Analysis of WebFOCUS reporting tool
Rupesh More | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 17, 2014

Analysis of WebFOCUS reporting tool

Score 7 out of 10
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Software Version

version 7.7.02

Modules Used

  • ReportCaster
  • Managed Reporting Environment
  • Custom Reports
  • Dashboard
  • WebFocus Reporting Console

Overall Satisfaction with Information Builders WebFOCUS

IBI WebFOCUS was used for generating reports, dashboard. It's Report Caster was used to generate scheduled reports tied to the releases as well for independent time triggered reports. WebFOCUS was used to generate Custom reports for displaying the reports in HTML,Excel or PDF format. The backend was Oracle wherein the code to fetch the data was at the backend. In Webfocus there was a call to these Oracle packages/procedures to get the data from backend to display it on the reports. WebFocus was used only in my project and other departments as well. Being a reporting tool itself webfocus addresses the issues of generating/handling reports, generating dashboards very efficiently. It allows business users to perform predictive analytics with the new version 8, it allows you to generate scheduled reports by writing code in WebFOCUS fex files.
  • In Predictive Analytics. Allowing users to do predictive analytics after analyzing the fund data.
  • Allows users to create a dashboard.
  • Help users in integration with different technologies like Java, Oracle,SQL Server etc.
  • Its ReportCaster allows users to generate independent reports
  • They can penetrate more into handling unstructured data by using Big Data as far as i know they only handle relational databases like Oracle etc.
  • The Interface is not that attractive, so they can work on making a good interface. The interface i used was very old fashioned. They should really work on adding different themes so that users can create their own attractive dashboards.
  • I found out difficult to get the material on the net. So please work on making the product user friendly.
  • Oracle forms and reports,tableau,sql server reports
I found WebFOCUS a great tool for reporting purposes as I have used it for a long time. They should compare themselves with new reporting tools like Tableau and Splunk. Tableau's interface is mind blowing. IBI should learn from Tableau and how they have penetrated the big data market - I especially like the interface and its drag drop facilities. As I said WebFOCUS is a great tool but they need to work on it more to make it the best.
I have seen demos of WebFOCUS version 8 but haven't used it more. It looks more promising than the previous versions like 6 and 7.
Webfocus is widely used across the organization as IBI WebFOCUS is the primary vendor for company's reporting needs for many projects. The company is also trying out new reporting tools like Tableau and Splunk. Company being a financial domain client and in many countries they have a vast number of projects and different departments. On a scale i can say 60% users in the project are WebFOCUS users.
It can very well integrate with relational databases like Oracle, SQL Server using JDBC drivers and open source tools like Java. So merging data can be done easily. For eg. on webfocus reports can call a Oracle package/procedure using a REFCURSOR to get the data from Oracle database itself. You can very well fetch data and then rearrange it in webfocus
WebFOCUS allows users to create ADMIN users, to create Developer profile for developers, UAT users with only testing privileges. So security wise it is clear. Admin users can handle administrative privileges like killing jobs if running long, track the jobs running on the webfocus server and give privileges of adding/deleting/modifying users.
As of sharing, many company's internal reports can be shared as it gives feature to save reports in HTML/Excel and PDF formats.
I think Webfocus needs to work on the interfaces they provide. The interface is not that good. Creating multiple dashboards for reporting purpose is simple. It allows users to creat sutom reports so users can create their own reports. Users can analyze their data in the form of graphs like pie chart, bar graphs and scatter plots.
Being a reporting tool it will find place in most of the organizations as reports are generated everywhere. All banking, finance, IT, telecom, internet, services, government organizations etc, every department requires reports on a daily basis. I think that they should expand their business in the market as i am sure many organizations do not know this product. Also I believe this product will find a great scope in market if advertized properly. More people if they use it, more people can give more inputs which will help them to improve the product.

Using Information Builders WebFOCUS

900 - Many different projects use Webfocus for reporting purposes. They represent teams who work on financial data. Its analysis, analyzing the returns, analyzing the portfolios, anlayizng the share holder data. Creating dashboards, creating scheduled reports tied to releases. creating custom reports in different formats. Using reports in Prod and DR environments.
14 - Atleast 14 people in a team on 100 knows webfocus. I mean the development part of it. There are equal number of business users for testing.
  • Creating reports
  • Custom reports
  • Report Caster
  • Integration with different technologies
  • Security, Adminitrative privileges
  • Creating different dashboards for Fund data
  • Creating scheduled reports tied to MM, CSCP, ICF releases
  • For Predictive analysis of Mutual funds returns