Analytics provider Information Builders has debuted a version of its WebFocus BI system just for governments, and the WebFocus Cloud Express will be part of the UK's G-Cloud Framework.
Public Sector Analytics
We often speak about analytics as it pertains to business needs, but of course governments are consumers of similar Web technology, and Information Builders apparently decided this ample sector needed a bit of BI love. WebFocus Cloud Express features an embedded data warehouse based on Microsoft SQL Server 2012, and offers data discovery, data visualization and reporting.
The company has partnered with a company called Amtex, a systems integrator, to get the Saas technology up and running, and potentially give government users a bit of a price break. Of course, even at a discounted price, the WebFocus Cloud Express version is meant to a high performance tool, Information Builders has promised.
It's a Web based system, so there's nothing to download or install, and all the reporting and dashboard tools are available through the browser. Several UK government bodies are already using WebFocus, so the company must feel like it has developed a bit of a following there. A Gartner Business Intelligence MQ from back in February counted Information Builders as a leader in BI, and one of its strengths is that people really liked its reporting abilities.
Availible in the CloudStore
Since governments produce so much publicly consumable information, it makes sense they would want to have a tool to help build detailed reports that were interactive and usable. WebFocus uses wizard style interfaces that are said to be intuitive, and development tools that don't require technical knowledge.
Additionally, the system comes prebuilt with more than 26 data adapters for accessing data from disparate sources. As part of the UK's G-Cloud program, WebFocus joins thousands of other products in what is known as the CloudStore. WebFocus Cloud Express can be found there by government agencies for 60 pounds per user per month.