System merges traditional BI with new analytics, collaboration and mobile technologies
September 4, 2012
SAN DIEGO — Enterprise data reporting and analytics specialist iQ for Business today announced the release of a new software system that merges traditional data warehouses with commodity computing and cloud technologies to create a highly adaptive business intelligence platform. Called Halo Business Intelligence, the new platform can collect data from thousands of scattered sources, analyze and structure it, and then display it via the web as an interactive dashboard or graphical alert on a user computer, mobile phone and/or tablet. Collaboration tools built in to Halo BI let groups share and discuss what they see as well as make decisions and assign tasks directly from their devices.
“Halo BI is really about using business intelligence to enhance human intelligence” said iQ for Business president, Ray Major. “It’s about gathering all the information people need and delivering it to them wherever they might be. More importantly, it’s about giving them the tools they need to discuss the information, understand what it tells them, and make decisions right then regardless of whether they’re together in an office or at different spots around the world.”
The Halo Bi platform consists of three major components:
- Halo Source — The data collection and analysis engine at the heart of the product, Halo Source collects incoming information from a myriad of software systems and data sources, analyzes the data and structures it so it can accessed as a single information pool.
- Halo Rays — Are connectors that import and export data to/from Halo Source. Halo Import Rays can pull data from literally tens of thousands of software applications and systems from common line-of-business applications to custom in-house and proprietary systems. Halo Export Rays can send data out to other systems, applications and display tools including Halo’s own Prism dashboards, spreadsheets, reporting systems, web and collaboration platforms and third party data visualization and analysis tools.
- Halo Prism — Delivers interactive analytics dashboards, alerts and reports to desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets and any other device with a modern web browser. Halo Prism also includes a collaboration component called Halo Rings that allows viewers to share their dashboards, discuss what they are seeing and assign tasks from within the view. Halo Rings ties the discussions directly to the view, tags and time stamps the conversation so that users can refer to the discussion, the view and the tasks assigned and outcomes at a later date.
The Halo BI platform can be installed in a traditional client/server model, as a distributed cloud, or as a Software as a Service (SaaS) implementation. Developed on an agile platform implementation model, typical ‘from scratch’ Halo BI installations can be up and running in a few days. Halo BI also offers industry-specific versions for Manufacturing, Retail, Distribution, Professional Services, Health Care and Financial Services that dramatically reduce the difficulty of implementation in these typically complex installations.
“Business Intelligence and analytics tools have typically been expensive, inflexible and underwhelming, because there’s too much focus on technology instead of results,”Â Major said. These systems may be called “Business Intelligence”, but the truth is, software isn’t intelligent; people are. That concept was central to our design of Halo BI. We ignored the ‘gee-wiz’ technology-trend-of-the-moment and instead focused on building an open, flexible platform that does one thing very, very well — make information accessible to the people who need and use it no matter where they are or what kind of device they’re using. It’s a simple, but extremely powerful idea.”
Halo Business Intelligence is available immediately. For more information on the platform’s features, system requirements, or to request a live demonstration, visit www.halobi.com or call iQ for Business at (888) 300-0219.
About iQ for Business
Founded in 2008, iQ for Business is a global innovator in business intelligence and performance analytics software technologies. The company’s flagship Halo Business Intelligence platform is used by leading enterprises, non-profits and government agencies to collect vast quantities of data process it, and present it as informational dashboards and reports that executives and managers can use to make critical decisions. iQ for Business is headquartered in San Diego, California, and maintains corporate offices in North America, EMEA and the Asia-Pacific regions. For more information, contact iQ for Business at tel: (858) 565-4238, email: email@example.com, web: www.iqforbusiness.com.