization has been helping customers create the perfect
cup of coffee since 1957.
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. Information Builders also offers solutions in
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activity monitoring, and
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and innovate according to their needs.
Information Builders' customers include 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. More information is available at informationbuilders.com.
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