Information Builders debuts in BPM market

Business intelligence supplier Information Builders is making a belated entry into the business performance management (BPM)...

Business intelligence supplier Information Builders is making a belated entry into the business performance management (BPM) market with the rollout of tools claimed to enable score-carding through the enterprise.

The WebFocus Performance Management Framework will include dashboards, management methodologies and financial reporting capabilities built around standards created by the Balanced Scorecard Collaborative.

In addition to serving upper management, it aims to help regular employees align themselves with corporate goals and strategy. 

While WebFocus has been employed by users in the past to measure performance, this is the first time Information Builders has formally introduced a tool to enforce an orthodox balanced-scorecard approach, said David Cook, director of performance solutions and new business development at Information Builders.

He noted that competitors already sell such products; Hyperion Solutions, for instance, already offers BPM tools. But Information Builders will offer internally developed software rather than applications that are bolted on or have been picked up via acquisition. 

The result is a single, and familiar, type of interface for users. The application will be customisable to suit any company's performance criteria and will support role-based data access and audits. It will also permit immediate access to data as needed. 

The Performance Management Framework is shipping now and prices will start at about $50,000. 

Meanwhile, Information Builders also announced WebFocus Express, which targets value-added resellers and independent software developers who need to do rapid development for online business-intelligence operations.

It has also enhanced its software so that developers who are used to using the tools of middleware maker BEA Systems can write Information Builders-based applications through a BEA interface. Those enhancements are available now.

Marc L Songini writes for Computerworld

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