Information Builders, a leader in enterprise business intelligence (BI) and operational reporting, announced last week that it was named as a leader in Forrester Research, Inc.'s report, "Grading BI Reporting and Analysis Solutions," which was published on August 23. Information Builders was ranked as a leader in every category examined -- analytic reporting, enterprise reporting, business reporting and consolidated platform reporting. Information Builders' position within each category also indicates that it has the strongest product strategy of all companies evaluated.

Forrester surveyed 13 BI vendors for this report. The Forrester Wave charts have three major elements -- current offering, strategy and market presence. Forrester evaluated each vendor's offering as follows: 26 criteria related to the current offering, 10 for strategy and 10 for market presence, for a total of 46 criteria. Using four scenarios -- analytic reporting, enterprise reporting, business reporting and a consolidated reporting platform encompassing all -- Forrester assigned weightings to each of the criteria to help prospective buyers understand the strengths and weaknesses of the products in each situation.

"Large organizations need very flexible analytical and operational BI systems to broadly distribute information that executives and employees need to improve their business. WebFOCUS has proven successful in this capacity, as well as in larger applications that interact with customers, partners, and suppliers. We find that Forrester's BI Wave validates our product focus and vision for the BI market," said Gerald Cohen, CEO of Information Builders.

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