Eleven years later, Information Builders is rolling iWay back into its parent organization. In a sense, not much is really changing.
The stand-alone iWay Software website will disappear, but its product information will just be moved into the InformationBuilders.com website. Employees who have iWay Software business cards will have to call the printer. Shirts with iWay Software logos will be saved for special internal occasions.
As part of this change, Information Builders is rebranding. They will now present their software offerings as part of a three-product framework:
"WebFOCUS Intelligence offers easy-to-use business intelligence, analytics, and performance management capabilities to promote a proactive business culture that helps organizations gain a competitive edge."
"iWay Integration Solutions work on any platform, interoperate with proprietary technologies as well as industry standards, support more than 300 database and application adapters, and lay the foundation for a real-time, integrated enterprise."
"iWay Integrity Solutions integrate, enrich, and transform data into relevant, timely, and usable information. Better manage data assets to cut costs, reduce risk, achieve compliance, and improve business performance."
You may wonder why Information Builders didn't just prefix all three products with "WebFOCUS" and drop the iWay moniker altogether. Their reasoning is probably similar to that of 2001; while a WebFOCUS customer may need all three components, there are also companies who would be interested in buying enterprise integration and/or data integrity tools but already have a different BI product (e.g., IBM Cognos, Business Objects, MicroStrategy, Actuate, QlikView, Pentaho, and others). There is no reason to limit the sale of these two valuable software products to just WebFOCUS customers.
Check out InformationBuilders.com for more information on the new change.