White Papers and Technology Briefs by category

Analytics

Information Builders now provides partners with the ability to embed analytics within their in-house or SaaS solutions without having to learn how to use a new tool or rewrite existing reports.

This white paper discusses mobile business intelligence: what it is, how it is evolving, what applications exist today, and how to address security concerns. It also highlights the WebFOCUS BI platform, which provides advanced mobile capabilities, and real-world success stories.

This white paper presents a vision for patient-centered accountable care, and describes a new integrated approach for healthcare organizations to achieve their goals.

This paper describes several reasons why your organization should buy versus build business intelligence, reporting and analytics components into your applications.  Benefits include lower total cost of ownership, quick time to value (weeks, not months), and improved customer retention via advanced reporting and analytics capabilities. Download the paper to find out how your app can benefit from embedded BI and analytics.

In this white paper, we investigate worst practices in predictive analytics. We discuss why these actions can derail predictive analytics initiatives, what steps can be taken to avoid making such mistakes, and the key steps required for building and deploying effective predictive applications.

This paper presents effective solutions to help government agencies prevent overpayment, waste, and fraud across numerous programs. It highlights the three primary components of holistic fraud detection and prevention: data integration, analytics, and fraud prediction.

This paper outlines the nine critical technology capabilities for a game-changing business intelligence (BI) application: SaaS, extensibility, social analytics, location intelligence, predictive analytics, performance management, data quality and master data management, data integration, and big data. Information Builders establishes impactful relationships with leading organizations to help customers differentiate themselves using these capabilities.

This paper highlights key requirements for successfully building and deploying SaaS-based BI applications for external users, and how some companies are using the WebFOCUS BI platform to make vital, timely corporate information available outside the firewall.

This paper discusses the incorporation of predictive modeling capabilities into the WebFOCUS BI platform and highlights how this advanced functionality can dramatically improve decision-making, thus reducing risk and costs while increasing revenues and profits.

Analytics, Business Strategies, Data Management & ETL

Part 3, “The ‘Consumerization’ Requirements of Information Delivery,” is the final installment in the research series “Health Insurance Executives Brace for New Information Imperatives.” It explores the user interface requirements uncovered during the research and focuses on the need for user self-reliance in accessing, interfacing with, and using the information required for more effective and efficient personalized decision-making.

Recent studies confirm that customer service has a profound impact on profitability. This white paper covers seven exciting technology innovations that can empower businesses to optimize customer service in today’s multi-channel world. You’ll learn about customer-facing and mobile business intelligence (BI), predictive and sentiment analytics, master data management, and other tools that enhance the quality of customer care by streamlining activities and increasing the productivity and performance of support teams.

Part 2, “Managing the Complexity of Healthcare Information,” of the three-part series, “Health Insurance Executives Brace for New Information Imperatives,” presents research findings on generating business impact and value by providing actionable information to consumers. It explores the use of information technology to enhance the decision-making processes by simplifying the review of data to enhance and clarify the indicated outcomes.

This report is Part 1 of a three-part series, Health Insurance Executives Brace for New Information Imperatives, sponsored by Information Builders and The Gorman Group. It outlines the research findings regarding the changes in demand for information from a diverse set of healthcare information consumers – from health insurance management, support, and operational staff to individual customers, professionals (brokers), healthcare providers, and governmental entities that provide, monitor, and regulate the industry. 

Analytics, Management & Administration

This white paper describes five innovative technology-driven solutions that can help companies to overcome the challenges in implementing and enforcing formal GRC policies and procedures. It covers big data integration and management, business process automation, advanced and predictive analytics, and other tools, as well as real-world case studies.

Analytics, Business Strategies

Learn how providing self-service access to information about existing government services dramatically enhances public service by improving communication and increases internal efficiency by minimizing the number of inquiries the public makes to obtain routine information.

Learn how providing self-service access to financial services information dramatically enhances customer service by improving communication and increases internal efficiency by minimizing the number of customer inquiries.

Learn how providing self-service access to retail information dramatically enhances operational efficiency by improving communication and increasing productivity on key activities across the supply chain.

Learn how providing self-service access to insurance information dramatically enhances customer service by improving communication and increases internal efficiency by minimizing the number of customer inquiries.

Learn how providing self-service access to manufacturing information dramatically enhances operational efficiency by improving communication and increasing productivity on key activities across the supply chain.

This research report, sponsored by Beacon Partners and Information Builders, summarizes insights and opinions from a recent roundtable discussion convened in New York City. The panelists, comprised of a cross-section of prestigious healthcare organizations, hammered home a truth: Business intelligence is not just a marker of what we are doing and how we are doing it. It is also a conduit to shared information, analytic insights, and collaborative decision-making for business and clinical initiatives at both operational and strategic levels. BI is both the starting gun and the path to a victory lap. Download the report now to learn more.
 

This paper explores the concepts of data stewardship, the practice of monitoring, measuring, managing, and reporting on data integrity, data policies, and data performance. It highlights three comprehensive suites – Data Quality, Master Data, and Integration – to facilitate effective data stewardship in any traditional, complex, and big data scenario.

This paper demonstrates the significant impact that advanced social media analytics can have on various aspects of marketing and customer experience management. It highlights Information Builders’ comprehensive portfolio of solutions, which provides a unique approach to social media analytics.

Predictive analytics can help organizations improve many facets of sales and marketing. In this white paper, we'll share some best practices for building and deploying predictive models in sales and marketing environments.

This paper discusses how customer demands have led to recent changes in the data warehouse market. As a result, companies and departments of all types and sizes can leverage advanced data warehouse solutions to facilitate effective use of innovative business analytics and support of various mission-critical BI initiatives.

In this white paper, we’ll provide insight that will help organizations apply the Mobile First strategy to their business intelligence (BI) implementations. Learn about key considerations for creating reporting and analysis environments for mobile devices, such as small screen sizes, device and delivery preferences, and varying connectivity and bandwidth constraints. We’ll also introduce InfoApps™, intuitive, visually compelling, and easy-to-use apps that allow mobile users to immediately discover the answers to numerous mission-critical business questions.

Analytics, Business Strategies, Complementary Solutions

Information Builders' latest release, WebFOCUS 8, is a comprehensive BI platform that supports the four main elements of an information strategy: data integrity, business intelligence (reporting and analysis), performance management, and advanced analytics. This white paper takes an in-depth look at those four elements and shows how WebFOCUS 8 empowers businesses to more effectively manage them, enabling smarter decisions from everyone in the enterprise.

Business Strategies

Combined, business intelligence and enterprise search can serve as a key enabler of optimized operational performance, providing decision-makers with a single, simplified point of access to the broadest range of data and content that offers insight into data and information that had not previously been possible.

Want to know why Business Intelligence (BI) applications succeed and BI tools fail? This white paper presents the six worst practices in BI and analytics, and helps you to avoid them. You'll learn from the experiences of BI experts and information specialists and avoid mistakes such as Worst Practice #1: "Buying What Analysts Want Instead of Considering the Needs of Others". It's a great guide to help you think through how to use BI to enable a culture where everyone is empowered to make better decisions. This paper has been updated for 2014.

The success of the BI environment, as with any technology, is predicated on establishing the right practices for implementation, roll-out, and usage. Designed to help SMBs learn from the mistakes of others, this paper provides insight into the four worst BI practices. It also offers guidance on avoiding and overcoming these worst practices,
in order to tap into the true power of BI and achieve success.

Five vital actions are essential steps in a well-executed information strategy in financial services: strategize, align, govern, execute, and optimize. When working in harmony, these actions improve processes, increase productivity, and enhance decision-making. This white paper explores how to use them to develop an effective and broad-reaching information strategy.

This white paper illustrates how to leverage processes, technology, and industry best practices to successfully sell a business case for data governance. Ten critical steps are outlined and Information Builders' intelligence, integration, and integrity solutions are presented in aiding effective data governance.

Five vital actions are essential steps in a well-executed information strategy in maufacturing: strategize, align, govern, execute, and optimize. When working in harmony, these actions improve processes, increase productivity, and enhance decision-making. This white paper explores how to use them to develop an effective and broad-reaching information strategy.

Five vital actions are essential steps in a well-executed information strategy: strategize, align, govern, execute, and optimize. When working in harmony, these actions improve processes, increase productivity, and enhance decision-making. This white paper explores how to use them to develop an effective and broad-reaching information strategy.

This paper lists 5 things you need to know before you begin planning your BI application, so you can better understand the blend of capabilities needed to address end user requirements.

A firm’s supply chain is the essence of how it delivers value to its customers. Deploying a supply chain performance management solution is a challenging process. This paper outlines critical steps and key factors in optimizing performance management for your entire supply chain.

An information strategy defines how an insurance company will use the data it collects to achieve a competitive advantage. A well-executed information strategy is a comprehensive, constantly evolving plan that encompasses five distinct actions: strategize, align, govern, execute, and optimize.  This white paper explores how these five actions can help insurance organizations develop an effective and broad-reaching strategy that drives positive change.

The features and benefits of Information Builders' Performance Management Framework (PMF) extend and complement the already powerful WebFOCUS environment. But the solutions are very different from each other. This paper describes and contrasts both solutions to help you better understand how PMF and WebFOCUS can work together.

Even though manufacturers have the raw data they need, transforming that data into real information and insight that fosters better decisions requires powerful processing. Business intelligence helps manufacturers by integrating technologies and data from across the enterprise to deliver the right information to the right people at the right time.

Business Strategies, Complementary Solutions, Data Management & ETL

This paper explores the NIEM government standards, which ensure all levels of government and industry share accurate, timely, and appropriately secured information. Readers will learn about enterprise integration and data quality management technologies, and how they play an important role in the execution of NIEM initiatives.

Analytics, Business Strategies, Scalability

WebFOCUS Hyperstage, a query-optimized data store, embeds directly into the WebFOCUS environment to significantly accelerate the speed and efficiency of WebFOCUS applications, particularly those that handle high numbers of queries or consume large volumes of data.

What sets WebFOCUS apart from competing business intelligence (BI) solutions? It comes down to the strength of our products, our core values, and the commitment of our people. In this white, paper we present several critical technologies that differentiate WebFOCUS, and detail eight key reasons why WebFOCUS is the better BI choice.

Business Strategies, Data Management & ETL

In this white paper, we compare the real-time approach to data quality management with higher-latency approaches, demonstrating the superiority of real-time efforts compared with batch and near real-time techniques when it comes to time, money, and corrupt data.

Today’s media outlets and professional prognosticators are all a-twitter about how predictive analytics, SoLoMo (Social, Location, and Mobile), big data, unstructured data, cloud computing, and other innovative concepts are changing business. In this white paper, we’ll get behind the buzz to show how to support new growth strategies and drive new revenue using eight important technologies.

The road to a successful master data management (MDM) program can be full of detours and dead ends. In this white paper, Dan Power and Julie Hunt from Hub Designs identify the eight worst practices when planning and designing a MDM and data governance program, and show you to get it right.

This white paper outlines six simple, yet highly effective steps for fixing your bad data. You'll learn how to garner executive support for a data quality management program, and what processes you'll need to follow to ensure optimum integrity in your data. It also highlights best practices in data quality as well as real-world success stories.

An information strategy defines how a retailer uses the data it collects to achieve a competitive advantage. In this white paper, we explore how retailers can develop an effective and broad-reaching information strategy that drives positive change using five distinct actions: strategize, align, govern, execute, and optimize.

Business Strategies, Management & Administration

In this paper we discuss the importance of making proactive risk management a key element of any performance management effort.

Business Strategies, Complementary Solutions

In this paper, we discuss the most critical factors to consider when selecting a solution to support a mobile BI environment.

Complementary Solutions

Improvements in technology, environmental impact, cost of ownership, and data-warehousing and BI capabilities have made IBM System z a highly desirable data warehousing platform. With WebFOCUS for System z Data Warehousing, businesses can align the advantages of the platform with the requirements of the business application.

With a clear strategic focus, enterprise-wide business intelligence, and a formal best practices process for executing strategy, colleges and universities can navigate the operational challenges of data access and performance management to increase enrollment, retention, and student success. This white paper shows you how.

IBM partnered with Information Builders Incorporated to deliver DB2 Web Query for IBM i to provide a query and reporting tool to meet the majority of the BI needs of most IBM i shops.

Business Intelligence can help retail executives, warehouse staff, customer services agents, and everyone in your retail organization realize new retailing innovations, improve margins, and propel profits to new heights.

iWay Service Manager's Secure Messaging Option allows buisness users, and their  partners, to enhance the security and harden the integration infrastructure used to exchange messages between organizations.

Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)  –  a highly evolved approach to integration that transforms IT service delivery  –  can significantly improve business agility and streamline business processes.  A good enterprise service bus (ESB)  –  a component of SOA used to develop services  –  can enhance SOA by enabling a loosely coupled relationship between service interfaces and applications, minimizing code-writing and facilitating service changes without requiring intimate knowledge of underlying enterprise systems.  This paper discusses the relationship between ESB, loose coupling, and the effort needed to align IT with business process owners in order to ensure a successful SOA implementation in any organization.

This paper illustrates how various police departments implemented successful crime center solutions via Information Builders' Law Enforcement Analytics (LEA), using BI, analytics, and GIS mapping to improve critical decision-making, increase efficiency, and make their cities safer.

Data Management & ETL

This paper examines the challenges healthcare organizations currently face when it comes to providing high-quality patient care. It also highlights Omni-Patient™ and explains how it is helping healthcare organizations enhance the patient experience across the continuum of care.

This paper defines data governance, discusses its importance in the insurance sector, and provides eight steps for taking such an approach.

Critical manufacturing information often exists in many disjointed silos and can be difficult to unify. This paper defines data governance, discusses its importance for manufacturers, and provides seven steps for taking such an approach.

Insurers have to collect information, consolidate it, manage its quality, process it, and distribute it. Every important activity depends on data. It's not enough to work with your data. To be competitive, you must master it. This white paper explores how insurance data mastery drives business success. It identifies the critical challenges and recommends a solution.

Financial services firms are plagued with information management challenges, which can lead to poor data quality. This paper defines data governance, discusses its importance in the financial services sector, and provides seven steps for taking such an approach.

At a time when agencies are forced to do more with less, the accuracy and consistency of information is crucial. Data governance enables agencies to access the full value of data, while protecting that data from risk.

Analytics, Data Management & ETL

This paper explores the real-world challenges healthcare providers face when considering big data and analytics. It highlights a use case study and a comprehensive strategy for implementing big data analytics within an organization.

This white paper discusses the importance of data quality management as it relates to predictive analytics and explores various methodologies for assessing and improving data quality. It highlights best practices in preparing data for predictive analysis purposes and how poor data quality can negatively impact predictive modeling efforts.

Analytics, Architecture, Data Management & ETL

This white paper demonstrates how Hyperstage can respond quickly to database requests and effectively scale to support large volumes of data. It also compares Hyperstage to OLAP and in-memory analytics solutions, and explains what makes Hyperstage superior.

Analytics, Business Strategies, Development & Deployment

How to Deliver Self-Service Analytics to Everyone

This paper examines the shifting roles of analysts, business users, and IT in the business intelligence landscape, and demonstrates the importance of empowering functional managers and front-line workers with fast, easy, self-service access to critical information from a multitude of sources. We’ll discuss the most effective ways to expand BI beyond the analyst realm, reduce the reporting burden on IT staff, introduce a next-generation BI portal that delivers more information to more people than ever before, and discuss InfoApps™, easy-to-use apps that provide business users with quick, accurate answers to specific business questions.

Development & Deployment

In spite of the abounding myths, mobile BI (business intelligence) doesn't have to be expensive, hard to implement, or difficult to use. In fact, companies that choose the right mobile BI solution, with the right capabilities, will realize low TCO and rapid ROI, while empowering their mobile users with the ability to access and interact with timely, complete corporate information from any smartphone or tablet.

Management & Administration

Learning Circle improves educators' capacity to make data-driven decisions, set goals based on academic achievement results and intervention strategies, and then achieve those goals.

Today's organizations require a best-of-breed performance management platform. Information Builders' Performance Management Framework is a powerful, comprehensive solution that facilitates the effective, efficient management of both financial and operational performance across an entire enterprise.

This paper discusses how government agencies can create and maintain a comprehensive, broad-reaching single view of the citizen strategy using Information Builders' integrity, integration, and intelligence solutions.

Legacy Extension

As of Release 7.6.10, FOCUS is enabled to run on the system z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) engine. This white paper demonstrates the types and approximate amounts of FOCUS workload transferred to the zIIP under various conditions, and the resulting cost reductions.

This white paper looks at ways that you can save money by doing more with your current investment in IBM's z/OS mainframe.

Business Strategies, Data Management & ETL, Management & Administration

Information Builders, specialists in the field of health integration, offers a health information exchange solution that creates a portal where hospitals, physicians, and other providers can engage in the meaningful use of electronic health records.

Business Strategies, Data Management & ETL, Scalability

To frame big data analytics, you need to identify the purpose of the project, connections to existing data, and the context for the analysis. Master data establishes the context and connections that are absent from most big data analytics. In this white paper, you'll learn how master data management (MDM) and its companion, data governance, can also improve data quality and provide other enhancements to your big data analytics initiative.

Analytics, Business Strategies, Data Management & ETL, Management & Administration, Scalability

A Joint Study From Information Builders and IDG Research Services

Do organizations understand the transformative power of their information? The answer is yes, according to a recent global survey conducted by Information Builders and IDG Research Services. But it’s not all good news. In this white paper, you'll see that according to the survey – which spanned a mix of IT professionals, business decision-makers, knowledge workers, and operational employees from France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, and the U.S. – enterprises are failing to fully leverage the potential of information.

A Joint Study From Information Builders and IDG Research Services

Although companies realize the importance of making information available to as many people as possible, a recent study conducted by IDG Research Services and Information Builders shows they are only rolling out advanced business intelligence (BI) capabilities to executives and senior managers. Frontline workers, customers, and partners are left struggling to access the vital information they need to drive performance and competitive advantage. In this Research Brief, we delve into the current organizational mindset towards information assets, and focus on how today’s businesses are approaching information management.

Analytics, Business Strategies, Data Management & ETL, Scalability

See how cloud-based services, predictive analytics, social media analytics, big data, and mobile computing are combining to take business intelligence and business analytics beyond traditional boundaries and transform the way critical decisions are made.

Data Management & ETL, Scalability

This white paper shows how Information Builders' WebFOCUS BI platform and IBM PureSystems work together to reorient and optimize IT practices for cloud computing, resulting in higher ROI.

The way companies do business is constantly evolving. IT has become the strategic center of organizations around the world, yet investments must be scalable and flexible enough to meet the pressures of today’s high-speed business world as well as emerging technology innovations. It is becoming increasingly difficult for organizations to develop IT capabilities that scale to meet these ever-changing demands.

This white paper explores what it means to “visualize responsibly” by addressing five key questions you should ask to avoid the pitfalls and limitations of most data discovery tools:

  • Can you empower all decision-makers, not just a select few?
  • Are rogue dashboards creating more questions than answers?
  • How do you ensure data integrity and prevent flawed insights?
  • What costs are associated with in-memory limitations?
  • Can you add advanced analytical capabilities with ease?

We’ll outline the criteria for data visualization success and provide key features of the technology required to achieve it. Case studies demonstrate how leading organizations are leveraging self-service analytics to help everyone make better, fact-based decisions.

Interest in transforming data from business applications into actionable information has created a resounding explosion in offerings for business analytics. The amount of data generated and captured across multiple sources can be overwhelming. New analytical capabilities capitalize on your big data as well as data stemming from a wide array of applications, including sales, inventory, marketing, loyalty, web, finance, mobile, sensors, and other systems. Incorporating market-leading analytics into your application helps you improve your value proposition and drive new revenue while letting your development staff focus on your core functionality.

Scalability

As the demand for SaaS grows, providers can leverage advanced business intelligence to provide significant and measurable impact to the enterprise.

Analytics, Architecture

This white paper explores the types of reporting and analysis functionalities that SaaS users need, and the BI capabilities SaaS vendors must incorporate into their solutions to meet those demands. It presents some real-world successes and highlights the WebFOCUS BI platform as the ideal choice for SaaS vendors to extend their offerings with advanced BI features.