InetSoft Technology: Delivering Business Intelligence to Users

Business applications can interface with end users either through a graphical user interface (GUI), a thin client (usually a web browser) or an exported report (PDF, RTF, Excel, etc). Developers can use the JFC libraries, Swing, or a large number of commercial GUI component libraries to build sophisticated, platform-independent, internationalized GUIs.

Alternatively, developers can use Web programming with JSP's and/or servlets to develop 'thin client' applications. Style Intelligence facilitates business report application development for all of these methodologies.

InetSoft supplies a tool set to facilitate business report application development in a Java environment. These report development tools are provided in a family of three products, namely Style Report Pro, Style Report Enterprise Edition and Style Intelligence. The product set provides features that allow developers to easily create applications capable of presenting business reports to end users via GUI, thin client, or exported report.

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The InetSoft product set offers tremendous flexibility to support a range of application development philosophies, from “heads down, hands on” coding (programmatic), to the use of high-level intuitive and visual report development and server administration tools. If necessary, it is possible to combine the use of the high-level tools with the programmatic approach, thus utilizing the best of both worlds.

This degree of flexibility means that developers do not compromise between power and flexibility or ease of use.

The recommended approach for report development with InetSoft products is to use the high-level report development tools, since this method significantly speeds up and simplifies implementation. Only use the reporting Java API when absolutely necessary.

In the Enterprise Edition and up, tools are included to create server side reports, managed in a centralized repository.

InetSoft Viewpoint

"You actually use more business intelligence capabilities. So in between the execution phase and the final evaluation, you’re constantly tracking and monitoring your performance so you can tune your execution. That’s where business intelligence with dashboards for analysis and monitoring come in. And in between the evaluation phase and incorporating your learnings or findings and adapting your strategy, you need to do some in-depth analytics.

That’s the more traditional forecasting or predictive analytics as well as things like data mining. So there is a piece that is more business intelligence as it relates to the management system, and then there is a piece that is more performance management, and you couple them together.

After some months of active use of the platform, go back to the users and find out where they get value out of the system, what they’ve been using it for, and start to use those thought leaders, the folks that have been the most aggressive users getting this value out of it. Use them, perhaps, as a way to add the additional performance management capabilities into the organization." - Mark Flaherty, CMO, InetSoft

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