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The Paradies Shops Taps Information Builders to Manage Reporting Processes Throughout Extensive Data Network

Award-Winning Airport Retailer Uses Business Intelligence to Standardize Data Management and Reporting Across Diverse Markets and Geographies (January 17, 2012)

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 01/17/12 -- Information Builders, an independent leader in business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced that The Paradies Shops, an airport concessionaire operating more than 550 stores in over 75 airports and hotels across the U.S. and Canada, is working with the company to strengthen its reporting environment through the use of business intelligence.

Using WebFOCUS, Information Builders' comprehensive BI platform, Paradies will satisfy its need for greater access to operational and analytical data, driven by rapid growth and expansion in the airport concessions food and beverage business. The Paradies Shops chose to partner with Information Builders because the company presented a complete BI platform versus a stand-alone data discovery solution. Information Builders also offered a highly customized offering designed to address Paradies' specific store, geographic, and product needs. The solution will allow Paradies to better manage its new data warehouse, which will include data marts for sales, inventory management, financial management, and vendor management.

Paradies is also tapping WebFOCUS to provide its store managers with standard parameterized reporting. Users will also be able to drill down into specific details and categories as needed and access data dashboards and scorecards controlled by user type. Paradies is also taking advantage of WebFOCUS' mobile capabilities, giving users access to the same level of reporting and analysis from any smartphone or tablet platform - a particularly crucial benefit given the mobile nature of the company's customers and geographically dispersed workforce.

"The WebFOCUS platform will allow us to bring our data to life, and increase our ability to pro-actively manage the business," said Tony Dudek, vice president and chief information officer at The Paradies Shops. "Having the capacity to provide exception-based, near real-time dashboards will give our merchandising and operations groups access to decision-critical information in seconds rather than producing and pouring over numerous reports and spreadsheets.


"This will enable us to utilize our time focusing ahead, rather than trying to ascertain what has already occurred," Dudek continued. "Ensuring that consistent data management and reporting standards are met across the enterprise was a top criterion in our BI selection, and Information Builders' ability to tailor and customize its platform to meet that and other specific needs was a key factor in our ultimate decision."

"When managing such an extensive network of both data and personnel, the ability to standardize processes across the entire system while still providing the functionality and details needed for effective business execution is paramount," said Gerald Cohen, CEO and president of Information Builders. "Sophisticated BI tools provide a platform for this type of detailed data management and reporting, which in the competitive retail space is a key asset for companies managing shops across distinct markets and geographies."

About The Paradies Shops
Named Best Airport Retailer for the past 16 consecutive years by Airport Revenue News, The Paradies Shops was established in 1960 as a family-owned business, The Paradies Shops operates over 550 stores in more than 75 markets across the U.S. and Canada. With extensive experience in operating both local and national brands, to include CNBC News, PGA TOUR Shops, Brooks Brothers, Brighton Collectibles, PANDORA, EA SPORTS, and The New York Times Bookstores, The Paradies Shops maintains a substantial presence as one of the largest airport retailers. For more information, please visit www.theparadiesshops.com, @paradiesshops.

About Information Builders
Information Builders provides software and services that bring smarter decision-making and streamlined processes to leading organizations in business, government, and education worldwide. The company's software is installed in tens of thousands of locations, servicing millions of users. Its WebFOCUS business intelligence (BI) platform delivers massively scalable information applications, analytics, and customer-facing portals to the new generation of information users to deliver game-changing business results. Its iWay Software integration platform allows enterprises to leverage all of their information resources to streamline internal and business-to-business processes while escalating the overall accessibility and integrity of information regardless of environmental complexity. Headquartered in New York City with 60 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,350 people and has established significant industry partnerships. Visit Information Builders at informationbuilders.com. For ongoing news, go to informationbuilders.com/new or follow Information Builders at @infobldrs

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Press Contacts
Kathleen Moran
Information Builders
(917) 339-6313
kathleen_moran@ibi.com

Kate Finigan
LEWIS PR
(617) 226-8847
informationbuilders@lewispr.com

Jill Nidiffer
The Paradies Shops
(404) 494-3439
jill.nidiffer@theparadiesshops.com


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