First Closed-Loop Mobile Business Intelligence Solution for All Handheld Devices Extends Interactive Enterprise Information to All Users
London, UK - April 16, 2002 - Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence solutions for real-time information delivery via the Web, today announced enhanced mobile solutions for WebFOCUS. New features include data capture and update capabilities on mobile devices, seamless e-mail-based reporting from all Web applications, and full support for BlackBerry Wireless HandheldsÔ from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSE: RIM).
The latest WebFOCUS release delivers closed-loop mobile business intelligence solutions for all
handheld devices - a first in the business intelligence market. The new capabilities released exclusively by Information Builders allow users to perform data capture and update from handheld devices, meaning that enterprise-wide information can be updated, all the way down to back-end databases. Reporting can also be done via e-mail from any Web application using Information Builders’ technology and any existing information assets. The entire suite of mobile solutions can now be accessed via BlackBerryÔ handhelds, a new capability in this release.
For example, Information Builders is developing a solution for hospital care workers and physicians, who are constantly mobile, to enter data on a handheld device and send that data wirelessly to any back-end database to update records. Currently, patient data is written on paper forms, then reentered by hand into a computer - a time-consuming and mistake-laden process. With WebFOCUS mobile solutions, data entry occurs via a mobile device while the patient is present, reducing the potential for human error and accelerating the data entry/update process. Use of the application will help improve the quality of patient care, as well as the accuracy of general health records.
WebFOCUS’ data capture capabilities also allow handheld users to send alerts or trigger other actions based on that data. Performing much like a Web browser, a thin client on the handheld uses links for navigation, supports input via HTML-forms, validates forms and login, and displays corporate graphics. The data-capture feature, and all other WebFOCUS mobile functionality, also includes support of all BlackBerry handhelds. This provides today’s businesses with a secure, always-on, completely wireless solution, and allows users to deploy their applications to BlackBerry handhelds.
“RIM and Information Builders have been working together for over a year to offer mobile business intelligence solutions to BlackBerry users,” said Mark Guibert, vice president, brand management at Research In Motion. “Information Builders’ newest offering expands the value of the integrated offering further by allowing users to input information from the field as well as receive information.”
Other enhancements include the ability to “mobilise” any Web application using WebFOCUS e-mail reporting technology for pulling and pushing data. This solution uses existing infrastructure to provide seamless integration with corporate security and user management systems.
Users gain access via a corporate-designed front-end that leverages existing security infrastructure, and can request reports from any e-mail client on a handheld device or desktop computer. WebFOCUS mobile solutions provide cost-effective, reliable, and secure access to existing enterprise information sources for users away from the office.
“The ability to use mobile devices in your organisation, while closing the information loop - or giving the users the ability to be notified and update data from the field - is what people are really looking for,” says Information Builders UK Managing Director Jim Irving. “Mobile devices should be an extension of the enterprise. The new WebFOCUS mobile information delivery capabilities, as well as our strong partnership with RIM, help accomplish this goal.”
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About Information Builders
Information Builders provides its customers with robust business intelligence, specialising in real-time information delivery over the Web. Headquartered in New York, Information Builders helps companies and government organisations improve their mission-critical operations by transforming data into usable information and delivering it to employees, managers, partners, and customers through the Internet. With the award-winning WebFOCUS solution, Information Builders delivers information for more than 11,000 global customer sites, including most of the Fortune 100 and all U.S. federal government agencies. The company employs 1,900 people worldwide and generated revenues exceeding 0 million in 2001. For more information, visit http://www.informationbuilders.com .
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