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News Release

Information Builders defines the future of self-service BI

Intuitive "InfoApps" boost revenue by extending BI and analytics to new key stakeholders
Released: 20th November 2013
Publisher: Information Builders

Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity, and integration solutions,today announced the availability of InfoApps™, a self-service BI innovation that delivers an “app store” experience with interactive, business-focused applications. The technology extends the benefits of BI to a much broader user base than traditional software, optimising decision-making at every level and helping organisations uncover new revenue streams in the process.

Although BI and analytics tools deliver high value for a small number of professional analysts, their complexity has left them beyond the reach of most other users. InfoApps, built with Information Builders’ WebFOCUS platform, address this issue by providing all stakeholders – including executives, frontline workers, and key external groups – with self-contained, interactive BI apps. Easily consumable on desktops, laptops, and mobile operating systems, InfoApps are expressly designed to address particular business issues and encourage faster, more accurate decision-making.

In addition to eliminating assumptions and guesswork, the InfoApps approach significantly reduces reliance on IT. Once created by app developers or power users, InfoApps enable everyone in the organisation to interact with information, assemble custom dashboards, and tailor the data to suit their needs. When shared with customers, partners, and other key external stakeholders, these zero-training, purpose-specific apps foster greater collaboration, stronger competitive advantage, and a higher level of customer satisfaction and retention. The technology also helps organisations realise cost savings by deploying InfoApps to partners and suppliers to align performance. In addition, InfoApps lay the framework for identifying new revenue streams, as companies can investigate ways to monetise their existing data by giving external parties access to BI and analytics capabilities. 

Numerous companies are tapping InfoApps to extend their BI environments to a wider group of users, including Plex Systems Inc. The company integrated Information Builders’ technology into the Plex Manufacturing Cloud, its ERP solution, enabling its customers to better gauge production activity, track delivery, monitor shipments, and analyse supply chain activity. As a result of this implementation, Plex Systems has increased customer satisfaction by empowering even non-technical users to address their own BI needs without relying on advanced analysts or the IT team for assistance. 

“Information is a company’s most valuable asset, yet organisations have historically struggled with effective dissemination of data outside of an elite circle of employees, severely limiting its value,” said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO of Information Builders. “InfoApps offer next-generation, self-service BI to the masses, enabling a much broader range of both internal and external users to benefit from reporting and analytics insight that was previously unavailable to them. Information Builders is dedicated to providing our customers with the latest in BI technology, and we’re excited to be at the forefront of this revolutionary new trend in information sharing, collaboration, and business improvement.”


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