A better focus: Adobe technology brings new life to BI dashboards

Business intelligence software supplier Information Builders has harnessed Adobe Flex technology to create an environment that allows for incorporating animation and other interactive features into BI dashboards.
By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff February 6, 2008

Business intelligence software supplier Information Builders has harnessed Adobe Flex technology to create an environment that allows for incorporating animation and other interactive features into BI dashboards.
Information Builders calls its new offering WebFOCUS FLEX Enable. It combines the capabilities of the Information Builders WebFOCUS BI platform with the Adobe Flash technology to give developers and analysts the ability to easily deliver rich Internet applications (RIA) for business intelligence.
Information Builders has coined the term “flashboards” to describe the new generation of interactive BI consoles that can be developed with this solution.
“In today’s dynamic and fast-paced business environment, business users need compelling interactive visualizations to conduct timely analysis and make decisions,” says Gerald Cohen, CEO and founder of Information Builders. “WebFOCUS FLEX Enable is the first portable application engine for Flex that is specifically for BI. With this innovation we have not only transformed BI applications into user-friendly RIAs, but are supporting the creation of Web 2.0-style dashboards that jump off the screen through advanced interactivity, animation, and visualization.”
Adobe Flex is the leading integrated development environment
Cohen says WebFOCUS FLEX Enable delivers stunning data representations so users can focus on the most relevant details, follow trends, and transform data into a newscast-like experience. The solution comes with 30 custom components and will work with any current or future version of WebFOCUS.