Information Builders Releases WebFOCUS RStat for Data Mining and Standard Statistical Analysis

New Predictive Analytics Tool is First to Offer Scoring Routines for Survival Models

LONDON, UK and NEW YORK, NY, May 29, 2012

Information Builders, the independent leader in pervasive business intelligence (BI) systems, today announced the release of WebFOCUS RStat 1.2, an integrated modern BI platform that enables employees at all levels to create predictive applications.

As RStat has become a general-purpose data mining and statistical tool that significantly reduces the "IT complexity" for non-statistically trained users, it appeals to a broad group of business analysts and operational employees alike. By enabling more employees to take advantage of a predictive solution and make better decisions, RStat provides greater business benefits at all levels of an organization.

RStat 1.2 dramatically lowers the cost of predictive analytics. By fully integrating RStat with WebFOCUS, customers benefit from significantly lower costs of mining projects simply by providing efficient access to data. Ninety percent of costs in statistical and mining projects are in data access and manipulation – two activities that are easier with BI tools.

Additionally, the integration on the reporting server lowers deployment costs by minimizing the need for additional hardware. Instead of having a statistical server and a BI server, RStat 1.2 enables customers to conduct both BI and predictive modeling from a single server. Having this type of integrated environment makes the deployment of a predictive scoring solution much simpler and faster than older statistical systems. Information Builders is providing RStat free for modeling and analysis services as part of its Developer Studio product.

WebFOCUS RStat 1.2 includes several new features such as:

  • Survival analysis – included as an additional statistical modeling technique and scoring routine with both COX regression and Kaplan-Mayer. With RStat 1.2, Information Builders is the first to integrate scoring routines for survival models. Survival analysis is widely used in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries to measure outcomes. In government, it's used for matching children with foster parents and in the manufacturing and engineering industries, it's used to model machine failure, maintenance, and replacement of parts.
  • Library of scoring routines – expanded to advanced models such as Neural Networks. This widens the scope of models that can be deployed directly with WebFOCUS on any platform.
  • Charting capabilities – expanded with new charts that are relevant for survival analysis. Survival charts allow people to quickly assess whether there are significant differences between segments across an organization or extended network. For example, with a survival chart, someone can compare how long children stay in foster care from one country to another. If differences are shown, a broken process is indicated and an agency can quickly correct that process based on best practices.
  • Testing – with additional testing capabilities, RStat becomes a tool for both data mining as well as for standard statistical analysis. Traditional hypothesis testing methods, such as T and F tests, have also been added.

"Working with real-time information and applying that knowledge for prediction purposes is becoming the de facto standard for employees at all levels of an organization," said Gerald Cohen, CEO and founder of Information Builders. "We're constantly evaluating ways to make our customers more competitive and keep them at the forefront of their industries by being innovative in their use of BI. Integrating RStat into our Developer Studio product enables new and existing customers to quickly begin taking advantage of the power of predictive analytics."

Techniques for predictive analytics vary from statistics and data mining to game theory. Manually analyzing current and historical data to make predictions about future events is nearly an impossible task for any person or team. By integrating RStat software, the widely used open-source statistical library product, with Developer Studio, Information Builders enables data miners and BI developers to quickly and easily work together on the same platform to access and analyze data and develop predictive models as needed across the organization.

Chris Brady, CIO of Dealer Services, a national inventory financing company for used car and power sports dealers, has been using WebFOCUS RStat to pull data out of transaction systems, reformat it, use the analytic tools to develop a predictive model, and then run batch analysis, resulting in more efficient and smarter decision-making.

"By analyzing available data through WebFOCUS RStat, our managers began to get a different, fuller picture of their business and how it was likely to behave. Using predictive BI, we were able to better assess risk associated with individual loans. With RStat, we manipulated existing data to get a true 360 degree view of our business and, even better, obtain a realistic idea of what was to come,"said Brady. "Despite the economic challenges of the past eighteen months, RStat has proved a critical tool in our planning and decision-making processes."

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About Information Builders

Information Builders' award-winning combination of business intelligence and enterprise integration software has been providing innovative solutions to more than 12,000 customers for the past 30 years. WebFOCUS is the world's most widely utilized business intelligence platform. It provides the security, scalability, and flexibility needed at every level of global extended enterprises. Its simplicity helps create executive, analytical, and operational applications that reach dozens to millions of users. Information Builders' iWay Software suite provides state of the art, multi-purpose, pre-built integration components that address all SOA, application, data and information management requirements. Its integration adapters have been adopted by the leading software platform providers. Information Builders also offers solutions in the performance management, business activity monitoring, and enterprise search markets. The company's comprehensive enterprise product offerings give Information Builders' customers the ability to grow and innovate according to their needs.

Information Builders' customers include most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,450 people and has more than 350 business partners. More information is available at informationbuilders.com.