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Information Builders BI & Analytics

In this background article we are showcasing a brief excerpt of our recently updated, independent BI & Analytics research on the software vendor Information Builders and its product range (such as WebFOCUS BI, WebFOCUS Designer and WebFOCUS BI Portal). Information Builders BI & Analytics scores better in our comprehensive research than Incorta but slightly worse than GoodData. Information Builders is the strongest in self-service BI and the least strong in artificial intelligence. Within the context of BI & Analytics, we have put together the main advantages and disadvantages of WebFOCUS, and present them by component (Business Intelligence & Data Analytics, big data, data analytics, AI and data science). We also point out the highlights of the main products such as WebFOCUS BI, WebFOCUS Designer and WebFOCUS BI Portal et cetera.

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How does Information Builders BI & Analytics score on certain components?

Score of WebFOCUS software.Figure 1: Strength-weakness analysis of the supplier Information Builders BI & Analytics. A maximum of 100% can be obtained. Source: the BI & Analytics Guide 2022. Do you want to know more about our research? Click here to download this guide.

In our study we also analyzed the various software products of Information Builders software. More than 690 criteria were used in the process. The figure below illustrates the pros and cons of WebFOCUS. Please note that Passionned Group is 100% independent of the suppliers in our guide. We do not sell licenses, we do not make deals or have done business with the supplier. Among other things, we help and advise companies in the proper selection of BI tooling.

The Information Builders analysis was conducted by collecting a lot of public big data and from there it was thoroughly analyzed. More than 2,421 documents were analyzed for this vendor. In this analysis process both algorithms and the critical eye of a senior BI expert played a key role in performing the validation.

Information Builders and their complete BI & Analytics product portfolio

Information Builders carries (a minimum of) 4 products in the realm of BI & Analytics. Starting with the most popular product of Information Builders BI & Analytics we list the most important products below:

Innovations of WebFOCUS-tools and the version history

Recently, we see a negative trend with respect to BI & Analytics functionality and support for operating systems, cloud platforms and connectivity. The latest added ‘gadgets’ are in the areas of BI infrastructure > SaaS, data connectivity > Salesforce and BI infrastructure > authentication.

We reviewed Information Builders’s most recent releases of its product portfolio. Below you can see the structure of the history of the different versions of the various BI & Analytics products of Information Builders:

Behind each product are the version numbers, the most recent updates are listed first.

What are the licensing costs of WebFOCUS BI, WebFOCUS Designer and WebFOCUS BI Portal?

It is difficult to determine exactly what a license of WebFOCUS BI, WebFOCUS Designer and WebFOCUS BI Portal costs because it depends on the country, the number of users (or the number of CPUs in the case of server software), the connectors to data sources, and at what point in the year you request a quote. If you do this a few weeks before the end of Information Builders’s fiscal quarter, you may be in for a decent discount. As part of a cloud-first strategy, it makes sense running the software in the cloud, for the most part, you only pay for your consumption then. The purchase cost of WebFOCUS BI, WebFOCUS Designer and WebFOCUS BI Portal may not be the largest amounts, but maintenance and support do put a strain on your budget each year.

The advantages and disadvantages of WebFOCUS

Tag cloud of the WebFOCUS tools.Figure 2: Tag cloud of the developed and less developed aspects of Information Builders BI & Analytics

In the following paragraphs, we name all the advantages and disadvantages of Information Builders BI & Analytics, WebFOCUS BI, WebFOCUS Designer and WebFOCUS BI Portal, et cetera. The listing in the following paragraphs is subject to change, because: Information Builders can currently work on developing functionality that closes the gaps in the product portfolio at this time (such as support for dashboards, SQL, reporting, business intelligence, big data, machine learning, R, Python, embedded analytics and analytics platform). In addition, documentation may lag behind current events.

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1. Information Builders Self-service BI

54%

Information Builders has a good rating in our objective BI & Analytics survey on the subject ‘Self-service BI’. The score amounts to 54%, relative to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: self-service data preparation, self-service reporting, self-service analysis, self-service data discovery, self-service data visualization, self-service data analytics and self-service data exploration. In total, we examined 16 criteria in this category. Would you like to learn more about the topic ‘Self-service BI’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide 2022.

2. Information Builders Business Intelligence

42%

The company has a moderate score in our 100% vendor-independent BI & Analytics survey on the subject ‘Business Intelligence’ with a score of 42%, compared to other vendors. We considered the following factors: reporting, business intelligence platform, enterprise business intelligence and business process monitoring. In total, we examined 75 criteria in this category. Would you like to go into more depth with the topic ‘Business Intelligence’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Study. Or take a deep dive in the following content:

3. Information Builders Mobile Business Intelligence

40%

The vendor Information Builders has a moderate rating in our study on the section ‘Mobile Business Intelligence’, given that they score 40% on this, relative to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: Android, iPad and iPhone. In total, we examined 11 features within this discipline. Are you planning to specialize further in the topic ‘Mobile Business Intelligence’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Study 2022.

4. Information Builders Data Governance

35%

The company has a moderate score in our objective BI & Analytics survey on the section ‘Data Governance’ with a score of 35%, compared to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: data management, data quality, data catalog, data encryption and data lineage. In total, we examined 82 aspects in this category. Would you like to go into more depth with the topic ‘Data Governance’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide. Or take a deep dive in the following content:

5. Information Builders BI Infrastructure

34%

The company has a moderate score in our objective BI & Analytics survey on the subject ‘BI Infrastructure’ with a score of 34%, relative to other vendors. We considered the following factors: authentication, infrastructure and SDK. In total, we examined 166 features within this discipline. Would you like to become more proficient in the topic ‘BI Infrastructure’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Study 2022.

6. Information Builders Big Data

33%

Information Builders has a moderate performance in our 100% vendor-independent BI & Analytics survey on the section ‘Big Data’, given that they score 33% on this, compared to other vendors. We used the following selection criteria: streaming, big data analytics, unstructured data, sensors, data lakes, Blob storage and sensor data. In total, we examined 58 aspects in this category. Would you like to learn more about the topic ‘Big Data’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide. Or take a deep dive in the following content:

7. Information Builders Data Connectivity

30%

The company has a moderate performance in our current BI & Analytics survey on the section ‘Data Connectivity’. The company scores 30% on this topic, compared to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: PostgreSQL, Google BigQuery and parquet files. In total, we examined 95 criteria in this category. Would you like to delve further into the topic ‘Data Connectivity’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide.

8. Information Builders Data Integration

28%

Information Builders has a poor performance in our objective BI & Analytics survey on the section ‘Data Integration’ with a score of 28%, relative to other vendors. The following criteria were used: data warehousing, cross-database joins, data integration jobs and Extract-Transform-Load. In total, we examined 83 selection criteria within this main theme. Are you planning to specialize further in the topic ‘Data Integration’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide. Or take a deep dive in the following content:

9. Information Builders Real-time Analytics

28%

Information Builders has a poor rating in our current BI & Analytics survey on the subject ‘Real-time Analytics’. The score amounts to 28%, relative to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: real-time, real-time data and data ingestion. In total, we examined 20 criteria within this section. Are you excited about the topic ‘Real-time Analytics’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide.

10. Information Builders Analytics

22%

The vendor Information Builders has a poor score in our 100% vendor-independent BI & Analytics survey on the subject ‘Analytics’ with a score of 22%, compared to other vendors. The following criteria were used: customer analytics, sales analytics, process analytics, operations analytics, business process analytics, usage analytics and desktop analytics. In total, we examined 127 criteria within this section. Would you like to become more proficient in the topic ‘Analytics’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide 2022. Or take a deep dive in the following content:

11. Information Builders Performance Optimization

22%

The vendor Information Builders has a poor performance in our study on the subject ‘Performance Optimization’. The score amounts to 22%, compared to other vendors. We used the following selection criteria: parallel processing, materialized views, data pipelines and cache settings. In total, we examined 29 aspects in this category. Would you like to go into more depth with the topic ‘Performance Optimization’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Study.

12. Information Builders Data Discovery

21%

The vendor Information Builders has a poor score in our 100% vendor-independent BI & Analytics survey of the theme ‘Data Discovery’. The company scores 21% on this topic, compared to other vendors. We considered the following factors: analysis, time series, data visualization, notifications, standard deviation, data storytelling and share insights. In total, we examined 394 features within this discipline. Would you like to delve further into the topic ‘Data Discovery’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide. Or take a deep dive in the following content:

13. Information Builders Multidimensional Models

21%

The company has a poor score in our independent BI & Analytics survey on the subject ‘Multidimensional Models’, given that they score 21% on this, relative to other vendors. The following criteria were used: OLAP, DAX, MOLAP, ROLAP and tabular data models. In total, we examined 16 selection criteria within this main theme. Are you planning to specialize further in the topic ‘Multidimensional Models’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide.

14. Information Builders Decision Management

19%

Information Builders has a poor score in our study of the theme ‘Decision Management’. The score amounts to 19%, relative to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: decision-making platform, decision support, decision optimization, decision intelligence, design decisions, enterprise decision management and decision flow. In total, we examined 30 aspects in this category. Are you planning to specialize further in the topic ‘Decision Management’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide 2022.

15. Information Builders Artificial Intelligence

17%

The vendor Information Builders has a poor score in our independent BI & Analytics survey on the section ‘Artificial Intelligence’ with a score of 17%, relative to other vendors. The following criteria were used: data science, algorithms, natural language processing, linear regression, business rules, cognitive services and computer vision. In total, we examined 171 criteria within this section. Would you like to learn more about the topic ‘Artificial Intelligence’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide.

Training and incompany training Information Builders BI & Analytics

We give various classes in the field of BI & Analytics but can also provide specific Information Builders training, for example as incompany. Then think about the following software: WebFOCUS BI, WebFOCUS Designer and WebFOCUS BI Portal. Of course we color such a training with the ideas of the intelligent, data-driven organization.

Final assessment: WebFOCUS scores reasonably well

Information Builders has a minimal product portfolio with which it scores reasonably well in our BI & Analytics survey. Information Builders BI & Analytics innovates (approximately) at an average rate of less than 5 features per year, is active (for now) in a few sectors, and growing high in the field of self-service BI.

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