WebFocus introduces plug-and-play consumer Web services

Information Builders Inc., a company focusing on enterprise business intelligence (BI) solutions and real-time Web reporting, has expanded the data integration capabilities of WebFocus through the addition of a Web services adaptor.

The WebFocus Web Services Adaptor enables Web services created and deployed using any Web-services authoring tool to be directly consumed by the WebFocus report server and manipulated as though it were relational data.

"This new adaptor makes WebFocus the only business intelligence solution that can both read the output of a Web service such as a data source, as well as be called to present data as a Web service. In other words, WebFocus is both a consumer and publisher of Web services," explains Twanette Jurd of ICL, representative for Information Builders.

"Large enterprises are standardizing on Web services and service-oriented architectures as a means of implementing low-cost, high-ROI, standards-based integration," she says. "By enabling Web services to be accessed and manipulated as easily as if they were another relational database, customers employing Web services as a standard means of integrating data, applications, transaction systems or packaged applications now have virtually unlimited access to enterprise data through WebFocus," Jurd says.

The WebFocus Web Services Adaptor enables customers to author, publish and deploy Web services. Once published, WebFocus enables metadata describing the Web service as a relational structure to be automatically created, cataloged, and made directly accessible for reporting or analytical purposes.

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