ibi Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

ibi

Information Builders' scalable BI and analytics platform

4.48/5 (170 reviews)

ibi overview

What is ibi?

ibi, formerly WebFOCUS is a 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 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.
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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 other markets, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

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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ibi user reviews

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Michael Williams

Amazingly versatile, however it does carry a significant learning curve to maximize that versatility

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-05-24
Review Source: Capterra

Environment to automate regular reporting and to expand and enhance the availability of data to my organization.

Pros
Numerous export formats, versatile software which offers a savvy developer several avenues to accomplish the requirements of their audience. The Active Format is a very unique offering allowing developers to give users the ability to drive their own analysis from reports through sorting, filtering, charting and being able to export their work.

Cons
FOCUS itself has a steep learning curve that is very dependent on the capabilities of the entity that is going to implement and use it. Your environment will carry a heavy influence on how successful the implementation will be. Management will need a measure of patients and need to invest in users to learn, documents and carry that intelligence throughout the organization.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Tomasz Malinowski

Favorite & most capable tool for BI analysts

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-04-23
Review Source: Software Advice

The best package for BI developers, no other tools are needed.

Pros
WebFOCUS offers a lot of customization when it comes to reporting, dashboards, infoapps and the platform support FOCUS, javascript, HTML, python and other languages. In our organization, we do not need any other BI platform since WebFOCUS gives Us all the tools we need to make analytics delivered to our community.

Cons
It may take few months to learn WebFOCUS as a developer since there are many things developer should know before creating reporting/analytics. Although after that time a developer will find almost infinite ways of customizing reports as soon as they learn how the WebFOCUS works and executes procedures. GUI could be improved but each year WebFOCUS improves it a lot with updates.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Steven Hall

Not user friendly, terrible customer support, limited customization

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-03-15
Review Source: Software Advice

My experience has been to find ways to use the product as little as possible. By that meaning using it for getting basic data on the back end, then coding the front end of the reports myself. This way I am able to create the reports and dashboards with more functionality, modern styling and have them be responsive for viewing on multiple platforms (Desktop, tablet, phone).

Pros
This works good for the average adhoc user that will doing basic, single database reporting. The forum they have has been very helpful. I have found out more answers from other users than I have been able to find in their docs or from their tech support.

Cons
There are so many bugs in this product. I have multiple cases open with their tech support that have been open for months. I currently have a case that has been open for 9 months that they still cannot figure out. Usually the response is something along the lines of that it will be fixed in a later release. Then, in my experience, when updating to a later release the one bug is fixed, but more are introduced and we're back to square one of rebuilding our reports that have broken during the upgrade. Product lags when trying to do complex queries over multiple databases. Documentation is very weak and vague, if/when you can actually any documentation at all.

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Likelihood to recommend: 0/10

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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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Lauren Davis

Information Builders is great!

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-10-03
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, IB has been very helpful to deliver our products. Customer support is great as well.

Pros
I love the customized visualizations and the ability to disconnect reports from the server to send to member hospitals.

Cons
Sometimes it is not as flexible as I would hope. Using the indocument analytics, I cannot always create the visualizations or filters I would like.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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ibi pricing

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ibi features

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

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Customizable Reporting (109 other apps)
Monitoring (92 other apps)
Multiple Data Sources (81 other apps)
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Third Party Integration (126 other apps)

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Additional information for ibi

Key features of ibi

  • 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

ibi 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.