The New WebFOCUS Blog Series Recap: 5 Highlights

Information Builders
February 12, 2019

This Fall we released a fully updated and re-engineered version of our enterprise business intelligence (BI) and analytics platform. It is a huge milestone for us and our thousands of customers around the globe, and we feel like we have a complete and modern solution to address the many challenges of medium and large BI and analytics deployments. 

There is a lot more to succeeding with analytics than buying a subscription to a data discovery tool, as many have found out. For any enterprise looking to create a comprehensive BI and analytics strategy, there are many variables to manage, from data management to scalability, governance, adoption, agility, and more.

The blogs in this series have considered many of these topics, and it may be helpful to summarize them, with links:

#1 - Rationale for a BI and Analytics Platform

This blog considers what is realistically needed for an enterprise platform to succeed, and introduces five key ingredients for success: enable all the people, real usability, supply trusted data, complete platform management, and scalability and agility. Read more.

#2 - Boosting Adoption With Function and Ease of Use

Governed BI is still the cornerstone of data-driven business, and much of it is still sourced by IT and BI specialists. What organizations really need is to combine traditional BI with more agile self-service analytics, to fulfill the needs of a broader range of users and boost adoption. The new WebFOCUS easily combines traditional governed BI (e.g., reports, dashboards, documents, and applications) with business-led agile analytics (e.g., data visualizations, infographics) in one place, securely, at scale, in the cloud or on premises. Read more.

#3 - The Power of a Fully Featured and Unified Platform

This blog argues that the introduction of one or more self-service tools have caused both harm and good. The major issues are bad data, bad decisions, silos, and poor scaling. Self-service should be one of the many capabilities of a unified platform which scales easily with all the other forms of BI and analytics, and is supported by data governance infrastructure. Also noted are the emerging trends within data science, and that a fully featured platform needs to contain augmented analytics as well as enabling the deployment of AI/ML to the masses. Read the blog Read more.

#4 - State-of-the-Art UI/UX

This introduction to the new look and feel of WebFOCUS discusses how we employed a world-class user interface (UI) / user experience (UX) expert, with a goal of creating "the most usable, efficient, and productive analytics interface and workflow in the industry." The all-new WebFOCUS Designer is presented - an analytics authoring, assembly, and distribution interface that incorporates UI/UX best practices throughout. Designer is a complete ecosystem of integrated capabilities that guides a user along every step of the analytics journey, from data prep to analytics creation, page design, and portal publishing. Read more.

#5 - Shiny New Objects, Driving Discovery, and Augmented Analytics

Blog five touches on the idea of how shiny objects can be damaging to your organization if they are not fully understood and managed. Trusted data is critical to the success of BI and analytics, and self-service tools can and have caused problems. Data discovery is a credible practice, which can be accelerated through the use of augmented analytics, where algorithms and automations can take over the number-crunching and mining of data, assisting analysts with their exploration. A new collaboration function within WebFOCUS called Intelligent Objects is introduced, whereby a dynamic metadata layer is automatically generated enabling users to instantly access and leverage each other's analytics. Read more.

Be sure to take a look at other content relating to the new WebFOCUS, starting here and feel free to contact us anytime.

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