Summit 2015: Product Highlights

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2015 Charting and Visualization Roadmap

Dan Weingart, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Beginner
Wednesday 2:45PM - 3:45PM
In this session attendees will learn about our Visualization Roadmap for 2015 and beyond. Come see examples of the latest interactive HTML5 graph capabilities as well as new visualization features for dashboards, GIS, and data discovery.

Analytical Tools Rock Concert

Vicky Lozovsky, Information Builders
Porter Thorndike, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Tuesday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
You've got InfoAssist and InfoDiscovery, now what? While InfoAssist continues to be query and analysis tool, InfoDiscovery empowers users to gain deeper insights from data. Attend this session to learn key differences between the two products and the direction they are headed.

BI Portal and Security Update

Jim Thorstad, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Monday 2:45PM - 3:45PM
In this session, attendees will learn about the changes in WebFOCUS 8.1.03, including new features for responsive web design, SAML 2.0 authentication, and more. We will also present the roadmap for WebFOCUS 8.2.00.

Getting the Most From Your Data and Metadata: What's New on the Server?

Clif Kranish, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Wednesday 1:30PM - 2:30PM
The Core Server is the technology behind the WebFOCUS Reporting Server and the DataMigrator Server - something you use every day, possibly without even realizing it. Core Server provides new features that can be accessed via the Web Console and Data Management Console to help you use and understand your data. Some of the capabilities we will cover include: data profiling that provides statistics, patterns, key analysis, and a new hexadecimal display; a new update option when creating metadata for a database table; a new JOIN facility on the Web Console for creating cluster joins in analytics and discovery; simplified functions that provide SQL-like syntax with fewer parameters; and a new Data Lineage report.

How to Train an Elephant: Accessing Data Managed by Hadoop

Clif Kranish, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Wednesday 9:45AM - 10:45AM
Many organizations now rely on Hadoop for their big data initiatives. In this presentation, we will show you how data managed by Hadoop can be staged by DataMigrator and used by WebFOCUS. We will cover how to use the data adapter for Hive and when to use Impala or Tez. You will learn how arrays and other complex Hive data types are supported, and how to take advantage of alternatives to HDFS, such as MapR-FS. We will also introduce the new Phoenix adapter for the NoSQL database HBase, which is distributed with Hadoop.

Hyperstage Functional Demonstration

Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Wednesday 11:00AM - 12:00PM
This session will provide an overview of the most up-to-date features available with WebFOCUS Hyperstage. This will include a live demonstration of the default installation, migrating data using ETLQuickCopy, DataMigrator options, and a review of the capabilities of Hyperstage technology.

InfoApps: The Future of Information Delivery

Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Wednesday 8:30AM - 9:30AM
Information consumers no longer want to call IT for a report. They don't want to open a ticket or use a tool. They dont want to wait. Period. In this session, you will see how WebFOCUS can provide users an app-like experience to interact with their data and their needs. This includes reviewing specific products, such as App Studio, InfoAssist, and the WebFOCUS Portal, all of which can be used to create and deploy WebFOCUS InfoApps.

Interested in Big Data and Hadoop?

Stephen Mooney, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Tuesday 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Are you interested in learning how iWay leverages the Hadoop ecosystem? Join us for an informative session on big data, where we will show you how iWay is harnessing the power of technologies like Sqoop, Flume, Kafka, Storm, and HDFS to provide a simplified and reliable data integration platform.

Introducing Omni-Gen (TM)

Dennis McLaughlin, Information Builders
Vincent Deeney, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical | Prerequisite: Basic understanding of master data management.
Wednesday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Do you want to know more about our game-changing approach to enable master data management (MDM) at warp speed? How much does your business problem influence how you integrate, harmonize, and govern data? Attend our session and learn how you can change the way you look at data integration, data quality, and MDM. We will introduce the key capabilities of this brand new product and also demonstrate how to build and deploy using this new integration and mastering paradigm, which will save you time and effort while reducing the complexity of implementation.

iWay Roadmap to Success

Inessa Gerber, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Tuesday 9:45AM - 10:45AM
This session will discuss new features in iWay 7, which incorporates Integration Suite, Data Quality Suite, and Master Data Management Suite. We will highlight key functionality updates, product direction, and roadmaps, as well as customer implementations and market trends that have driven expansion and new developments within the product lines.

Maximizing the Value of Predictive Analytics by Embedding Results Into Operational Apps

Bruce Kolodziej, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Beginner
Monday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
When operational applications are deployed with results from predictive analytics models, both the value of the application and information delivered increases significantly. In this session, we'll share a number of use cases that can help organizations impact their bottom lines by embedding predictive outcomes into their day-to-day activities. We'll then demonstrate a higher education example, where we will access alumni data from LinkedIn and build a model to predict the likelihood of alumni donation and the best channel for outreach.

MDM: The Foundation of Your BI Program

Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Beginner
Tuesday 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Business intelligence (BI) initiatives too often get postponed or shelved because the enterprise data isn't accurate enough. Reporting on big data or doing predicative analytics gets mired in prepping data, instead of focusing on the actual analysis itself. In this session we will discuss how master data management (MDM) can help improve your bad data and create a foundation for a successful BI Program.

Using Data Quality to Improve Processes That Support Analytics

Vincent Deeney, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Beginner
Tuesday 2:45PM - 3:45PM
Poor data quality and a lack of data governance can not only impact business decisions but also greatly increase the effort needed to access information to make correct business decisions. In this session, we will review how iWay Data Quality Suite can make information consistent across multiple systems, and prepare data for loading into WebFOCUS Hyperstage.

WebFOCUS Roadmap

Kevin Quinn, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Monday 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Tuesday 8:30AM - 9:30AM
This presentation will review the 18-month plan for new features and enhancements for WebFOCUS (and related products). You will see detailed schedules and demonstrations of upcoming features and functions. This discussion will prepare you for upcoming releases so that you can best take advantage of the product's capabilities.