Managed Reporting Interfaces and Tools

Managed Reporting offers you a selection of products and reporting tools that you use to create and edit portals and reports, manipulate data in an existing report, submit a report for background processing, and view a report.

WebFOCUS Business Intelligence Portal (BI Portal). The BI Portal enables you to build complete, modern websites, with multi-levels of navigation. You can have as many levels as you like.

Content is dynamic and end users experience the drag-and-drop behavior that they are familiar with in popular online portals. This is a key feature, as end users do not need to learn anything new.

While at work, people should have the same satisfying experiences that they have every day when reading news, reading email, and performing other activities. With the BI Portal, the result is zero product training and a high usage rate.

With this product, a portal is easy to build. The BI Portal uses the same familiar ribbon interface that the WebFOCUS report development tool uses. Building a portal is just a matter of a few clicks and drag-and-drop actions. With the BI Portal, anyone who can build a report using can develop an impressive portal without any knowledge of web design. For more information on the BI Portal, see the Business Intelligence Portal manual. For questions on licensing, contact your Information Builders branch representative.

App Studio. Is a Windows-based graphical user interface (GUI) development environment that enables you to build WebFOCUS applications in a single, multi-operational interface. App Studio can be configured as a stand-alone entity, or to operate against a full WebFOCUS environment.

App Studio utilizes the Microsoft Windows® ribbon framework to deliver an interactive user interface (UI) from which you can build multiple business intelligence applications in the same workspace.

In App Studio, you can do the following:

WebFOCUS Designer. Is a web-based development tool that you can use to develop interactive, responsive pages and meaningful InfoApps, using content that you or other members of your organization develop. The WebFOCUS Designer offers an integrated filter control capability that enables you to create compelling applications. Other features include an interactive canvas, responsive grid layout, streamlined resources tree, and intuitive ways of adding content to a page. The WebFOCUS Designer also offers a modern user interface with simplified navigation and the flexibility to build filtered responsive pages that are compatible with many browsers or mobile devices.

For more information on WebFOCUS Designer, see the Using WebFOCUS Designer manual.

. WebFOCUS is a reporting tool that extends the power of WebFOCUS Managed Reporting. provides business users with the most advanced, yet simple to use, ad hoc reporting features needed to create intricate reports, charts, and documents from any enterprise information source without IT intervention.

is a Rich Internet Application (RIA) that delivers cutting-edge functionality using a familiar Microsoft® Office-like interface. This highly intuitive environment shields users from the underlying technical complexities associated with ad hoc reporting features, while providing access to all the functionality needed to address mission-critical information requirements. This powerful ad hoc reporting tool enables rapid and efficient design and deployment of reports and charts. It uses an interactive and fully customizable WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) development environment. Users receive instant feedback throughout the development process to ensure that reports and charts are properly built.

For more information on and Insight, see the WebFOCUS User’s Manual.

Deferred Receipt. Deferred Receipt is a report request submission option that allows you to submit a report for background processing. Once you submit a report, you can continue working in Managed Reporting while WebFOCUS processes the report. You then use the Deferred Report Status Interface to view the report output and save the report as private content.

WebFOCUS Viewer. The WebFOCUS Viewer displays report output one page at a time. This tool is useful for reports that contain a large number of pages. Only the first page is sent from the web server to your browser. The WebFOCUS Viewer enables you to page through the output, as well as search for a specific string of text.

Alert Reports. You are able to create an Alert report that will first apply test conditions (rules or events to be checked against a data source) that specify when to create a report. ReportCaster can then be used to specify how often you would like the conditions to be checked and distribute the report to users whenever the conditions are met (true).

For more information about Alert reports and scheduling Alert reports with ReportCaster, see the ReportCaster manual.

For more information about the Alert Assistant tool, see the Business Intelligence Portal manual.

Mobile Viewer. You can use the Mobile Viewer web-based interface to share published content with other users, from a basic URL. To use this feature, you do not need to save content as a Mobile Favorite or create a portal. Instead, you can organize published content in a folder and distribute the URL to this folder to users.

Mobile Favorites. WebFOCUS Mobile Favorites presents a robust platform for information and application delivery to mobile devices, including:

For more information about Mobile Favorites, see the Active Technologies User's Guide and the Mobile Faves User's Manual.

ReportCaster. Is an optional product that provides a single point of management for report scheduling and distribution. ReportCaster enables you to provide essential, updated information directly to the people who need it, on time, automatically.

With ReportCaster, you can:

For more information about ReportCaster, see the ReportCaster manual.