InfoApps™: The New Face of Self-Service BI

InfoApps™ deliver interactive analytic content such as data visualizations, charts, graphs, and reports to users through a portal for an easy “app store-like” experience. InfoApps go beyond dashboards by offering a variety of controls and filters on a custom user interface to aid in decision support. Examples of InfoApps include self-contained data visualizations, predictive analytics apps, guided self-service reports, and search-based apps, all of which can be customized further through a portal for a highly personalized user experience.

Instead of learning complex tools and worrying about data preparation, users can tap into InfoApps to serve themselves and quickly get answers and insights from relevant data, right when they need it. InfoApps make it easy for non-technical, mainstream users to get and analyze information on both web browsers and mobile devices.

InfoApps make it easy for organizations to operationalize insights by making them accessible to everyone.

InfoApps present an exciting new approach to self-service business intelligence (BI), enabling anyone, anywhere, to get fast, relevant answers to their most pressing questions.

With InfoApps, BI becomes more pervasive than ever before. Business users no longer have to attend training or read long manuals to learn complex analytical tools. Instead, they can leverage simple, purpose-built apps that put vital information right at their fingertips. InfoApps can be efficiently and economically built using Information Builders WebFOCUS BI platform, and shared with any user, inside or outside the firewall.

InfoApps are not just dashboards by another name. Traditional dashboards are built all at once by IT, aren’t highly interactive, and are geared towards at-a-glance key performance indicators (KPIs). InfoApps are built individually by IT, are self-contained, and are highly interactive. Because of their modularity, they can be assembled by end users onto a portal to create a custom type of dashboard, but they can also run standalone on a web page or mobile app. They can also be embedded in other applications to provide on-the-spot support to decision-makers.

How Do You Build an InfoApp?

The WebFOCUS BI and analytics platform provides easy-to-use tools to help power users and developers build InfoApps and deliver them to users and groups of users. WebFOCUS App Studio allows developers and business analysts to rapidly create InfoApps and deploy to users and user groups via the WebFOCUS BI portal. Business users can also use InfoAssist and InfoDiscovery, drag and drop web-based tools, to create InfoApps.

InfoApps are ideal for employees, partners, and customers because:

  • They are extremely straight-forward and easy to use
  • An intuitive interface, workflow, and interactivity enable users to analyze and manipulate information, with no training required
  • A single InfoApp can be used to answer hundreds, even thousands of questions from your data
  • They are web and mobile-optimized, and can be consumed on any desktop or device - tablets, PCs, laptops, or smartphones
  • They significantly cut down on licensing, development, and maintenance costs
  • They offer high visual appeal and custom branding

Learn more

Learn more about InfoApps and using them in an enterprise context with these white papers: