New Web Intelligence Feature-Rich, Easier to Use

April 18, 2016

by UNH IT Staff

On Monday, April 18, 2016, a new version of WebI was launched, affecting more than 1,000 University System of New Hampshire Employees. This migration of reports and upgrade of WebI has long been in the works, and with recent participation from more than sixty clients representing all the campuses, USNH is ready for this change. 

WebI is the engine behind the creation of critical reports and provides the University with data for decision making.  It generates reports that facilitate financial operations, enables HR and personnel management, and supports student enrollment and retention. In addition, WebI serves a key role in providing data to support sponsored programs administration, efforts within University Advancement, and oversight of UNH’s facilities and maintenance programs.

The new WebI 4.1 BI Launch Pad walks a comfortable line between familiar point-and-click report access and its new features. Video tutorials, training sessions, and on-line documentation are all available through EIM’s one-stop shopping WebI 4.1 Website. There you will find the BI Launch Pad Quick Start Steps, which will have clients running reports in the BI Launch Pad in less than five minutes.  Once up and running, they can use the Report Reader Quick Guide to discover great new features such as:

  • A “Home” tab with your recently viewed reports and unopened Inbox documents
  • The ability to “pin” frequently used reports to open automatically
  • Searching by the person’s full name, instead of needing to know the User ID
  • Saving and reusing frequently entered prompt values
  • Freezing a table’s top row or far left column on the report’s Excel-friendly tab

WebI clients who create reports will find the new “Design” interface different from the old “Java Panel”. The Report Creator Quick Guide has been written to help ease the transition to the new Design tool, and to introduce new features such as:

  • The ease of switching from Read View to Design View.  No more lengthy waits while the Java application launches.
  • Intuitive menus and right-click access to frequently used formatting
  • The ability to hide columns in tables. This is handy when you need to sort by a value that you don’t want to display.
  • Document-level input controls

Although the WebI 4.1 BI Launch Pad’s interface for running and using reports is similar to the old version of WebI, the Enterprise Information Management (EIM) Support Team is ready to provide report Readers and Creators with tips, tricks, and help to make the switchover a positive experience.  In addition to the Quick Guides and Quick Start Steps links above, the EIM WebI 4.1 Website provides access to software demonstrations, hands-on trainings, and video tutorials. For support, contact the UNH IT Service Desk at 603-862-4242, submit a question online, or chat us up.


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