Information Builders, the enterprise business intelligence (BI) standard of choice for organizations around the world, and Xignite, the leading pure-play provider of financial web services for mission-critical corporate applications, today announced a partnership that integrates Xignite's popular Web services suite of on-demand financial market data with the active reporting capabilities of Information Builders' WebFOCUS.

Xignite develops and markets more than 35 financial Web services that deliver real-time stock quotes, exchange rates, market insight and more. The company used WebFOCUS to create 400 active report templates to accompany its on-demand SOAP-based components. The reports enable users to analyze and report against live financial market data directly from Xignite. Users of WebFOCUS can easily create such reports to integrate dynamic financial data into their own enterprise reporting applications.

WebFOCUS Active Reports, which combine data and interactive controls into a self-contained HTML file, operate within a Web browser without the need for any plug-ins or client-side software. This unique reporting technology lets users interact with the accompanying data as if they were using a general-purpose report writer. Reports are saved along with the data, and can be reused in an interactive fashion on demand. This interactivity is maintained even when a client is disconnected from the network.

WebFOCUS Active Reports are catching on quickly as Web services because they can deliver analytic capabilities to completely portable and disconnected environments, without requiring any special software. Sometimes called portable analytics, this unique reporting technology is ideal for people who need information on the go, such as mobile workers who spend most of their time visiting clients, or service professionals who travel from site to site.

Xignite's Web services are used by hundreds of companies throughout the world. Because they are flexible and easy to integrate, Xignite offerings power different types of applications across many industries. Xignite's on-demand delivery model makes web services compelling for organizations of all sizes - especially in conjunction with this new reporting technology.

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