WebFOCUS 8206

On-Premises and in the Cloud

WebFOCUS 8206 introduces significant enhancements throughout the product line, as well as fixes, incorporating UI/UX best practices throughout.

Learn more about the key features that we are so excited about.

Creating Content

Custom JavaScript and CSS for Designer Pages

Unlock nearly limitless styling options and functionality enhancements in your pages with custom cascading style sheet and JavaScript code. You can enable the CSS and JavaScript® tabs when creating pages in WebFOCUS Designer, allowing you to apply your own CSS and JavaScript to classes that you assign to objects on the page. Use custom CSS styling to ensure that branding is consistent across your content, and use custom JavaScript to add new buttons, menu options, and even new components, enabling truly customized page development, facilitated by available Designer JavaScript API object classes.

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In-Document Analytics Enhancements

Create interactive content for your users’ analysis offline, with two new In-Document Analytics output formats and a new Designer style (look and feel).

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Content Creation Enhancements

Customize your charts and reports in WebFOCUS Designer using new, easy-to-use options. Create custom calculated fields to display and interpret the information in your data source using new functions that transform, analyze, and reinterpret your data. Dynamically filter your content with a variety of aggregation options that allow you to focus your insights based on summary, detail, distribution values, and more. Once you’ve created your content, represent it in Excel® spreadsheets, PowerPoint® presentations, and PDFs that you can distribute and continue to edit outside of WebFOCUS - or use In-Document Analytics to transform and analyze your content whenever it’s accessed, even offline.

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Real-Time Charts: Automatic Refresh Option

WebFOCUS allows you to integrate real-time streaming data for your charts using the Automatic refresh option. For example, for IoT Analytics applications, if you configured a connection to a streaming data source using the Kafka® adapter, the Automatic Refresh option can be enabled to update your chart dynamically at a specified interval (in seconds). Depending on your specific use case or requirements, you can configure multiple charts using the Automatic Refresh option and add them to a page, portal, or workbook. Each chart will refresh independently with updated data, based on the specified refresh rate.

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Technical Preview: Creating Reports in WebFOCUS Designer

WebFOCUS Designer provides a simplified interface to core reporting functionality that offers streamlined navigation (fewer clicks). You can quickly customize the display of values in the report to see aggregated values, the distribution of your data, or a detailed list of all values. You can also dynamically filter your report, add custom fields, change the layout of the report, add run-time behavior, and more. Activate the technical preview option to learn more.

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Data Management

Enhanced Join Tool

The WebFOCUS Designer Join Tool has been enhanced, providing you with greater analytical and comparative capabilities. An increased number of join types, an added search bar and filtering capabilities, and a new canvas toolbar improve how you profile, display, and edit your Joins. You can then create content using the resulting single, joined data source.

Administration

Upgrade in Place

The Upgrade-In-Place feature automatically migrates existing data, settings, configuration files, and applications from Release 8.1.05M to Release 8206. The new installation is performed in the same WebFOCUS Release 8.1.05M folder and the installation applies required edits to configuration files, checks the database collation, and makes changes, if necessary. As a safety measure, the installation program backs up the entire directory prior to upgrading and will restore all files in case the installation does not complete successfully.

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Adapters

Adapter for Presto

The Adapter for Presto™ is a distributed SQL query engine designed to query large data sets. The adapter converts application requests into JDBC calls and returns optimized answer sets to the requesting application. For example, a user with data in Hadoop® can use Presto to access that data, as it provides much faster access than Hive™ and other alternatives.

Adapter for Slack

The Adapter for Slack® integrates WebFOCUS with business messaging applications. WebFOCUS can retrieve and post Slack messages and, using the SLACK function, can send Slack messages from a WebFOCUS procedure.

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Adapter for Db2 JDBC

The Adapter for Db2 can now be configured to use JDBC in addition to CLI and CAF. Any user having problems configuring the adapter to use CLI can now avoid those problems by configuring the adapter using JDBC.

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Server

Web Console Enhancements

Several enhancements have been made to the Web Console for this release, such as the ability to save files as favorites, and see a history of the last ten files opened by a user.

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Selecting Adapter Connections for Upload and Data Load

The new JSON-based SET CONNECTION_ATTRIBUTES_EXT command supports the "allow_data_load" parameter to allow the adapter connection to be available for Upload, Quick Copy, and Custom Copy.

JSON Syntax for Adapter Connection Parameters

New JSON-based syntax has been implemented for setting connection attributes. This syntax supports additional connection parameters.

Two new parameters have initially been implemented:

  • auto_prompt to allow prompt for Adapter connection credentials at runtime.
  • allow_data_load to configure SQL Adapter Connections allowed for Upload, Quick Copy, and Custom copy.
Prompting for DBMS Credentials at Runtime for Procedure and Upload

Setting the Connection parameter "auto_prompt": "y" will prompt for user credentials on running a procedure and upload. This parameter is saved in the edaserve.cfg configuration file.

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Resources

KnowledgeBase

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Getting Started Video

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