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What is Information Builders WebFOCUS?

WebFOCUS provides an intuitive, immersive experience inviting users to begin creating analytical content, portal pages/ dashboards and reports in minutes. This same platform empowers data scientists, developers, and administrators to leverage powerful capabilities to manipulate and transform data within an unparalleled data prep and governance foundation. * Business users need complete self-service analytics capabilities that help them create, use, and share analytical content * Data scientists and other experts need sophisticated predictive, AI and statistical capabilities that enables them to build models that can be used standalone or in scoring applications * Non-technical users need self-service applications for rich, interactive content that doesn't require training or tools – including analytics inside the documents you send to them * Developers need the tools to create large-scale enterprise analytical applications for users inside and outside the firewall WebFOCUS is uniquely positioned to fulfill all the needs of a modern enterprise, through its ability to combine a broad range of governed analytics and BI with agile insights created by business users, all in one place, securely, at scale, and in the cloud or on premises.

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Languages Supported
Afrikaans, Arabic, Danish, German, Greek, English, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Chinese (Simplified)
Product Description

Makers of business intelligence (BI), data integrity, and integration software: WebFOCUS & iWay Software. Tens of thousands of customers, decades of experience.

How do you position yourself against your competitors?

While most of our competition only provide tools for business users, WebFOCUS delivers those tools plus a sophisticated platform that can support large-scale information applications -- InfoApps -- that can support tens of thousands or even millions of non-technical users.

The more complex the environment, the more WebFOCUS surpasses the competition. The platform provides a wide variety of options for AI, predictive analytics, dashboarding, natural language generation, and can even incorporate non-WebFOCUS BI and analytics into its BI portal. It's truly the unifying factor from a data, analytics, and information sharing perspective. We call it Unlimited Intelligence.

Learn more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHXhVJaOK8k


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Information Builders
Phone
212-736-4433
Year Founded
1975
HQ Location
New York, NY
Twitter
@infobldrs
37,753 Twitter followers
LinkedIn® Page
www.linkedin.com
1,376 employees on LinkedIn®
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Senior WebFocus Developer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
Senior WebFocus Developer, WF Administrator, Mentor..
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

WebFocus is able to connect to all sorts of data be it mainframe, different DBMS , Unlike some others in the market which just handle front end tools like creating reports, and fancy charts etc.. WebFocus has all those features PLUS allows you to create virtual fields using its Define procedures, some of the data users’ needs is not always available in the tables, so WebFocus allows you to create that data, in addition to JOINS it allows you to MATCH files where JOIN will not do the trick Also IBI has very good support system and user community where you can find solutions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Errors messages are not clear sometimes … you have to really check different areas to find out, oh this error was related to this issue. In Version 8.1.5 App Studio has issue which I hear are resolved in the 8.2 Versions Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for Flexibility in creating reporting and analytics Then WebFocus is the Tool to use, Companies implement ERP systems and try to use reporting out of the Box , in my experience they have to go to many hoops to create Reports that Users need , if they can create it.. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Instead of manually creating Access Lists we are using Restful Service and using our own security tables to determine user locations and internal applications they should have and create the access list. So when a user access is changed or a new user is added , Access list get automatically updated via nightly report caster job Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Underwriting Operational Analyst
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

I only use the InfoAssist platform to develop reporting solutions for my department. The latest release allows me to provide information and visualize the information in ways I could only dream of before. I love the new tools that have been introduced and they have taken my portal to the next level. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The InfoAssist tool is consistently inconsistent at times. There are some annoyances but the product improvements have really made up for annoyances. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I love the level of support that Information Builders provides. They don't just sell you a product and walk away. They have partnered with us throughout our journey. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefit I have realized is surfacing needed KPIs in the Underwriting Department in a way that is easily understood by managers and underwriters. The data is now leveraged in decision making. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

The training and the amount of resources it has in its forums and the diversity of help material that can be found on the web is really massive, this speaks very well of the software and the great community around it. The ability to integrate with different important platforms in the market such as software such as SAP. Customer support is amazing, quick response to it that give you a friendly and professional treatment in every step of the way. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Composers can crash when working on them and it's not easy to modify a page once it is created. In addition to this, you cannot access the code behind it and there is still old control code after they have been removed from the page, this cause browsers to get confused and pages to get slow in terms of loading times. Some products are not entirely easy to understand and therefore I prefer not to use them. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

There are different software for generating nice looking reports, one of the ones I can point out is Microsoft BI due to I use it for a long time before switching to WebFocus. Both software present a fairly modern and easy to understand interface, can export reports in excel spreadsheets without any problem, however WebFocus is able to keep data from years prior something that is very advantageous for analysis and external auditing, it also provides support to a variety of departments within your company which highlights its wide scalability. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our team has shown an significantly increase in productivity and performance, WebFocus has provided us with all the tools we need to fulfill our work in the most professional and responsible way possible, the management of data has been like never before as well as the creation of reports which is a task that happens so smooth in our daily basis. Flexibility, the large number of technologies that can be integrated into this software is really massive. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Sr. Financial Planning Analyst
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

The portal/s will allow you tp house everything under one umbrella; even pointing non IBI products if needed (Excel etc)

App studio lets you access data from a variety of sources bringing it together into interactive reports and charts.

Create your own HTML pages / dashboards to guide users toward better understanding their business.

FML reporting yields custom reports...any metrics anywhere. Add row 3 column 5 to row 8 column 3...whatever you need. Drill downs too. One of our favorites!

Flexibility means the sky's the limit! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

FML could be better GUI-. There are a few caching issues that should be alleviated. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

keep improiving interfaces Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Deep drill down into data. Everything in a one stop shop via portal. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Healthcare Policy and Data Analyst
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from the seller
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

I love the visualizations and the ability to disconnect reports from the server through indocument analytics. I also love the customer service. The employees are very helpful and eager to learn with us and allow us to succeed. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the limited flexibility using indocument analytics. Complicated filters are not easy to create and paramaterization is not available as well. I often have to reorganize the data in the database in ways we do not want to in order to make it work. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recommend giving it a shot even if in the beginning you have difficulty. Once you learn the language and all the capabilities, it really is worth it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We transitioned from using Excel with Macros that had security concerns and were clunky. Also, Excel is prone to errors. IB helped us become more secure, run reports more efficiently, with less error. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Business Intelligence Developer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

The ease of pulling reports together, showing those reports and allowing other users to interact with the results. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it can be a little buggy, but the interface makes it easy Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Take the leap! It combines the best of other Platforms and makes the product feel like its your own. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We now have one place to make edits and changes we can then turn out to a myriad of users, without having to edit each user's information individually. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AG
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

Among the top of the list of best features is the ease of use. More often than not you do not have to dig very deep in the layers of the application or configuration in order to make changes. In the circumstance that you do have to revert to referencing a manual or user guide, they are intuitively written and designed to get you to the section to service your request as quickly as possible. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

While it is often a blessing it can also be a curse, and that is the frequency of some updates. The client, which is used by global customers, often is in constant need of attention by IBI to ensure they are meeting everyone's business needs. While that is not a bad thing, there is something frustration in waiting for a fix or feature that's coming in a prior release that is still months away. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Much of what is improved or has been solved by using WebFOCUS is automation of manual reporting processes. What used to take days or even weeks to produce, can typically be done now with a few clicks and a little understanding of your data and business logic.

We have realized that the sky is the limit with these products and our processes should only improve in years to come.

Information Builders is constantly evolving their products as well as developing new tools. We are always looking to be early adopters in picking up new products and technologies to better our processes and business as well as to provide valuable feedback to IBI that will continue to help them create and improve these products. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

I love the ease of use of the product. At the point when I was first acquainted with WebFOCUS I had the option to get going creating reports with no preparation. In light of my reporting and database foundation, I had the option to begin working with the product rapidly. I have been lucky enough to have won a couple of grants for our underlying work utilizing the product and am overhauling our BI stage to WebFOCUS. Among the highest priority on the rundown of best highlights is the usability. As a rule you don't need to delve exceptionally somewhere down in the layers of the application or arrangement so as to make changes. In the condition that you do need to return to referencing a manual or client direct, they are instinctively composed and intended to get you to the area to support your solicitation as fast as could be expected under the circumstances. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Now and again their enterprise licensing is somewhat costly to add on new product required for just a couple of clients. I do see Information Builders presently moving in the direction of settling the estimating challenge on a few of their new product. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I highly recommend Web Focus to everyone, they have helped us to achieve the solutions that we sell to our clients. Just give it a try. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have had the option to visualize and make reports for practically all parts of our business. In deals, we have had the option to push representations to our whole deals group to keep them refreshed on their deals and targets. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Highly customization of reporting, dashboard and infoapps building. WebFocus has its own language (Focus) , and usage of javascript, html and other languages in creating reporting are available. For developers, WebFOCUS offer many ways of executing and developing reports which it is not available in other BI platforms. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

To use WebFOCUS as developer, you need some time to get to know it well (few months). Other BI platforms may have a better gui than WebFocus. Although, in recent years, WebFocus changed their GUI a lot, and each year you can find new/pleasing updates so the company is very innovative each year. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a BI developer, creation of reports, dashboards and infoapps are the main purposes in WebFocus. WebFOCUS does all of it in our organization and we do not need any other tool to do similar things. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

IBI WebFOCUS is an easy product to learn to use and once you do, the things you can do are numerous. The upside of using WebFOCUS is that it helps increase business productivity and decision making. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There are no real downsides to using WebFOCUS. Just so much to learn; however it’s beneficial overall. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have been using WebFOCUS to solve Ad-hoc reporting needs for decision makers across campus. This has cut down on time to make these decisions and allow for better analysis. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The flexibility to get your hands dirty with the focus code. Smooth interface and fluid visualizations. Vision at being an Enterprise solution provider Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Need to get away from bulky developer tools like app studio and get them all on web Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We just started exploring webfocus and working on conversion efforts. Like the data prep concepts and dashboarding techniques. This drastically reduces the turnaround time for quick data analysis Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The thing that I like most about WebFOCUS and the iway platform is the ability to access several types (if not all) of data sources. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

One thing that I dislike is the continual changing of the interfaces. The interface changed with Designer for 8.206 and looks like the interfaces are changing with 8.207 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The problems that we currently are Solving at Europa are the problems of upgrading from one version 809 to 8.206, I an handling that..how ibi was able to offer professional services to help with the understand of what was in place with the 809 version. Additionally, the work that ibi/Europa have done with our Sales Portal is Phenomenal Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

I enjoy the ability to create quick reports for our shareholders. The tools can adapt to your needs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Can be a learning curve when developing reports. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have noticed more accurate reporting and better data on demand. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CB
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

the conection to sources and availibility of connectors is great!! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

long way to step into depth due to historical behaviour! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

quik results in analyses! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Sr. BI Developer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Info Assist, Page Designer, Adapter availability. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing to dislike but need to improve in few places. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating dashboards for project management Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IL
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The best part of Information Builders is the Knowledgeable Team. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is absolutely nothing to dislike about Information Builders. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great product - has truly helped us implement the data we needed when we needed it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving real time Predictive Analytics issues in Law Enforcement and have found multiple benefits such as user accessibility. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UG
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The ease at which I can have new developers coding WebFocus Procedures Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The tool requires that you have a group of full time developers in order to keep up with the latest releases. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Speak to a representative. The are all very knowledgeable about the tool and can set up a demonstration Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use WebFocus for reporting everything from Hospital to Corrections reporting. All County Government departments. Using Dashboards and ReportCaster. Quick and dynamic generation of reports. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IH
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

App Studio and new features that are coming in 8.2 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I think IBI is on the right track. Doing a great job. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All of our reporting across the college is accomplished using WebFocus Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AR
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Flexibility of the product. Able to connect to multiple data adapters Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Coding and syntax is something new to learn Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visibility of data and distribution of reports to business users Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Business Intelligence Developer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

WebFocus' ease of use is ideal for users to create reports and graphs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The constant comparison to Tableau regardless of their differences. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're able to solve various problems involving data and graphs for our users. The Reportcaster tool is also a great for automated reports. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Total access cloud

Collaborative Analytics

Info graphics and Infosearch Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Product lags sometimes (Very rare) when trying to do complex queries Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Not applicable Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Data Analytics
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

Visualizing is easy allowing us the use of extent data Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Probably working with charts giving us more freedom on drop design Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy manipulation in general with dashboards Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Data Analytics Software Engineer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

What I like most about WebFOCUS is how powerful it is no matter what data source is connected or how many different data sources you are combining data from to get your reports completed. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The new HTML composer will not allow you to tweek the code directly any more and I have noticed that it still does not remove the code referencing old deleted controls. This will confuse browsers and slow down load times. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The current upgrades are not going as easy as we are told they should. There are visual issues with 8204 from 8202M which I am not getting support on fixing. I feel short of a complete redo of the application on the new version I will not be able to upgrade. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

I love the support, the way the tool is easy to use and the drag and drop but the ability to customize any report that is needed to meet the needs in the customers Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

the amount of crashes, and the need to save frequently but this has aloud for good habits to be formed and the saving is now second nature Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

i have won a contest, and now have the feeling that this is where i would like to work when i graduate, I would love to find employment using these tools Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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