Information Builders’ WebFOCUS is a business intelligence and analytics platform targeted toward both business and technical users. It consists of multiple self-service applications based on each user's job and skill-level (e.g. technical users, business users and data scientists), from advanced data integration and analytical tools to point-and-click applications. Popular applications include InfoDiscovery (an analytical tool), RStat (a predictive modeling tool) and ReportCaster (a reporting tool).
This platform allows business users to manage their own analytic content and assemble dashboards, while technical users can build custom "InfoApps" that provide an app store-like user experience. This system also allows for integration with commonly used programs, such as Microsoft Excel and Adobe Reader.
WebFOCUS is available for on-premise or Web-based deployment. Pricing is flexible, and options include (but are not limited to) one-time purchases, subscription licensing, application-specific licensing, cloud-based computing, lease-buyouts and specialized licensing options.
Rob from Brotherhood Mutual Insurance
Information Builders is not just a company and it doesn't sell just products and services. They are a partner who ensures that you succeed and they will not talk you into a product that you don't need. When you have a question or concern someone is always more than willing to help you out... with enthusiasm and competence. The product is dynamic and robust to ensure that the business needs are met - technically as well as in usability.
Information Builders was a little slow to innovate into the 21st century until recently. The past version of WebFOCUS felt like it was still in the early 2000's, but with the release of WebFOCUS 8 they are relevant and innovating the in analytics space.
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Andrew from Conifer Health
The company I work for has many existing reports in OLAP and other formats. They purchased WebFocus to begin building out and modernizing client portals, with more visually-appealing charts and graphs in dashboard layout. On top of this, my team and I were all brand new to WebFocus. Within a few months of implementing WebFocus, and partnering with a couple of WebFocus consultants (whom are top-notch by the way), we successfully launched our first client portal on the WebFocus platform. I joined the team earlier this year, so I wasn't involved in the evaluation process, but from what I hear of the other tools that were evaluated, we would have already surpassed their capabilities early on in our project.
From what I have seen so far, WebFocus is a very powerful BI tool, with probably more capabilities than we have would ever think of using. We've yet to reach the limits of the tool, and believe me when I say that we have tried.
The WebFocus format and language is a little different than what I already knew. So there is a learning curve. However, with some training, and the will to learn, it gets much easier in a few months.
Ian from Centimark
Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees
BI for our employees, and BI for our customer via customer facing applications.
Extreme customization. Being able to get at the code, and embed scripts and other languages opens this BI tool up to unlimited options.
While not required to use the product, learning the FOCUS language requires some time and effort. However, it really pays off in the long run!
John from Health Association Of New York
The flexibility of the WebFOCUS language and we were easily able to reproduce our old data models and deliver them to clients without interruption or major lifting once security was set up.
There's not much I don't like, there is just a steep learning curve if you want to take off quickly while having intricate security, so that's more our issue than IB.