Since 1996, InetSoft has offered BI tools for dashboards, analysis, and reporting that are easy, agile, and robust. InetSoft's flagship product, Style Intelligence™, goes beyond traditional BI tools by providing a complete BI software platform which includes fine-grained security and administration for accessing diverse data sources. In addition to pixel-perfect report publication, this advanced BI platform offers powerful yet easy-to-use Web-based applications for dashboard creation and interactive visual analysis.
A key InetSoft mission is to enable maximum end-user self-service. From the company's inception 15 years ago, InetSoft has sought to empower businesses and their staff with unfettered access to BI technology, and has challenged the artificial conventions and obstacles that previously hindered adoption of BI software by some organizations.
This self-service mission is strongly manifested in the design of our software. We require our software to be easy to deploy, easy to administer, and easy to use. Unlike traditional business intelligence solutions that perpetuate complexity in order to inflate licensing and consulting fees, InetSoft delivers BI software that is simple and approachable to business users, thus lowering the total cost of ownership.
Tremendous opportunities are lost when business intelligence software is only made accessible to power-users and IT personnel, because it is the business end-user who best understands the business questions that need to be answered. We have therefore designed Style Intelligence so that average business users can do their own analysis and create their own dashboards and reports, with little or no support from IT specialists and database administrators.
Self-service and user empowerment are among the rapidly emerging requirements of modern operational BI. The reason for this is that business people often cannot know in advance what questions they may need to answer. They cannot foresee the business changes that may require looking at data in new ways. If business users are allowed to become locked into yesterday's dashboards and reports, their ability to harness new opportunities is significantly impaired.
Users need to be able to rapidly adapt reports and dashboards to changing business conditions. Yesterday's business questions may not be today's business questions. Yesterday's data sources may not be today's data sources. Users need to be able to adapt rapidly and confidently.
Traditional BI software has failed to address this need for flexibility and adaptability. Indeed, traditional BI solutions make integrating diverse data sources so overly complex that frustrated users often resort to exporting operational BI data into Excel spreadsheets in order to combine it with external data. This is the very institutionalization of wasted effort. Every time the user needs to update their analysis, they will manually repeat the same set of tedious steps, creating multiple duplicate databases, and multiplying opportunities for error.
This kind of data mashup is becoming so common in enterprise applications that these error-prone methods, such as Excel export, are no longer acceptable to business users. InetSoft's BI tool addresses the need for rapid integration of data sources by supporting full end-user data mashup. This means that end-users, on their own, can combine diverse data sources to create automatically updating reports and dashboards, and can share these easily with others in the organization, all from within the primary BI software application.
For more discussion of this unique capability, read a business intelligence white paper on "End-User Defined Data Mashup: The Case for Giving More Power to End-Users of Business Intelligence Applications".