Information Builders gives its BI platform more cloud-like capabilities

Multitenancy and increased security measures are aimed at ISVs that want to resell the WebFocus BI tools in SaaS form

Information Builders has added a range of improvements to its WebFocus BI (business intelligence) platform that will make it more appealing to ISVs and other providers that want to offer it as a cloud service, the company announced Tuesday.

First off, the company has introduced support for multitenant deployments, a software architecture common in cloud applications that allows a provider to serve many customers from a single application instance, as well as scale the service on demand.

New security functions provide fine-grained control over which elements of the WebFocus platform are accessible by customers. This allows providers to "differentiate and monetize their reporting service by selectively offering features such as ad-hoc reporting, report scheduling, end-user content sharing and delegated administration," Information Builders said in a statement.

Other security improvements allow a system user's role and data sources to be integrated with LDAP (lightweight directory access protocol) groups.

Information Builders has also created "tenant onboarding templates" that are meant to get new customers live on the system more quickly.

Forrester Research Vice President Boris Evelson had a measured reaction to Information Builders' announcement.

"It's all of the details behind 'multitenancy' that really matter," he said via email. "Do not equate multitenancy with ability to support multiple projects, multiple applications, multiple departments within the same enterprise. All BI tools can do that."

"But there's always an administrator function who has access to everything," he added. "In a true multitenant environment, there now has to be an individual single tenant administrator and an uber administrator."

"That's a significant redesign and rearchitecture for most traditional BI vendors. If [Information Builders] has indeed achieved that, that's great," Evelson said.

WebFocus 8 is based on a redesigned database repository that incorporates "a new hierarchical addressing scheme called Information Builders File System (IBFS) and which is fully integrated with our new security subsystem," said Jim Thorstad, technical director at Information Builders.

The system provides full isolation of tenant users and administrators within a shared WebFocus environment that is managed overall by the provider, he said.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's e-mail address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Chris Kanaracus

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?