Summit 2016: Product Highlights

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2016 Charting and Visualization Roadmap

Dan Weingart, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Thursday 8:30AM - 9:30AM
In this session, attendees will learn about our visualization roadmap for 2016 and beyond. Come see examples of the latest interactive HTML5 graph capabilities, as well as new visualization features for dashboards, GIS, and data discovery.

Advancements in the WebFOCUS Engine

Alexey Vorovich, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Thursday 9:45AM - 10:45AM
This presentation will cover key server features included in the past two releases of WebFOCUS. Capabilities to be discussed include new language features, simplified functions, fan trap elimination, new adapters, streamlined server security, metatada, and upload on the Web Console. We will also provide an overall release roadmap and a summary of support.

DIY: Search Responsibly With WebFOCUS Magnify

Adam Lotrowski, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Thursday 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Do you have unstructured data? Are you looking to unify data across multiple repositories? Discover how you can do this and more by building your own WebFOCUS Magnify applications. Using Magnify's flexible information architecture allows you to combine data in various ways to match the specific business needs of your users. So, whether you're new to Magnify or a veteran, there are significant changes coming to help you be successful in continually providing users with ways to find and understand data with search and business intelligence.

Find Your Way to Success With Predictive Location Analytics

Mark Winslow, Information Builders
Dennis McCarthy, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Tuesday 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Are you attracting new customers, while retaining and growing existing ones? Or do you have the feeling that your customers just might be on the verge of leaving? Don't rely on gut-feeling analytics to find the answers. Let technology tell you. Attend this session to learn how the combination of predictive analytics and mapping technology gives you a higher level of understanding about your customers.

From the Labs: WebFOCUS Emerging Technologies and Trends

Dan Carotenuto, Information Builders
Ira Kaplan, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Wednesday 11:00AM - 12:00PM
This session discusses the latest research into emerging WebFOCUS technologies and trends. Topics to be covered include personal assistants, streaming analytics, InfoApp templates and InfoApp Exchange/marketplace, InfoGraphics, data wrangling for the business user, content analytics, and big data predictive analytics.

How WebFOCUS Succeeds Where Other Solutions Fall Short

Marcy Miller, Information Builders
Scott Hassell, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Tuesday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
For every new project, you may be challenged to look at other tools, such as Qlik and Tableau. If WebFOCUS is part of your BI platform, there is no other tool set you need. Let us arm you for potential hostile takeovers by educating you about the competitive differences, and showing you that WebFOCUS can do everything those other tools can do and so much more.

iWay Roadmap to Success

Inessa Gerber, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Wednesday 8:30AM - 9:30AM
This session will discuss the iWay product family and the future direction for iWay solutions. We will highlight key functionality updates and roadmaps, as well as customer implementations and market trends that have driven expansion and new developments within the product lines.

Maintain: Enhance WebFOCUS With Transaction-Based Processing and Write-Back

Mark Derwin, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Wednesday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Maintain gives you the ability to easily add write-back capabilities to your WebFOCUS applications. You can create simple or complex applications that run on the web and mobile devices. Come learn about the Maintain product and application development environment. See how customers, and Information Builders, are using Maintain to manage data. Find out what's in store for Maintain in release 8.2 and beyond.

Omni Roadmap

Don Bowers, Information Builders
Jakub Bartak, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Wednesday 9:45AM - 10:45AM
Omni is Information Builders' data integration platform of the future, and the future is now. This session will highlight existing product functionality and the roadmap for new and exciting features and products coming in 2016.

Rules for Success in Deploying Business Intelligence and Analytics

Kevin Quinn, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Beginner
Thursday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
This session will outline guidelines for success, in contrast with common pitfalls, when implementing widely deployed (and widely adopted) information systems. The presenter will draw on more than 33 years of experience in building, testing, and designing business intelligence tools and applications. The presentation is chock full of anecdotal stories and real-life use cases that make the session fun and informative for mangers, executives, and developers alike.

Top 10 Security Issues: How WebFOCUS Prevents Them and What Developers Need to Know

Ben Naphtali, Information Builders
Jim Thorstad, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Thursday 11:00AM - 12:00PM
In this WebFOCUS 8.2 security and administration update, we will disclose the WebFOCUS Software Development Life Cycle and Web Vulnerability management program that ensures WebFOCUS is free from the web vulnerabilities outlined in the OWASP Top 10 list. You'll also find out what to do to secure your applications.

WebFOCUS Hyperstage: The Dynamic Duo for Performance and Scalability

Mark Nesson, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical | Prerequisite: A good understanding of the WebFOCUS architecture.
Thursday 2:45PM - 3:45PM
The most common question we receive from our customers is how to maintain and/or increase application performance as a company grows and the demand for BI increases. This session will present the typical architecture of a WebFOCUS and Hyperstage solution, and will include methods for vertical and horizontal scalability.

WebFOCUS Roadmap

Kevin Quinn, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Tuesday 2:45PM - 3:45PM
Wednesday 1:30PM - 2:30PM
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.

What's New for BI Portal, Mobile, Security, and Administration in Release 8.2?

Jim Thorstad, Information Builders
Ben Naphtali, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Wednesday 2:45PM - 3:45PM
We've added many new features and usability improvements to the core Portal platform to make it easier to create and manage BI applications. Come see what's new in 8.2.01 and what's underway for later in the year.

What's New in Predictive Analytics?

Bruce Kolodziej, Information Builders
Ira Kaplan, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Intermediate
Thursday 1:30PM - 2:30PM
WebFOCUS RStat is Information Builders' predictive analytics workbench, providing exploratory, statistical, and graphical capabilities along with a wide variety of algorithms for automated pattern discovery. In this session, we will review and demonstrate the newest features of WebFOCUS RStat.

What's New in WebFOCUS App Dev

David Glick, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level Beginner
Thursday 2:45PM - 3:45PM
WebFOCUS App Studio was forged in a small laboratory inside a volcano on Mount Olympus by David 'Zeus' Glick himself. Have you ever wanted to leverage a responsive template to design a responsive data update screen that uses the warm theme and features auto-hide and push button controls that would be recoverable if it crashed and is maintained in a source control repository? In release 8.2 you can do all of these things and David will deal keystroke and mouse thunder that will leave even David Copperfield whimpering like the jealous magician he is.

What's New in WebFOCUS Metadata and Adapters?

Clif Kranish, Information Builders
Eric Greisdorf, Information Builders
Tech Level: Summit Tech Level non-technical
Thursday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
For each data source used, there is a synonym that identifies the database or other source where the data resides, the table name or file location, and the names of each column or field. In this presentation, you will see how synonyms can be enhanced with descriptions, titles, and display formats to facilitate reporting. We will present a new JOIN facility on the Web Console for creating cluster joins in analytics and discovery, and an improved capability for uploading files. You'll also see a new TRANSPOSE operation to convert columns or groups of columns into rows. Adapters provide access to disparate data sources for WebFOCUS and DataMigrator. We will look at the new adapters that have been added, especially for big data sources, as well as others that have been improved.