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4Sight BI is built exclusively for the insurance industry and is fully customizable to meet your needs

Is the 4Sight BI Suite built for property and casualty insurance?

YES, it is built exclusively for the property and casualty insurance industry.  The staff at 4SightBI have extensive P&C insurance experience.

Can the 4SightBI Suite be customized?

Yes, it has been designed from the ground up to be extended/customized by our staff or by yours.   We provide ad-hoc reporting which allows end users to create their own reports/dashboards and save them, or publish them to other users at their organization.   Additionally, we provide more advanced tools for your technical users to allow complete control.

What is a Dashboard?

There are three main types of dashboards:
1) Operational dashboards – they help with core operational processes. Most often they show real time information. These dashboards focus on monitoring rather than analyzing information or management.
2) Tactical dashboards – they help with departmental processes and projects. They are more about analyzing.
3) Strategic dashboards, also known as scorecards: (or scorecards) monitor the execution of corporate They help to manage and monitor specific objectives.

What is a KPI?

KPI stands for Key Performance Indicator(s). KPIs help with Management support, business goals/requirements, business alignment, business-IT partnership, integration, scalability and adaptability. KPIs are used to measure an item, like you might measure the width of an object.  Examples of KPIs include Written/Earned Premium, Loss Ratio, Renewal Retention

What is a business intelligence (BI) Platform?

A comprehensive development and run-time environment for building complete solutions to business intelligence problems. The BI Platform is the infrastructure and core services that integrate business intelligence components to complete the BI Suite. This includes the infrastructure necessary to build, deploy, execute and support applications.

What is the 4SightBI Platform?

The BI Platform is the underlying infrastructure which supports 4Sight’s reporting, analysis, dashboard, data integration, and data mining capabilities. The 4Sight BI Platform provides the architecture and infrastructure required to build complete solutions to business problems, and is designed around these low level BI services. Authentication, logging, auditing, workflow, rules engines and a solution engine provide the foundation of the platform, while service-oriented components such as 4Sight Reporting, Analysis, and Dashboards provide the higher-level, business user functionality. This Service Oriented Architecture allows the components to be called by the solution engine autonomously. Solution documents are used to define the order and relationships between these calls allowing the platform to be programmable without changing code.

What operating systems does the 4Sight BI Platform support?

The 4sight BI Platform server is written entirely in Java and runs on J2EE application servers. As long as it is deployed into a compliant J2EE server, the operating system is not a factor. Currently all versions of Windows from ME upward are supported as are many versions of Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris and other UNIX platforms.

What is a “Solution-Oriented” Approach?

The realization that business problems are solved using processes and procedures and usually require information presentation, analysis, and delivery (BI) has lead to a Solution-Oriented approach. The process exists to solve the business problem and it is the solution. 4SightBI centers it’s solutions around a workflow core and a Service Oriented Architecture.

How does the BI Platform scale?

The 4Sight BI Platform server is J2EE based and will benefit from scalability services available from the Application Server it is deployed into. Clustering, connection pooling and caching are examples of application server scalability services. The Service Oriented Architecture also helps the 4Sight BI application server scale. Services are called, they perform a task, save state information and terminate. This stateless approach allows processes to be swapped out and memory to be recovered between invocations.

The 4Sight BI Platform uses a sophisticated combination of business rules, services, assured messaging, workflow, clustering, and auditing providing the following benefits:
1) Business rules are used to identify exception cases filtering out non useful data, freeing memory and reducing spam.
2) Workflows with sub-flows are used to reduce the overhead of storing redundant definitions
3) Sub-flows use assured messaging to call services to generate reports
4) Clustering can be used to distribute report generation and delivery
5) Auditing tracks that each exception is handled successfully

What security is available?

The 4Sight BI Framework uses Acegi Security for a pluggable framework to implement and combine multiple authentication schemes and credential stores and CAS for platform-neutral single sign-on (SSO).      If you already have a security infrastructure, such as LDAP, 4Sight BI will leverage it if you desire.

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