Analytics Labs

Bring Your Reports to Life With In-Document Analytics
Tech Level: Intermediate
Tuesday 2:30 - 3:30
Maria Volant, Information Builders
Kevin Kratzer, Information Builders
WebFOCUS In-Document Analytics provides analytical capabilities inside your existing reports, while giving users the ability to explore information whether they are connected the network or not. Users are also empowered to analyze information in different ways without the need for multiple reports or dashboards. These flexible, single documents provide the agility needed to Sort, Filter, Rollup and Chart, and more in any browser, on any device, and from any location. In this lab, in addition to the analytics capabilities mentioned above, you will get hands-on experience creating interactive reports, charts, and dashboards using InfoAssist. You will explore some design-time options, such as inserting images, reports, charts, and filter prompt controls into your dashboard. You will also learn how to enable column heading freeze on your interactive reports.
Charting the Hidden Depths of HTML5 Extensions
Tech Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Good understanding of JavaScript methods. Familiarity with D3 and Chrome dev tools is advantageous.
Tuesday 3:45 - 4:45
Anthony Alsford, Information Builders
Learn the "hidden" attributes of HTML5 extensions as well as a foray into how to harness moonbeam properties within the HTML5 extension.
Customize an In-Document Analytics Report Using Cascading Style Sheets
Tech Level: Novice
Prerequisite: Exposure to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is beneficial but not required.
Tuesday 5:00 - 6:00
Michelle Moody, Information Builders
Jessica Chen, Information Builders
In-Document Analytics reports are self-contained reports especially designed for offline analysis. All the data and JavaScript needed to embed the data are packaged within the output file. Using an active report, there can interaction with the data, work offline without any additional plug-ins or programs, and save the report on a local machine with active report functionality. In this lab, it will be demonstrated how easy it is to customize the styling of all elements of the active report using cascading style sheets (CSS) class selectors.
Describing Yesterday and Predicting Tomorrow: Calculations for Operational Analytics
Tech Level: Intermediate
Friday 9:15 - 10:30
Walter Blood, Information Builders
Walter Brengel, Information Builders
Whether you are trying to match supply to demand, or predict sales for the next few weeks, WebFOCUS offers a variety of descriptive and predictive statistical tools that can help you refine your data in useful and actionable information. This session will review the use of the descriptive tools such as means, modes, and medians, and demonstrate the use of standard deviations and variances. See how forecasting techniques based on the new statistical functionality, including moving averages, weighted moving averages, and multiple types of regression, can enable you to see beyond today in a meaningful way.
Drilldown from WebFOCUS Reporting to Update Your Data
Tech Level: Novice
Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00
Mark Derwin, Information Builders
Have you ever looked at a line in a report and thought, "Hmmm...That's just not right?" WebFOCUS Maintain gives you the ability to drill down from that report and update your data. This lab will cover how to create a simple WebFOCUS Report, creating a Maintain application to update your data, and tying the two together.
Excel Solutions: Tips and Techniques
Tech Level: Novice
Prerequisite: App Studio experience.
Tuesday 1:15 - 2:15
Friday 10:45 - 12:00
Michelle Moody, Information Builders
Robert Recker, Information Builders
Microsoft Excel continues to be one of the most popular tools for storing, accessing, and analyzing business information. This hands-on lab provides tips and techniques for building complex, multi-sheet workbooks that take advantage of the latest in WebFOCUS and spreadsheet technology. Examples will demonstrate enhanced features available to generate the Excel XLSX workbooks, as well as key styling techniques that will be useful across all report formats.
Experience the Power of WebFOCUS Client Security
Tech Level: Novice
Prerequisite: Familiarity with WebFOCUS client
Wednesday 11:15 - 12:15
Lori Pieper, Information Builders
Kathy Willis, Information Builders
You've heard about the power of WebFOCUS security, and maybe you've even set up security at your site, but do you feel like you really understand what you are doing? More importantly, do you understand why you are doing what you do? If not, then you need to attend this lab. We will walk through common security scenarios, test them, and use the Effective Policy report as a powerful troubleshooting tool to identify why security is not working as intended.
Implementing InfoSearch for WebFOCUS Apps
Tech Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Familiarity with WebFOCUS
Tuesday 2:30 - 3:30
David Glick, Information Builders
WebFOCUS InfoSearch is a new and innovative product that makes Google-like search available for your business intelligence (BI) assets. Just enter a data value and the product will find all the content items that can provide more information about that data value. Attend this lab and experience the building of search index and the end-user experience.
Learn to Add Custom Visualizations to WebFOCUS
Tech Level: Novice
Tuesday 12:00 - 1:00
Dan Weingart, Information Builders
Donal Terrell, Information Builders
In this lab, users will learn how easy it is to download and install custom visualizations using the Chart Extension technology in WebFOCUS and the D3 programming language. While not a programming lab, users will be exposed to the basic steps required to construct a custom D3 visualization and enable it inside of the WebFOCUS ecosystem.
More Analytics Hidden Gems Hands-On
Tech Level: Intermediate
Tuesday 3:45 - 4:45
Walter Blood, Information Builders
Experiment with some of the techniques discussed in previous Hidden Gems presentations. Among this session's gems will be: working with multiple data instances at the same time using PARTITION functions; using statistical functionality; exploring the range of effects of the MacGyver technique; and experiencing the effects of various SETs and new user functions.
Python Advanced Analytics and Data Science Computing With WebFOCUS
Tech Level: Novice
Tuesday 5:00 - 6:00
Ira Kaplan, Information Builders
Tim Ding, Information Builders
The WebFOCUS Python Adapter, introduced in WebFOCUS 8.2.05, turns Python scripts into computation engines for WebFOCUS COMPUTE expressions. In this hands-on lab, we will learn how to configure the Python Adapter and create wrappers (synonyms) for Python scripts. We then write our own Python scripts to match and extract text using regular expressions (patterns), apply linear regression models, query the WebFOCUS Repository, and more. Code available on GitHub.
Snazzy HTML Pages With WebFOCUS App Studio
Tech Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Familiarity with App Studio and Windows
Wednesday 1:45 - 2:45
Friday 10:45 - 12:00
David Glick, Information Builders
Larry Braun, Information Builders
The HTML Canvas in WebFOCUS App Studio is a robust developer tool for creating HTML pages with content, controls, and animations. There have been many enhancements added to make your pages exciting. Come to this lab to experience the creation of these pages.
Supercharge WebFOCUS Computes With Data Science: RStat and the New RServe Adapter
Tech Level: For All
Prerequisite: Prior use of RStat or interest in predictive analytics or machine learning.
Tuesday 1:15 - 2:15
Andrew Kirby, Information Builders
Ira Kaplan, Information Builders
WebFOCUS RStat is a fully integrated business intelligence (BI) and data mining environment. It supports data modeling as well as data scoring. In this session, we'll review both data modeling and scoring, along with the recently introduced RServe Adapter, which integrates WebFOCUS into the R environment for computing the values of virtual data fields. You'll be able to run your scripts and models to enhance your reports and visualizations, providing a deeper understanding and analysis of the information you have in your data.
Wonder Why the Demos Look So Easy? Metadata Magic!
Tech Level: Novice
Tuesday 12:00 - 1:00
Friday 9:15 - 10:30
Lori Pieper, Information Builders
Heidi Bale, Information Builders
This lab will bridge the gap between the demos you see and the underlying metadata that makes content development look like magic. It will show how easy metadata enrichment can translate to the ease of use in tools like InfoAssist, WebFOCUS Designer, App Studio, etc. For example, adding business definitions in your metadata ensures consistency and reusability. This and other metadata enhancements can provide a more repeatable and maintainable foundation for your business intelligence.