Information Builders Customers Propel Green Initiatives With Business Intelligence

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 20, 2009 -- Information Builders, an independent leader in business intelligence ( BI) solutions, today announced that leading organizations worldwide are leveraging WebFOCUS BI applications for better access to information to support environmental initiatives, including reducing paper and fuel consumption across their organizations. Many corporate environmental initiatives have the dual benefit of fostering environmental responsibility while reducing costs. Information Builders customers Emory University, Hillman Group, van Wijk Logistics, and Pershing, LLC have achieved both through the innovative use of WebFOCUS.

"The Green movement has been embraced by corporate America and is driving innovative approaches to alternative power solutions, energy-efficient buildings, and paper reduction programs," said Gerald Cohen, CEO and founder of Information Builders. "The accessibility and portability of our BI applications is helping drive green initiatives as well as cost reduction across a variety of industries and in diverse applications."

Emory University Saves Thousands of Sheets of Paper a Year Through Web-based Reporting

Founded in 1836, Emory University has 11,300 students and 2,500 faculty members from the United States and more than 100 other countries. Emory tapped Information Builders to help improve access to financial information for departmental users responsible for making budgets and tracking expenses. Using WebFOCUS BI software, Emory created an end-user reporting environment that allows financial professionals throughout the university to access current information in a usable format. WebFOCUS extends data access capabilities for hundreds of authorized users to greatly reduce paper reports, eliminate calls to the help desk, and free IT staff to focus on strategic projects.

As an institution of higher learning, Emory has fostered campus-wise initiatives to reduce, reuse, and recycle. WebFOCUS played a pivotal role in reducing paper consumption by striking the right balance between innovation and ease-of-use. Employees can quickly get the information they need to make accurate decisions and can do so without creating lengthy paper reports.

Hillman Group Blends BI and GIS to Reduce Fuel Consumption/Emissions

The Hillman Group in Cincinnati, which distributes hardware, signs, keys, and other products, has successfully leveraged BI and geographic information systems (GIS) to optimize its field service and sales forces. By integrating geographic information with business data, Hillman managers determine the most efficient routes to reduce both costs and fuel consumption. With 10 distribution centers in the United States, Hillman ships products to retailers like Lowe's and Home Depot. Using BI and GIS to optimize shipments, the company has dramatically reduced fuel consumption and shipping expenses.

"In a transportation intensive business we are sensitive to both the cost and environmental impact of our operations," said Jim Honerkamp, CIO, Hillman Group. "Amid this era of corporate social responsibility and fluctuating fuel costs, Hillman has been committed to improving efficiency. By combining the business data we have through WebFOCUS with mapping information, we were able to quickly reorder routes to reduce mileage to achieve our goals."

Pershing Delivers Paperless BI to More Than 75,000 Investment Professionals

Pershing provides financial business solutions to more than 1,150 institutional and retail financial organizations and independent registered investment advisors who collectively represent more than five million active investors. The organization has been committed to promoting next generation document management and reporting solutions to help broker-dealers reduce paper, improve client satisfaction, enhance operational efficiencies, and uncover cost savings.

Pershing's customers rely on its BI environment, built using Information Builders' WebFOCUS software, to deliver aggregate views of account balances, financial holdings, and trades from within their familiar broker workstation application. Previously these investment professionals could only access customer information via hard copy reports or standard files containing all their data, consuming a sizable amount of paper. By enhancing its BI capabilities with ad hoc reporting, Pershing has been able to provide targeted information on demand and online. Brokers can easily extract information that interests them and advanced users can access parameterized reports that qualify results based on variables such as geography, product or timeframe. This has reduced the need for and routine use of paper-based reports across its user base of more than 75,000.

van Wijk Logistics Boosts Efficiency, Reduces Pollution in Cargo Transport

Based in Giessen, the Netherlands, van Wijk Logistics provides transport, storage, and other logistic services across Europe. Since September 2007, van Wijk has been using Information Builders WebFOCUS BI to measure profitability per car, per department, and even per day -- running reports in Excel, PowerPoint, or PDF, in just one click. The impact of Web-based reporting was instantly clear. The majority of van Wijk's business is done by 'consolidation of cargo' (transporting different deliveries to the same destination in one truck), so it had been nearly impossible to track efficiency or profitability by car or department. With WebFOCUS, the company has been able to dramatically improve efficiency by running reports to identify the root cause of delays or mistakes. The efficiencies realized in its routes and deliveries have also led to a decrease in the level of pollutants it introduces into the environment.

"Fewer trucks are needed to transport goods, fewer mistakes are made and we have virtually eliminated unnecessary trips all through WebFOCUS reporting," said Kees op 't Hof, ICT Manager, van Wijk Logistics. "In addition, our planners are able to identify traffic bottlenecks more quickly and are able to adjust truck routes to avoid roads that invariably bring about delays. This decreases the time the trucks spend on the road and has reduced our fuel consumption and emissions drastically."

About Information Builders

Information Builders' award-winning combination of business intelligence and enterprise integration software has been providing innovative solutions to more than 12,000 customers for the past 30 years. WebFOCUS is the world's most widely utilized business intelligence platform. It provides the security, scalability, and flexibility needed at every level of global extended enterprises. Its simplicity helps create executive, analytical, and operational applications that reach dozens to millions of users. Information Builders' iWay Software suite provides state of the art, multi-purpose, pre-built integration components that address all SOA, application, data, and information management requirements. Its integration adapters have been adopted by the leading software platform providers. Together, these products give Information Builders' customers the ability to grow and innovate according to their needs.

Information Builders' customers include most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,450 people and has more than 350 business partners. More information is available at

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