WebFOCUS

Information Builders' scalable BI and analytics platform

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WebFOCUS Overview

What is WebFOCUS?

WebFOCUS is Information Builders’ Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics Platform, offering three editions for enabling self-service features for all user levels. Business User Edition, Application Edition and indeed Enterprise Edition, encompass various tools such as InfoAssist+, InfoApps and App Studio to not just generate insights from data but also publish customized analytical applications. This flexibility, scalability and usability is backed by a graphical, integrated development environment and dashboard-based approach to creating a wide variety of BI information content. Financial reporting capabilities draw from 300+ data sources including data warehouses, web services, ERP, CRM and many more. Visualized via rich graphics and charts, resulting reports and dashboards can be distributed as interactive e-documents or exported to HTML, PDF, PowerPoint, Excel and proprietary formats. The built-in ReportCaster engine then handles the delivery of reports to users according to administrator scheduling.

WebFOCUS InfoAssist+ is a single, ad hoc solution for enabling intuitive data discovery, providing graphical chart representations of critical indicators and metrics. Raise queries, charts, dashboards and reports from collective information sources before publishing. Featuring a customizable interface designed to cater for all user levels, InfoAssist+ can be deployed company-wide with Business users also able to author InfoApps. Here, data insights can be packaged and delivered to non-technical users without additional involvement. Available through an app store-like portal, InfoApps go beyond dashboard insights to deliver self-contained visualizations, self-service reports and predictive models all from only the most relevant data. Boasting tailored GUI experiences, InfoApps are optimized for web and mobile and can be viewed on desktop, tablet or smartphone. Extended by the WebFOCUS Mobile platform built on HTML5 technologies, Mobile Faves enriches analytic web apps with a user experience native to iOS and Android – freely available on both platforms.

WebFOCUS Overview

Pricing

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WebFOCUS Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America
Supported Languages
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Danish, Dutch and 12 others, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Screenshots

WebFOCUS screenshot: WebFOCUS dashboard showing data discovery
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WebFOCUS Reviews for UK Users

WebFOCUS Reviews for UK Users

Overall rating
4.5
/
5
Excellent
95

Very good
67

Average
5

Poor
1

Terrible
2

Value for Money
4.3
Features
4.5
Ease of Use
4
Customer Support
4.6
95% recommended this app
Michael W.

Amazingly versatile, however it does carry a significant learning curve to maximize that...

Environment to automate regular reporting and to expand and enhance the availability of data to my organization.


John S.

WebFOCUS as the go-to app for data dissemination

My users throughout the state of New Jersey are finally buying into the fact they can create 'what-if' scenarios and modelling with the data I'm preparing for them.


Debra W.

Powerful tool for visualizations

We are creating scheduled reports, portals, dashboards, data feeds, and spreadsheets. Our business partners are empowered to do most of the work themselves rather than relying on IT.


Steven H.

Not user friendly, terrible customer support, limited customization

My experience has been to find ways to use the product as little as possible. By that meaning using it for getting basic data on the back end, then coding the front end of the reports myself. This way I am able to create the reports and dashboards with more functionality, modern styling and have them be responsive for viewing on multiple platforms (Desktop, tablet, phone).


Tomasz M.

Favorite & most capable tool for BI analysts

The best package for BI developers, no other tools are needed.


Michael W.
Industry: Higher Education
Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees

Amazingly versatile, however it does carry a significant learning curve to maximize that versatility

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 24/05/2018
Review Source: Capterra

Environment to automate regular reporting and to expand and enhance the availability of data to my organization.

Pros

Numerous export formats, versatile software which offers a savvy developer several avenues to accomplish the requirements of their audience. The Active Format is a very unique offering allowing developers to give users the ability to drive their own analysis from reports through sorting, filtering, charting and being able to export their work.

Cons

FOCUS itself has a steep learning curve that is very dependent on the capabilities of the entity that is going to implement and use it. Your environment will carry a heavy influence on how successful the implementation will be. Management will need a measure of patients and need to invest in users to learn, documents and carry that intelligence throughout the organization.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

John S.
Industry: Government Administration
Company size: 10,001+ Employees

WebFOCUS as the go-to app for data dissemination

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 03/10/2019
Review Source: Capterra

My users throughout the state of New Jersey are finally buying into the fact they can create 'what-if' scenarios and modelling with the data I'm preparing for them.

Pros

Accessibility to data regardless of where it is stored. Easeat which to disseminate the reports I generate. Ease of use of the Security Package whereby I can allow or disallow access to data, folders or a single call of a report.

Cons

We seem to always be on the cutting edge of the product and what we want to do. Sometimes it seems like we are the first to come up with a particular question. But an answer is always forthcoming even if it is not instantaneous.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Debra W.
Industry: Insurance
Company size: 501-1,000 Employees

Powerful tool for visualizations

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 23/06/2020
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

We are creating scheduled reports, portals, dashboards, data feeds, and spreadsheets. Our business partners are empowered to do most of the work themselves rather than relying on IT.

Pros

We constantly push this product to its limits. The web interface combined with AppStudio allows us to do things many other similar products can't. The customer service is top notch. Occasionally it shows its roots from the mainframe product but they are constantly looking to improve.

Cons

My biggest issue with the software is the scheduling tool. It is great for individuals but not really an enterprise tool.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Steven H.
Industry: Logistics & Supply Chain
Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees

Not user friendly, terrible customer support, limited customization

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 15/03/2019
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

My experience has been to find ways to use the product as little as possible. By that meaning using it for getting basic data on the back end, then coding the front end of the reports myself. This way I am able to create the reports and dashboards with more functionality, modern styling and have them be responsive for viewing on multiple platforms (Desktop, tablet, phone).

Pros

This works good for the average adhoc user that will doing basic, single database reporting.

The forum they have has been very helpful. I have found out more answers from other users than I have been able to find in their docs or from their tech support.

Cons

There are so many bugs in this product. I have multiple cases open with their tech support that have been open for months. I currently have a case that has been open for 9 months that they still cannot figure out. Usually the response is something along the lines of that it will be fixed in a later release. Then, in my experience, when updating to a later release the one bug is fixed, but more are introduced and we're back to square one of rebuilding our reports that have broken during the upgrade.

Product lags when trying to do complex queries over multiple databases.

Documentation is very weak and vague, if/when you can actually any documentation at all.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend: 0.0/10

Tomasz M.
Industry: Higher Education
Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees

Favorite & most capable tool for BI analysts

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 23/04/2020
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

The best package for BI developers, no other tools are needed.

Pros

WebFOCUS offers a lot of customization when it comes to reporting, dashboards, infoapps and the platform support FOCUS, javascript, HTML, python and other languages. In our organization, we do not need any other BI platform since WebFOCUS gives Us all the tools we need to make analytics delivered to our community.

Cons

It may take few months to learn WebFOCUS as a developer since there are many things developer should know before creating reporting/analytics. Although after that time a developer will find almost infinite ways of customizing reports as soon as they learn how the WebFOCUS works and executes procedures. GUI could be improved but each year WebFOCUS improves it a lot with updates.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

User recommendation
8.6/10
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WebFOCUS Pricing

WebFOCUS Pricing

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Free Trial
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Value for money

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Value for Money
4.3/5
Based on 170 user ratings
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WebFOCUS Features

WebFOCUS Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Ad hoc Reporting
Business Intelligence
Charting
Customisable Reporting
Dashboard Creation
Data Filtering
Data Import/Export
Data Visualisation
Drag & Drop Interface
Monitoring
Multiple Data Sources
Predictive Analytics
Real Time Analytics
Real Time Data
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integration
Trend Analysis
Visual Analytics
Features
4.5/5
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Video Tutorials

Video Tutorials

Additional information for WebFOCUS

Additional information for WebFOCUS

Key features of WebFOCUS

  • 3D bar/pie charts, histograms, data constellations etc
  • Browse data from warehouses, cubes, ERP or legacy sources
  • Create, publish and share self-contained analytics apps
  • Explore up-to-date data insights from multiple sources
  • Import data from multiple sources, export to popular formats
  • Manage the distribution and sharing of analytics apps
  • Predictive modeling for making better forecasting decisions
  • Self-service data reporting options for all user levels
  • Support for native mobile app sharing to iOS and Android
  • View critical metrics via dashboards and scorecards
  • WebFOCUS BI & Analytics platform available over 3 editions

Benefits

  • WebFOCUS allows BI specialists and developers to manage, analyze, report, develop and distribute information insights to users of all levels.

  • Access and leverage data from multiple information sources, viewing real-time dashboard analytics, charts, scorecards, forecasts and reports.

  • Flexible reporting options allow for a broad range of export to numerous popular formats, along with report scheduling for receiving updates at desired intervals.

  • WebFOCUS InfoAssist+ offers intuitive data exploration within a common interface, making it easy to view rich chart visualizations, raise queries and publish documents.

  • Interact with real-time BI data on any device, whether online or offline with WebFOCUS Mobile BI, built on HTML5 to blend web and native technologies.

  • InfoApps allow interactive analytic content to be packaged within self-contained apps built around a customized interface, running via web page or mobile.

  • Native Mobile Faves app within the WebFOCUS Mobile product suite adds iOS and Android device optimization for distributed analytic apps.
  • WebFOCUS FAQs

    WebFOCUS FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for WebFOCUS.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does WebFOCUS offer?

    WebFOCUS offers the following pricing plans:

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Not Available

    Contact a representative for price quote.

    Q. What are the main features of WebFOCUS?

    WebFOCUS offers the following features:

    • 3D bar/pie charts, histograms, data constellations etc
    • Browse data from warehouses, cubes, ERP or legacy sources
    • Create, publish and share self-contained analytics apps
    • Explore up-to-date data insights from multiple sources
    • Import data from multiple sources, export to popular formats
    • Manage the distribution and sharing of analytics apps
    • Predictive modeling for making better forecasting decisions
    • Self-service data reporting options for all user levels
    • Support for native mobile app sharing to iOS and Android
    • View critical metrics via dashboards and scorecards
    • WebFOCUS BI & Analytics platform available over 3 editions

    Q. Who are the typical users of WebFOCUS?

    WebFOCUS has the following typical customers:

    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

    Q. What languages does WebFOCUS support?

    WebFOCUS supports the following languages:

    Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

    Q. What type of pricing plans does WebFOCUS offer?

    WebFOCUS has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does WebFOCUS support mobile devices?

    WebFOCUS supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does WebFOCUS integrate with?

    WebFOCUS integrates with the following applications:

    SAP Business One

    Q. What level of support does WebFOCUS offer?

    WebFOCUS offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials