Monday, April 9, 2012

IBI Announces Release of WebFOCUS 8.0

David Sandel, Senior VP of Information Builders' Business Intelligence Division, announced today that IBI has made available the much anticipated WebFOCUS Release 8.0.00 product. This covers all of the components: WebFOCUS Reporting Server, the WebFOCUS Web Client and its associated tools, Developer Studio, and the WebFOCUS ETL product DataMigrator.

David made the following statement:
Release 8.0.00 is a strategic release that includes significant new features and architectural enhancements across the product line. As such, release availability will be managed and Information Builders has augmented its customer support services to include a new process to help customers prepare for installation, configuration, and migration activities. If you are interested in upgrading to Release 8.0.00, please contact your local account team to start the process and obtain software download information. As we obtain feedback from the first adopters of Release 8.0.00, it is anticipated that new service packs will be provided approximately every six to eight weeks through 2012.

It looks like the long wait for WebFOCUS 8 has been worth it. Here is a list of the new features:

  • Unified Architecture and new Managed Reporting Security Model
  • WebFOCUS Reporting Server Core Technology and Adapters (e.g., Big Data support for Hyperstage)
  • Active Technologies (new HTML5/JavaScript charting engine)
  • WebFOCUS Developer Studio enhanced and integrated with new architecture
  • Business Intelligence Portal (replacement for the WebFOCUS BI Dashboard)
  • InfoAssist integration with BI Portal and new architecture
  • Mobile BI (HTML5 features for Apple iPad/iPhone and Android devices)
  • Legacy User Interfaces replaced
  • DataMigrator enhanced for Big Data loads and data cleansing 
  • Magnify for BI applications with search capabilities
  • RStat predictive analytics templates for marketing

Of course, most major architectural changes require existing customers to basically export legacy applications and import them into the new product. WebFOCUS 8 comes with just such migration tools to help customers move from one architecture to another and IBI is offering assistance with the task:
The tools are designed to migrate standard WebFOCUS environments. Migration efforts involving customizations and extensions applied to WebFOCUS 7.x environments will require engagement with Information Builders Worldwide Customer Support Services and Professional Services organizations.

If you want to learn more about WebFOCUS 8, be sure to come to the annual users group Summit in Orlando in June. See this article (and especially this one) for more information. 

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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.