March 26, 2008 Information Builders announced the availability of WebFOCUS Performance Metrics Manager (PMM), an entry point to performance management.
Information Builders PMM provides an incremental performance management solution with key performance indicator (KPI)-driven dashboards, using wizards, pre-built dashboards and analytic tools.
For many organizations, particularly small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) or those beginning to understand their control points, the most challenging step toward performance management is getting metrics defined, tracked and organized. For them, a bottom-up approach such as PMM not only allows a quick path to results, but also represents a manageable approach to building a culture of performance.
Information Builders PMM delivers an integrated metrics dashboard system, analysis, collaboration and alert threading in a start package. Businesses can begin to collect and consolidate metrics from anywhere in the enterprise and publish them within weeks through role-based dashboards. PMM comes with prebuilt starter kits addressing the vertical and horizontal markets, including supply chain, health care, banking, human resources, IT and call center. It also offers more than 350 wizard-based industry metrics to create a pool or scorecards.
When an organization is ready to align their metrics with strategic goals, organize strategy maps and scorecards and align them with initiatives, themes and processes, they can leverage their efforts with an upgrade to the more comprehensive Performance Management Framework (PMF) that supports these capabilities.
Information Builders PM suite was written from scratch using native WebFOCUS and iWay technologies.
The Information Builders PM suite was designed expressly to support the business user. Rather than having IT create new dashboards or new metric feeds, business users can assemble custom dashboards from a catalog of gadgets and point to a metric data source and schedule refreshes on a periodic basis. Using the iWay integration platform, more than 400 data and application sources are automatically available, including RDBMS, legacy file systems, SAP BW and R3, Oracle and Microsoft MDDs and SOA message busses.
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