New BI Analytics Reporting Platform for CSU
WebFocus from Information Builders, Inc. (IBI) has been selected as a centrally support Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics reporting platform. WebFocus is a powerful report creation platform with the capability to produce simple text-based reports, and more advanced visualizations, and dashboards with charts and graphs. These reports can be highly interactive allowing users to drill down or up, selecting the level of detail information preferred.
This is a Cloud-based software solution and will be made available to campus using a web browser of choice. IBI has been serving the higher education community for over 25 years and is in use today throughout the western region and country in both higher education and private industry sectors with a broad base of user group participants.
Information Systems (I.S.) is currently working with IBI to create our first central reporting platform that will be rolled out to campus over the course of the next few months. I.S. is partnering with the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVMBS) to define and create core accounting reports that colleges and administrative units are currently running within the eThority system and will be reaching out to other areas to assist with the conversion of reports to the Web Focus platform.
We are in the process of establishing a group of power users who will receive formal classroom training from IBI. These power users will represent each of the colleges and also administrative units. These power users will be tasked with supporting others in their departments/units and organizing training through on-campus resources, which will be required to have access to the reporting tool. The Technology Training Center (TTC) will offer classes to the campus community, and we are planning to offer classes beginning in late April.