Ventana Research Names Information Builders Hot Vendor in the 2009 Value Index for Performance Management

Amstelveen, 15 Juni 2009

Information Builders, an independent leader in business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced that Ventana Research , a leading benchmark research and advisory services firm, has selected the company as the overall Hot Vendor in its first-ever Value Index on Performance Management. Information Builders secured a weighted top-ranking position for products and customer assurance supporting performance management. According to Ventana Research, those earning the highest Hot Vendor classification are certified to best represent buyer value based on a thorough evaluation and audit of the company and its products based on research and verified facts.

"I want to congratulate Information Builders for achieving the Hot Vendor rating that is provided to only those vendors whose technology and commitment to help organizations is at the highest level," said Mark Smith, CEO and executive vice president of Ventana Research. "Our research and assessment covers the complete spectrum of evaluation criteria from usability to manageability and provides a faster and smarter method to evaluate those vendors who were able to handle the scrutiny of our detailed analysis."

The Ventana Research Value Index for Performance Management in 2009 is an impartial guide that evaluates technology that can be used by business and IT for performance management (PM) in the context of seven categories: adaptability, manageability, reliability, usability, functionality, total cost of ownership (TCO), and return on investment (ROI). It is the result of more than a decade of analysis of technology suppliers' products and how well they satisfy specific business and IT needs. It is based on research across all vertical industries and organizations of all sizes. The methodology used assesses product functionality, suitability-to-task, and the effectiveness of vendor support for the buying process and customer assurance. The Value Index represents the value a vendor's offerings and relevant aspects of its products and services, using both a clear and accessible graphic representation in thermometer form and a precise numerical index.

"Our Performance Management Framework solution is being used in many industry settings, and Ventana recognizes the unique value this solution provides," said David Cook, vice president of performance management solutions at Information Builders. "The ability to rapidly deliver pervasive performance management, and leverage the WebFOCUS and iWay software platforms to do this, is a unique offering in the marketplace."

Information Builders performance management solutions are developed with the belief that everyone in an organization, from CEO to process clerk to supplier, needs access to good information so that everyone can understand and contribute toward strategic goals. Information Builders WebFOCUS Performance Management Framework (PMF) is a flexible, modular PM framework that is easily tailored to help organizations create and manage a culture of performance and accountability. Customization abilities include personalized end user dashboards, metric blogging, print-quality publishing, mobile alerts, deep analytics, strategy authoring, and easy-to-use set-up wizards. With WebFOCUS PMF, each person monitors, analyzes, and manages performance in line with broader corporate objectives.

" The quality of Ventana Research services and research in the business intelligence and performance management markets is second to none," said Information Builders founder and CEO Gerald Cohen. "Our top ranking is a credit to our investment in helping companies improve efficiency, effective business decision-making, and ROI."

About Ventana Research

Ventana Research is the leading benchmark research and advisory services firm. We provide expert guidance to help organizations manage and optimize performance - to become not only more efficient, but also more effective. Our unparalleled insights and best practices guidance are based on our rigorous research-based benchmarking indexes of people, processes, information, and technology across business and IT functions worldwide. The combination we offer of benchmark research, rigorous market coverage and in-depth knowledge of hundreds of technology providers means we can deliver business and technology education and expertise to our clients where and when needed. The Ventana Research Indexes - the Value Index and the Benchmark Index family - have redefined the research industry by providing accessible, easy-to-use research-based business and technology guidance to businesses. Ventana Research provides the most comprehensive analyst coverage in the industry; more than 2.5 million business and IT professionals through our community of 85,000 professionals and network of media and association partners around the world benefit from Ventana Research's insights. Ventana Research focuses on business and technology trends and best practices that maximize organizations' potential to perform while reducing the time, cost, and risk and still achieve optimal outcomes. To learn how Ventana Research advances the maturity of organizations use of information and technology through benchmark research, market indexes, education, and advisory services, and also where to find us on Facebook or LinkedIn or how to follow us on Twitter or BusinessWeek 's BusinessExchange, visit www.ventanaresearch.com.

Over Information Builders

Information Builders is een onafhankelijke en toonaangevende ontwikkelaar met meer dan dertig jaar ervaring in enterprise Business Intelligence- en integratiesoftware. Hiermee wordt bedrijfsinformatie snel en gemakkelijk beschikbaar gemaakt voor interne en externe relaties, op strategisch, tactisch en operationeel niveau. Information Builders heeft meer dan 12.000 klanten wereldwijd, waaronder de meeste Fortune Top 100-bedrijven. Naast eigen productontwikkeling heeft Information Builders een wereldwijd partnernetwerk waarmee innovatieve BI-applicaties worden ontwikkeld. Information Builders heeft 1.450 medewerkers in 90 kantoren wereldwijd en 350 zakenpartners.

WebFOCUS is een schaalbare en gebruiksvriendelijke Business Intelligence-oplossing die rapportage op maat aanbiedt vanuit alle informatiebronnen van een organisatie.
iWay Software biedt eenvoudig te implementeren, open standaard integratieoplossingen die alle informatiebronnen en -applicaties van een bedrijf integreren. Onder het motto “Uw bedrijf. Geen belemmeringen.” maakt Information Builders meer bedrijfsgegevens beschikbaar dan andere BI-aanbieders.