OfficeXta Adds Business Intelligence to Cloud Social Network
OfficeXta has built its business on extending the social network to enterprise cloud users, going so far as to promote its namesake offering as an “enterprise collaboration platform.” Now, the company is aiming to compete with IBM, SAP and Oracle with a business intelligence platform that’s free for all its users.
The so-called “Enterprise 2.0 Business Intelligence Reports” from OfficeXta are offered directly from the cloud, which the company claims is a first in the market. And in its press release, OfficeXta heavily promotes the fact that its trademarked approach to collaboration is baked into the BI solution.
Emeka Okwara, CEO of OfficeXta, had this to say on the company’s shift in focus from social collaboration to business intelligence in a prepared statement:
“OfficeXta has built a world-class cloud-based enterprise collaboration platform for small to large businesses. Now we are focused on bringing some of the mission-critical enterprise applications, such as the Business Intelligence Reports, to the cloud on our enterprise collaboration platform, as well as enabling employees and their clients to collaborate around these cloud applications.”
And here’s OfficeXta’s bullet-pointed list of facts about Enterprise 2.0 Business Intelligence Reports:
- Complete support for everything, including spreadsheets, forms, simple to complex HTML, and chart reports that are securely connected to a company’s backend databases.
- The ability to create and share reports with co-workers, customers and business partners in the cloud across the OfficeXta Enterprise collaboration platform and social business network.
- The ability to restrict access to reports and report data to particular departments, employees and/or clients.
- The capability for employees, customers and business partners to exchange comments and feedback on any reports.
- Integrate with over 20 enterprise database systems such as DB2, Oracle and MySQL and several enterprise systems such as SAP, Peoplesoft, Oracle and Sage.
As noted above, OfficeXta is offering this free of charge to its existing customers. What I find most interesting is that this has the potential to bring BI to its Google Apps-using customers — something currently lacking in Google’s existing offering. Such capability has the potential to be a major boon for partners and systems integrators leveraging OfficeXta on behalf of customers.
Of course, lacking in any of OfficeXta’s press material is a point-by-point comparison between more established BI suites and its new offering, so let the buyer beware.