InetSoft Technology: BI Design Philosophy

By providing a choice between using a visual report design tool, a finely tuned API or a combination of the visual and API approach, the software package gives programmers ultimate control.

Style Intelligence includes the following visual analysis tools:
  • Built-in support for a wide range of data sources such as XML, relational databases, OLAP, and EJB.
  • Built-in support for Swing JTable, Tea Set grids and other commercial table/grid components.
  • Ability to export a report to a variety of file types including PDF, PostScript, HTML, CSV, RTF, and Excel.
  • Easy to use visual report template designer.
  • Report scripting based on standard JavaScript.
  • Over 80 pre-built table styles to choose from.
  • Full support for page formatting and pagination.

Style Report Enterprise and Style Intelligence offer a Web-based servlet, RMI, server clustering and failover implementations of the report server (repository).

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Fully Extensible

With built-in support for a wide range of visual tables and pre-built table styles, printing a professional looking report is a simple process.

Although InetSoft BI products include a large number of ready-to-use table styles and adapters for printing many types of data, the extensibility of the software was not sacrificed. Due to the object-oriented design of Style Intelligence, users can easily extend the software to support new data sources, create new styles, print new widgets and more.

As a Java programmer's toolkit, InetSoft products fully support platform independence and internationalization. The software does not use any native or non-portable code. It is written in 100% Java code and is built on top of the basic platform independent printing provided by the Java AWT system.

InetSoft Viewpoint

"Is performance management expensive? There clearly are expenses associated with it. It’s not so much the technology. Good systems can be bought for tens of thousands of dollars. They don’t have to be hundreds of thousands of dollars. But what’s the cost associated with how you do things? Or how you look at things?

The benefits are pretty extraordinary if you crack the code on that. Performance management really shines you have a C-level executive, whether it be the CFO or the CEO, or in some instances, the CIO. But typically it’s the either the CEO or the CFO who have vision for performance management. They realize that they need to do things differently. And not just for things like compliance, but for real transparency. Then things can start to happen.

Part of the challenge with performance management is that sometimes it gets hung up in the department of finance, yet it really applies more broadly in the enterprise. Most organizations haven’t gotten there, yet. Some have applied it to operations. Some have gone beyond just the financial indicators of an organization. So that’s a big thing being able to do that, but also being able to reconcile the information, or the way you manage the business, the way that we report things, that’s another challenge." - Mark Flaherty, CMO, InetSoft

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