Basically, he and his co-founders saw a business need to enable non-programmers to build BI reporting applications without the assistance of IT professionals.
Three decades ago, that was the FOCUS 4GL, where the 4GL was to be a replacement for 3GL programming languages such as COBOL. Today, the BI product for non-programmers is WebFOCUS.
That makes me wonder, is that why Information Builders is changing the name of their WebFOCUS IDE "Developer Studio" to become "Application Studio?" Do they want to get rid of the inference that "developers" are needed to build WebFOCUS BI solutions?
Having worked with IBI since 1983, I see a natural progression to have their intelligence products become more and more friendly to the power user community and less of an offering to IT professionals.
IBI may have been one of the first vendors to recognize that BI is in a strange boundary region situated somewhere between IT and business. People who specialize in Business Intelligence have to straddle the regions of technology and business, with no real place to call home.
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