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Britain’s Leading Leisure Company Selects WebFOCUS Over Other BI Tools for Real-Time Financial, Sales, and Reservation Reporting

London, UK – March 18 2004 – Information Builders, the leader in enterprise business intelligence (BI) and real-time Web reporting, announced that Bourne Leisure, one of Britain’s leading leisure companies with well known brands including Butlins, Haven, British Holidays, and Warner, has chosen Information Builders’ business intelligence tool, WebFOCUS, to deliver management and sales reports to users via the company’s intranet.

Following the acquisition of Rank Holidays, Bourne Leisure required a web based reporting solution which would deliver ‘standardised’ management information reports to users throughout the group.

Using WebFOCUS, Bourne Leisure is now able to deliver focused financial, management, and sales reports to over 400 staff from account clerks to directors at 60 different locations in the UK. The WebFOCUS reports access data from the company’s financial, sales, and reservation databases running on Microsoft SQL servers and are managed and maintained by trained staff in-house rather than costly contractors.

The new system has minimised report production times and, by enabling access to the reports via the company’s intranet, has decreased the previously high bandwidth requirements for reporting. With WebFOCUS, staff now have open access to real-time business information, including sales ledger, stock control, sales margin and debters reports helping them to make informed business decisions and review activity and productivity across the whole company.

WebFOCUS replaces an old system of e-mailed Excel and HTML reports that required a lot of maintenance, took up large quantities of bandwidth, and had to be managed by outside contractors rather than staff. After looking at solutions from a range of companies, including Business Objects, Cognos, and Actuate, Bourne Leisure selected Information Builders’ WebFOCUS because it offered a broader mix of functionality at a more reasonable cost.

Mark Humble, financial reporting systems development manager at Bourne Leisure said, “Implementing WebFOCUS has enabled us to provide information to staff more quickly and easily than before, minimising our bandwidth usage and ensuring managers are not swamped with information they don’t want or need. We chose Information Builders because it offered all around functionality, and it was clear that the benefits of implementing the system would quickly justify the costs. Having successfully implemented the system for financial and management reporting we’re now looking to incorporate HR and use WebFOCUS to manage reports on staff training needs throughout the company.”

“Bourne Leisure is yet another example of how corporations are leveraging data across the organisation to drive business performance,” said Gerald Cohen, CEO of Information Builders. “With analysis and reporting for finance, sales, reservations, and soon-to-be HR, they are implementing BI technology to get a real-time view of their enterprise.”


About Bourne Leisure
Bourne Leisure is one of Britain's leading leisure companies with over 35 years experience. The company combines well known and established brands such as Haven, British Holidays, Haven Europe, Warner and Butlins with holiday home ownership through its Owners Exclusive programme.
Bourne Leisure's team of over 12,000 provides holiday home ownership for 22,500 families and holidays for over 4 million guests each year. Bourne Leisure is a privately owned company with an annual turnover of £750 million. The company owns and operates a leisure asset base across 64 resorts in the UK and France, with a value in excess of £1 billion.

About Information Builders
Information Builders, a £160 million company, is the leader in enterprise business intelligence and real-time Web reporting. The company's WebFOCUS product - the industry's most secure and flexible - is able to meet all the reporting needs of the extended enterprise, ranging from analysts to power users to the widest deployments for hundreds of thousands of users.

Additionally, WebFOCUS' empowerment of organisations seeking to leverage all their data by accessing it all from legacy to data warehouse is unmatched. Information Builders' award-winning technology has successfully provided quality software and superior services for 29 years to more than 12,000 customers, including most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal, state, and local government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,750 people, and has over 350 business partners. For more information visit:

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Christine Jamieson
Information Builders
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