Embedded Business Intelligence - InetSoft Technology

Business is an ever evolving field. As technology gets more sophisticated and the times change, businesses must adapt. They must not only adapt the way they conduct their business, however, but also the way they track it. Today, there exists three categories of business intelligence software: standalone, integrated, and embedded.

Business intelligence software has been around for a while. In fact, Microsoft Excel is technically a type of business intelligence software. Excel operates with only limited access to a data warehouse that must constantly be updated. This places it in the standalone BI category. Standalone BI applications require highly trained power users to conceptualize advanced formulae to manipulate and track data.

Integrated BI software is a step up from the standalone programs. These programs are slightly more user friendly, allowing themselves to be merged (integrated) with another application to analyze data. These utilities still operate off a static data warehouse and typically require an external BI server process to function.

Embedded BI is the most seamless. Applications in this category operate with access to real-time data stores. They allow users to report and analyze data without leaving the application they use every day. For example, a CRM application where the embedded dashboard displays the daily number of new leads created, or a financial management application that provides immediate drill-through reporting would fall under this category.

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InetSoft's Embedded BI Software

InetSoft's SOA and Java architecture, small footprint, and open standards-based technology makes embedding BI easy. Because of the architecture's 'componentized' nature, there are numerous approaches that can be used for embedding and integration, including:

  • Single sign-on and out-of-box LDAP integration
  • Web service and SOAP architecture
  • CSS driven presentation customization
  • Componentized portal
  • JSP tag library for presentation
  • IIS and MS Share Point integration-ready
  • Java API for data and report manipulation

Java-based Web or desktop applications can embed our engine to render production reports. Key benefits include the ability to:

  • Reduce data query and manipulation complexity
  • Deliver high fidelity, professional quality presentation
  • Leverage standard skills – XML, JavaScript and Java
  • Reduce report maintenance and management cost

Web applications can call our servlet, or Web Services to create seamless integration with minimal coding. It enables business users to gain access to application data with more freedom. Key benefits include the ability to:

  • Maximize dashboard and report value by leveraging native interactivity
  • Extend data access through ad hoc reports
  • Serve many users by exploiting our scalability

Unlimited embedding possibilities exist with InetSoft BI technology that will accommodate the most demanding integration requirements.

Read why choosing InetSoft's cloud-flexible BI provides advantages over other BI options.