Business Intelligence Portal


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This manual describes how to use the Business Intelligence (BI) Portal in WebFOCUS 8. It is intended for designers who build complete, modern websites.

How This Manual Is Organized

This manual includes the following chapters:




Introducing the Business Intelligence Portal

Introduces WebFOCUS 8. Describes the BI Portal and how easy it is to use.


Starting WebFOCUS

Describes how to start WebFOCUS in order to use the BI Portal.


Domain Content

Describes the domain folder for the WebFOCUS Business Intelligence Portal.


Business Intelligence Portal Architecture

Identifies the key components that make up a BI Portal. Also describes pages, containers, and content.


Portal Designer Overview

Explains how to launch the Portal Designer. Also describes the different components of the Portal Designer interface.


Portal Components

Describes the different components of a portal and their properties.


Customizing a Portal

Describes user customization access and portal customization features, such as adding and rearranging pages.


Using the Web-Based Tools

Describes the web-based tools that you can use with the BI Portal. For each tool, the chapter either provides documentation or points you to another manual that provides documentation.


Advanced Coding Techniques and Coding Considerations

Describes how to use the -INCLUDE command to insert a report procedure (FEX) or style sheet file (STY) within another report procedure (FEX). It also describes how to use the -MRNOEDIT command to ignore code in a procedure (FOCEXEC).


Mobile Favorites

Describes how to access and customize Mobile Favorites.


Advanced Interactive Features

Describes advanced interactive features that can be used to customize portals.


Creating a Custom Sign-in Page

Offers guidance on creating a custom sign-in page for WebFOCUS 8.



Defines key terms and concepts in this manual.

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