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WebFOCUS 8. May 2012. Brian Carter. Core Mission & Philosophy. Core Mission : Dedicated to provide the best platform and tools for creating and delivering large enterprise information systems Maintain and expand a wide range of capabilities – from data access to application development

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webfocus 8

May 2012

Brian Carter

core mission philosophy
Core Mission & Philosophy
  • Core Mission: Dedicated to provide the best platform and tools for creating and delivering large enterprise information systems
    • Maintain and expand a wide range of capabilities – from data access to application development
    • Continuous improvements in development efficiencies to reduce the cost and time to deliver enterprise information systems
  • Strategic Goals: Use the platform’s core strengths to power an ecosystem BI related technologies to allow customers to expand their information systems in new areas such as predictive analytics, search, etc.
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WebFOCUS 8 Architecture

Web Browsers




Web Services





Web Server

Developer Studio

Application Server




BI Portal








Reporting Server




Web Services




infoassist new portal
InfoAssist & New Portal

Objective: Become highly competitive in the self-service market with enterprise level query, analysis & portal tools


  • BI Portal: Focus on engaging the BI consumer
    • Customizable: Let the users define how they consume content
    • Collaborative: Let the users define how they want to publish and share content
    • Componentized: Let the users define what widgets they want to add to their content pages.
  • InfoAssist: Single tool and single workflow to make the tool as easy and ubiquitous as Excel for the analytic BI user
    • Enhanced analytic capabilities
    • Enhanced interactive design capabilities


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InfoAssist & New Portal


  • BIP & IA: Unifiedlook and feel and workflow
  • BIP: Targeted for designers, business and end users
    • WYSIWYG designer with robust layout options
    • Themes & dynamic report styling
    • Chart autofit within any screen/device size
  • InfoAssist:
    • New HTML 5 chart engine integration & multi-drill
    • Full AR styling and enhanced conditional styling
    • Relative Positioning
    • Tools consolidation –Advanced GA in IA
  • New: Multipage layouts, Sub-query support, more analytic functions, 508 output.
  • Integration of BIP with Social Media Sites
  • Mobile development in IA or Application Studio


the new visualization engine benefits
The New Visualization Engine: Benefits
  • An entirely new unified visualization technology that is now being rolled out across our entire product line
  • The benefits:
    • WebFOCUS is the only platform that offers unified charting experience:
      • Single engine generates: HTML5, Flash, JPEG, PNG
      • The exact same chart experience in all output formats: Active Technologies, HTML5, Flex, PDF
      • The same set of properties and syntax for all IBI products
    • A high level of visual sophistication:
      • Gradients
      • Animations
    • Works in all browsers including mobile
    • Easily expandable and customizable:
      • Allows IBI consultants and BI developers to quickly meet customer requirements by adding custom properties and features
advanced data visualization going forward plan
Advanced Data Visualization: Going Forward Plan

Objective: Create an IA module for advanced visualization (AV) to address raising self-service needs, customer requirements & competitive pressure


  • Foundation is set via HTML5 chart engine
  • All new development: First release targeted for Q3
  • Differentiators:
    • New Module of InfoAssist:
      • Single tool for reports, documents, dashboards, and AV
      • Unified UI and design work flow to minimize training
        • Simple workflow that is already very similar to QlikView
      • Dimensional interactions like in Visual Discovery
      • New pivot and combination charts that increase drastically the dimensional analysis
      • Work against any data source


next generation graphs under consideration
Next Generation Graphs Under Consideration

Lexical Diversity

Re-Posting Paths

Social Connectedness

Lexical Frequencies

Streaming Frequencies

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WebFOCUS8 Security
  • New DBMS-based repository for WebFOCUS, ReportCaster, and Managed Reporting:
      • New hierarchical object-based repository called Information Builders File System (IBFS)
      • Frees customers from fixed folders, folder depth, file names
      • Simplifies administration and system backup over previous version
  • Key features and benefits of IBFS
    • Fine-grained control over role definition and permission assignments
    • Security policies can be applied on any IBFS object including users, groups, folders, reports, portals, report server nodes, etc.
    • Supports inheritance
    • Supports Multi-tenancy and group administration
  • New auditing captures user logon activity and administrative actions

Objective: Provide a robust security model that facilitates SaaS & PaaS, Deep personalization, and simplified administrations

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WebFOCUS 8 Security
  • Benefits for the Administrator:
    • User authorization integration with LDAP groups
        • Automatic account creation & log-in synchronization
      • Group administration:
      • Create groups to manage ReportCaster and BI Portal resources
    • Resource Templates:
      • Predefined templates for groups, content folders, roles and policies
        • Simplify the onboarding of new customers in multi-tenant SaaS environments
        • Simplify extending BI to new departments
  • Benefits to End Users:
    • Advanced content sharing enables users to pick individuals whom they wish to share content with
    • Security subsystem makes it possible for tenant users to securely share content created in a common domain with their colleagues
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WebFOCUS 8 Security: Built-in Domain Templates
  • WebFOCUS creates the required groups, resources, and security policy