September 20, 2021

Get 25 New Features with Latest WebFOCUS Release

Alpa Moscarella

Topic:   News & Events

TIBCO is pleased to announce the release of TIBCO WebFOCUS® 8207.28. This second release since TIBCO and ibi joined forces brings over 25 new features and a host of bug fixes for users.

TIBCO prides itself on delivering rich data automation and business intelligence capabilities that satisfy user expectations and help them unlock opportunities by using data more effectively. WebFOCUS integrates analytics, performance management, and data integrity to provide users with a flexible, intuitive environment for accessing business intelligence (BI) content, including data visualizations and interactive infoApps. 

WebFOCUS 8207.28 simplifies the authoring experience by unifying it within the Designer feature. It also enhances collaboration in data visualization and design, and more significantly, cements WebFOCUS as the go-to solution for BI and analytics.

WebFOCUS 8207.28: Feature Highlights

The last WebFOCUS release focused primarily on improving usability by providing streamlined data access, faster analytics, smarter workflows, and easier deployment. This latest WebFOCUS update prioritizes aligning WebFOCUS with TIBCO’s product strategy by introducing new features that enhance cloud, modern BI, and Directory Services Markup Language (DSML) functionalities. 

Here are seven of the most impactful feature updates in the latest WebFOCUS release. A complete list of features and fixes is published in our 8207.28 release notes.

1. Hub Start Page

The HUB start page is the new entry point after login. The page provides a centralized and personalized experience to help you manage and prepare your data, create, organize, and share visualization content, schedule reports and procedures, and perform administrative tasks. The hub start page and all associated features and functions are managed and secured by your role and group permissions. 

2. Management Center

This area consolidates tools for configuring and administering your WebFOCUS platform. It is only visible to roles and groups with administrative permissions. With a single click, you can find everything you need to manage users, configure platform permissions, and set up your server environment. 

3. Filter Chaining

Filter chaining, a feature of WebFOCUS’s BI functionality, enables you to apply one filter on a data set to be copied to other related sets so that subsequent tables and charts in the report display only the relevant information. For instance, suppose you have a sales report with sales volumes, profit margins, regional performance, and purchases per customer in different charts. With filter chaining, you can hide non-relevant months on the Sales Volumes chart, and the same filtering will apply to the rest of the charts.

Filter chaining eliminates the cumbersome process of filtering all related elements independently so you can efficiently deliver smooth presentations that keep your audience engaged.

4. Conditional Styling

Leverage conditional styling capabilities such as element color changes and add drill-down links based on the values in your report. With this feature, you can draw attention to important items, emphasize differences between values, and highlight the resources to which end users can navigate when going through your reports. 

5. Paginated Canvas

WebFOCUS Designer remains the ideal solution for creating interactive, responsive web pages with in-house content. It features an intuitive user interface with seamless navigation and content creation and provides the flexibility of building pages compatible with any device or browser. 

WebFOCUS Designer’s canvas offers a responsive grid for all your content and containers. In addition to resizing automatically to fit your device, the canvas now features pagination, which allows you to change the type of file generated when you run your content by changing the output format. Output formats include AHTML, HTML5, HTML, PDF, PPTX, and XLSX.  PDF, PPTX, and XLSX are paginated file types, and the new Paginated Canvas has been introduced to represent the scrolling navigation behavior of the output formats. 

6. Field List Parameters

With parameter filtering, everyone on your team can use WebFOCUS to view the data they need in a report without duplicating the entire file. For instance, if your report has Region as a parameter, end users can choose their regions and see only relevant information. The WebFOCUS Parameters tab offers provisions for creating and modifying parameter values and conditions. Now, you can create field list parameters so team members can specify which fields they want to display.

7. Filtering Large and Streaming Data

By default, TIBCO WebFOCUS Designer will pull a list of values from your data source, which allows end-users to select valid values for their filter controls. However, when working with a large data source or streaming data, this can lead to challenges due to the large number of values or changing values in the data source. Designer will now allow you to provide dataless filters, which will conserve resources needed during data retrieval. Authors who are familiar enough with the data sources to add appropriate filters and values can increase performance and more effectively leverage large and streaming data sources. 

Why You’ll Want to Embrace TIBCO WebFOCUS 8207.28

WebFOCUS empowers analysts, engineers, developers, and business users to leverage data quickly and effectively across the entire enterprise. With its multifaceted BI capabilities, WebFOCUS provides unparalleled data management, analytics, visualization, and intelligence—all from raw data. 

 

WebFOCUS 8207.28 builds on the capabilities of previous versions with new features that promise to increase the value you get from data, design, and the cloud. Learn more about how TIBCO WebFOCUS can place your enterprise on an accelerated data transformation journey. 

Alpa Moscarella is a Senior Director of Product Management who leads the User Experience strategy and design of TIBCO WebFOCUS. She is passionate about design and has over 20 years of experience in conceptualizing, executing, and managing consumer and enterprise products. Prior to joining TIBCO, Alpa worked with a management consulting agency, where she was responsible for defining enterprise experience strategies and design for Fortune 500 clients and establishing UX practices and methodology within the organization. Alpa lives in Staten Island, NY with her husband and two daughters.