Monday, July 23, 2012

What's in WebFOCUS 8?

Many people have come to my blog looking for information on the new WebFOCUS 8 release that is due for general availability later this year (probably near the end of August or early September).

If you are available, you should tune in to Information Builders Technical Director Jim Thorstad's webinar on Wednesday, the 25th of July, to hear more about it. In particular, Jim will probably cover the major architectural change in the underlying named-user security model.

WebFOCUS 8 Technical Overview
Presented by Jim Thorstad, Information Builders
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
(1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Central Time; 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Mountain Time;
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time)

WebFOCUS delivers the most comprehensive reporting solution available in the marketplace. This session will review the key architectural and security changes underlying WebFOCUS 8 and present the range of benefits and new features that these changes make possible. Whether you are new to WebFOCUS or migrating from a previous version, this presentation will be essential to your deployment planning.

You can register for Jim's presentation at this link.

In addition to the new security model, here are some other things of interest coming out in WebFOCUS 8:
  • HTML5 Visualization 
  • New BI Portal (to replace the BI Dashboard product)
  • New Application Studio (to replace the WebFOCUS Developer Studio IDE)
  • Consistent ribbon user interfaces across all products (and the retirement of older ones)
  • Multi-Tenant administration for WebFOCUS SaaS deployments 

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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.