Managed Reporting Overview

WebFOCUS enables application developers and web designers to create powerful decision-support applications and Enterprise Information Systems that deliver easy access to the information that users need, regardless of hardware platforms, data source structures, or application programs. Administrators grant authorized users access to the information they need, while restricting unauthorized users from sensitive or confidential data. Developers can create sophisticated web pages that enable end users to view static reports, run dynamic reports, and create parameterized queries for individual requests.

Users of Managed Reporting can create and save reports that meet their individual business needs without knowing the details and complexities of the underlying data source or of the WebFOCUS reporting language. Managed Reporting ensures that users can access the information they require, while protecting sensitive or confidential data.

Managed Reporting has many features that enable security integration with your business at the enterprise level. Managed Reporting utilizes the WebFOCUS Repository, which is a relational (SQL) database repository configured during the WebFOCUS Client installation. For more information, see the WebFOCUS Security and Administration manual.

The first step in an enterprise Managed Reporting deployment is to identify roles and responsibilities. It is possible in a large enterprise that there are different people charged with the following roles:

After you have identified roles and responsibilities, the WebFOCUS Administrator should decide how users will be authenticated and authorized to use Managed Reporting. To configure this security option, use the WebFOCUS Administration Console. For more information, see the WebFOCUS Security and Administration manual.

WebFOCUS Client Repository and Authorization Security Model. Uses the Universal Object Access layer, an implementation of Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), to enforce security across all resources in the repository. The flexibility of the model enables an administrator to implement security at a granular level for every resource in the WebFOCUS Repository, if needed. User actions can be permitted or not permitted for individual combinations of users and resources. Access can be granted or specifically denied on a group or individual level, and it can be inherited from higher folders.

Highlights of the model include:

As an administrator, you can create a comprehensive security model for your WebFOCUS implementation. For more information on the security model, see the WebFOCUS Security and Administration manual.