Information Builders WebFOCUS Review

Reporting canvas makes it easier to put reports together quickly.


What is our primary use case?

Developer for MI web solutions. Working on 7.7 now moving to 8.02 in a Windows environment. Working with disability MI and need to be able to respond quickly to Congress and field users.

How has it helped my organization?

Has made it easier to produce reports quickly along with dashboards and charts able to respond quickly to congressional inquiries.

What is most valuable?

Reporting canvas makes it easier to put reports together quickly. Meta data canvas allows us to create complex relationship once to be used often.

What needs improvement?

IIt would be nice to have it easier to embed native sql. Release process in our set up is not the safest since it requires changing paths.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Pretty stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Used for many large-scale applications.

How is customer service and technical support?

Overall positive.

Which solutions did we use previously?

For MI, some users used EPM. I didn't use that personally, however. The last solution I used was Cobol. Outdated technology.

How was the initial setup?

Another group had responsibility for most of the setup. My part was fairly straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

Both vendor and in-house.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

A separate committee explored other solutions like Tableau.

What other advice do I have?

Overall it is a user-friendly and powerful solution.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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