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Information Builders Introduces WebFOCUS Intelligent Search

  • March 17 2006, 1:00am EST

Information Builders, an enterprise business intelligence (BI) standard for organizations around the world, introduced WebFOCUS Intelligent Search, a pioneering, easy-to-use tool that harnesses the power of enterprise search, BI reporting, and integration technology to tap into previously inaccessible and unsearchable enterprise records. By linking unstructured and structured data, WebFOCUS Intelligent Search gives business users full access to enterprise information, enabling intelligent organizational decisions.

The demand for extensive enterprise search capabilities is on the rise as companies recognize the convenience of searching corporate data through simple keyword searches, resulting in productivity enhancements and more insightful decision-making. IDC estimates the enterprise search software market reached a total worth of $1 billion in 2005. However search results are only useful if the information is accessible.

With the majority of corporate data ensnared in structured data sources such as databases that elude Google search capabilities, iWay's integration capabilities enable these data stores to be included in enterprise searches in tandem with accessible unstructured data sources such as HTML files. Information Builders WebFOCUS can then merge and analyze the data to provide easy-to-understand BI reports from the formerly disjointed information. Through the collaboration of Google, Information Builders, and iWay Software, WebFOCUS Intelligent Search represents the long-anticipated convergence of three key technology trends: unstructured document search, structured data search and BI-powered enterprise reporting.

"We've relied on Information Builders and iWay Software to provide comprehensive business intelligence and integration solutions for years, putting critical business information at our executives' fingertips," said John Sheridan, director of IT at Administaff. "Adding enterprise search capabilities to this powerful mix gives our executives full access to information throughout our extended network to make mission-critical decisions and ensure continued corporate success."

"The Googleization of BI is inexorable," says Wayne Eckerson, director of research and services at TDWI, a business intelligence research and education organization. "Business professionals are wondering why they can use Google and other search engines to locate billions of documents scattered across millions of machines worldwide in a matter of nanoseconds but can't do the same for corporate data stored on a few dozen systems in the company data center. WebFOCUS Intelligent Search marks a major step towards bridging these two worlds."

In today's modern enterprise, all core applications are fed information from messages that flow through the networks and connect the enterprise. The iWay Enterprise Index monitors these networks and transforms all messages into formats that can be indexed by the Google Search Appliance. The index chronicles any and all available enterprise data regardless of its current form (e.g., B2B, EDI, ERP, flat files, or Web services). Google runs the front-end of the system, and no user training is required. Hits from the entered search terms provide users with relevant information stored in the core applications. Because Information Builders' WebFOCUS can natively read every data base and application, WebFOCUS then uses algorithms to connect the search terms with the hit information, original indexed material, and the target to which the message was sent. WebFOCUS creates a report from that data target, enriching the available report for the requested information. The result is rapid, at-your-fingertips retrieval of information that previously would have been locked up in proprietary information systems. With WebFOCUS Intelligent Search, users can quickly and easily generate BI reports from formerly disjointed, unreachable data.

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