Wednesday, July 7, 2010

WebFOCUS and the Apple iPad

Happy and sad.  I was happy to see Information Builders giving away Apple iPads to attendees of their annual users group conference.  I was sad not to see any presentations on actually using WebFOCUS for mobile business intelligence.

Information Builders does not offer any type of BI app in the Apple Store.  However, that does not prevent you from using WebFOCUS for mobile apps on the iPhone or iPad.  The Apple devices come with the BI tool of choice for WebFOCUS: the Safari web browser!

I tested Safari with WebFOCUS and it works fine for business intelligence, including Information Builders' BI Dashboard (the use of HTML frames causes problems for the Blackberry browser). Safari JavaScript did well for general logic, calendar controls, cookies, and calling WebFOCUS.

(I will be really sad if the upcoming new version of the WebFOCUS BI Dashboard does not work on the Apple mobile devices.)

If you are interested in using WebFOCUS for mobile BI applications, contact me.

1 comment:

Prasanna said...

Hi Doug,

Myself Prasanna Vaidya, India.

I am working on WebFocus for past 2/3 years.

Can you tell me what all i will need to have, so that Mobile BI / iPad apps can be developed using WebFocus?

With which version of WebFocus it is available?

How much is the cost involved for upgrading the license from 5.3.3?

Kindly give your email id so that i can interact with you over there.

Thanks & Regards,
Prasanna Vaidya.

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I am a project-based software consultant, specializing in automating transitions from legacy reporting applications into modern BI/Analytics to leverage Social, Cloud, Mobile, Big Data, Visualizations, and Predictive Analytics using Information Builders' WebFOCUS. Based on scores of successful engagements, I have assembled proven Best Practice methodologies, software tools, and templates.

I have been blessed to work with innovators from firms such as: Ford, FedEx, Procter & Gamble, Nationwide, The Wendy's Company, The Kroger Co., JPMorgan Chase, MasterCard, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Siemens, American Express, and others.

I was educated at Valparaiso University and the University of Cincinnati, where I graduated summa cum laude. In 1990, I joined Information Builders and for over a dozen years served in regional pre- and post-sales technical leadership roles. Also, for several years I led the US technical services teams within Cincom Systems' ERP software product group and the Midwest custom software services arm of Xerox.

Since 2007, I have provided enterprise BI services such as: strategic advice; architecture, design, and software application development of intelligence systems (interactive dashboards and mobile); data warehousing; and automated modernization of legacy reporting. My experience with BI products include WebFOCUS (vendor certified expert), R, SAP Business Objects (WebI, Crystal Reports), Tableau, and others.