WebFOCUS Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

WebFOCUS

Information Builders' scalable BI and analytics platform

4.46/5 (151 reviews)

WebFOCUS overview

WebFOCUS is Information Builders’ Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics Platform, offering three editions for enabling self-service features for all user levels. Business User Edition, Application Edition and indeed Enterprise Edition, encompass various tools such as InfoAssist+, InfoApps and App Studio to not just generate insights from data but also publish customized analytical applications. This flexibility, scalability and usability is backed by a graphical, integrated development environment and dashboard-based approach to creating a wide variety of BI information content. Financial reporting capabilities draw from 300+ data sources including data warehouses, web services, ERP, CRM and many more. Visualized via rich graphics and charts, resulting reports and dashboards can be distributed as interactive e-documents or exported to HTML, PDF, PowerPoint, Excel and proprietary formats. The built-in ReportCaster engine then handles the delivery of reports to users according to administrator scheduling.

WebFOCUS InfoAssist+ is a single, ad hoc solution for enabling intuitive data discovery, providing graphical chart representations of critical indicators and metrics. Raise queries, charts, dashboards and reports from collective information sources before publishing. Featuring a customizable interface designed to cater for all user levels, InfoAssist+ can be deployed company-wide with Business users also able to author InfoApps. Here, data insights can be packaged and delivered to non-technical users without additional involvement. Available through an app store-like portal, InfoApps go beyond dashboard insights to deliver self-contained visualizations, self-service reports and predictive models all from only the most relevant data. Boasting tailored GUI experiences, InfoApps are optimized for web and mobile and can be viewed on desktop, tablet or smartphone. Extended by the WebFOCUS Mobile platform built on HTML5 technologies, Mobile Faves enriches analytic web apps with a user experience native to iOS and Android – freely available on both platforms.
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Markets

United States, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada and 9 other markets, China, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Mexico, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom

Supported languages

English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Danish and 12 other languages, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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WebFOCUS reviews

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Liessa Campbell

Real feedback based on real life experience

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-07-25
Review Source: Software Advice

Customer support is really great. Nice people.

Pros
OK, this will sound like a promo - but this is real feedback based on real life experience using various BI and FR tools over the years. Over the last decade Finance/BI has inherited many ops tasks as traditional IT departments push to migrate BI and financial reporting to “user self-service”. (Keeps their headcount down and mine up!) WebFocus has all the ‘sexy’ stuff that software vendors are promoting. Great, but I am a production shop and 90% of what we do is just day-to-day critical. WebFocus provides the three critical components I need from a BI software package: InfoAssist helps us manage through staffing churn. I don’t need to hire BI staff with WebFocus experience as most Individuals with any kind of BI experience can launch InfoAssist and figure it out themselves. Reportcaster: My staff can manage standard scheduled report distribution in Reportcaster. Once set up it’s easy to maintain. Speed: “Instant” graphs and analytics is today’s expectation. We’ve got more data than we have time to do report development, so WebFocus gets us to the data for all the one-off reports and charts.

Cons
This is not really a con, but a heads up. WebFocus is a robust BI tool. Setup and security requires your IT Department's "buy in" to support the tool. Yes, it's a BI reporting package, and it can be used for just that, but WebFocus can do so much more - and sooner or later you'll want the 'more'

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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John Shutack

WebFOCUS as the go-to app for data dissemination

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-10-03
Review Source: Capterra

My users throughout the state of New Jersey are finally buying into the fact they can create 'what-if' scenarios and modelling with the data I'm preparing for them.

Pros
Accessibility to data regardless of where it is stored. Easeat which to disseminate the reports I generate. Ease of use of the Security Package whereby I can allow or disallow access to data, folders or a single call of a report.

Cons
We seem to always be on the cutting edge of the product and what we want to do. Sometimes it seems like we are the first to come up with a particular question. But an answer is always forthcoming even if it is not instantaneous.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Tim Brynda

WebFOCUS is a workhorse. It handles the needs of our entire spectrum of users.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-10-27
Review Source: Capterra

This software meets all of the enterprise reporting needs for our organization. From singe-click users to our most advanced super users.

Pros
WebFOCUS does it all in an single platform. From an entry-level single-click user to our most advanced super users running their own ad hoc queries. It is our enterprise reporting solution, and almost every department in our company uses it in one way or another. It is almost unheard of when we run into a reporting challenge that WebFOCUS cannot handle. It is extremely flexible and robust.

Cons
Flexibility comes with complexity, that is a fact of life, and a fact of this software too. When diving into more advanced features, there is a certain level of necessary complexity. Customizations are also a bit of a trap when it comes to future upgrades. We have learned the hard way that just because we can do something a certain way doesn't necessarily mean we should. A fully customized application will work beautifully in the current version, but will make upgrades an uncomfortable experience. Lastly, the GUI for WebFOCUS has not always been the sleekest visually. This is rapidly changing for the better, but historically has lagged behind other reporting vendors.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Larissa Boydston

The suite of products is great, learning curve can be quite high.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-05-23
Review Source: Capterra

Large insights to data trends which were otherwise not noticed. Efficiencies have been made to daily/weekly/monthly tasks by using excel sync's to bring in refreshed data that we couldn't not have mapped into our warehouse. By using this tool, we have created a very efficient report writing team that is spread across our organization and are data experts at an individual department level structure.

Pros
It's a wide open platform with endless customization options. We have yet to run into an issue that was not able to be met by the work done in webfocus. They're online presence is wonderful for tech support and forums which often find us most of our solutions to any sticky situations.

Cons
So many individual pieces in this suite of products, that it's sometimes confusing as to what you actually own, what you need to buy and what you are getting by with. Upgrades happen quite often, so if you don't have a dedicated system engineer to devote time for upgrades, you'll be bringing in your system engineer that was provided by IBI.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Anonymous

The Better Game in Town with room to expance

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-05-23
Review Source: Capterra

I can produce operational and financial reports much easier and quicker than the groups that manage and develop the source systems the data comes from.

Pros
It's very easy to connect different data sources and start mapping your data and building intelligent reports. I haven't found a relevant data source, yet, that WebFOCUS can't connect to. The latest versions of the product make user interaction extremely intuitive and put a lot of power in the hands of end users to create their own dashboards and reports from managed data sources. With the full AppStudio development tool, extremely complicated scenarios can be analyzed and developed by your developers and published to the users.

Cons
Until very recently, there was not a good method for Source Control of WebFOCUS content. For any company that has their BI fall under SOX Audit controls, this might be a little difficult to deal with.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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WebFOCUS pricing

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WebFOCUS features

API
Activity Dashboard
Ad hoc Reporting
Business Intelligence
Charting
Dashboard Creation
Data Filtering
Data Import/Export
Data Visualization
Filtered Views
Real Time Analytics
Real Time Data
Visual Analytics

Collaboration Tools (56 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (83 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (62 other apps)
Monitoring (71 other apps)
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Reporting & Statistics (89 other apps)
Third Party Integration (78 other apps)

Additional information for WebFOCUS

Key features of WebFOCUS

  • Self-service data reporting options for all user levels
  • Create, publish and share self-contained analytics apps
  • Manage the distribution and sharing of analytics apps
  • 3D bar/pie charts, histograms, data constellations etc
  • Support for native mobile app sharing to iOS and Android
  • Predictive modeling for making better forecasting decisions
  • Explore up-to-date data insights from multiple sources
  • Browse data from warehouses, cubes, ERP or legacy sources
  • Import data from multiple sources, export to popular formats
  • WebFOCUS BI & Analytics platform available over 3 editions
  • View critical metrics via dashboards and scorecards
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Benefits

WebFOCUS allows BI specialists and developers to manage, analyze, report, develop and distribute information insights to users of all levels.
Access and leverage data from multiple information sources, viewing real-time dashboard analytics, charts, scorecards, forecasts and reports.
Flexible reporting options allow for a broad range of export to numerous popular formats, along with report scheduling for receiving updates at desired intervals.
WebFOCUS InfoAssist+ offers intuitive data exploration within a common interface, making it easy to view rich chart visualizations, raise queries and publish documents.
Interact with real-time BI data on any device, whether online or offline with WebFOCUS Mobile BI, built on HTML5 to blend web and native technologies.
InfoApps allow interactive analytic content to be packaged within self-contained apps built around a customized interface, running via web page or mobile.
Native Mobile Faves app within the WebFOCUS Mobile product suite adds iOS and Android device optimization for distributed analytic apps.