Monday, June 13, 2011

How Information Builders gets around the Flash / HTML 5 controversy

As I mentioned in a previous post, the iPad is still a hot topic for business intelligence vendors, and both Oracle and Information Builders have just come out with new iPad support. At its Summit 2011, Information Builders has been demoing the InfoAssist tool with the built-in ability to switch between rendering in Flash and HTML5 on the fly.

Information Builders is not exactly a newcomer to the world of using HTML to render rich content. In fact the Information Builders Active reports were originally rendered in HTML 4 and offered an amazingly rich  user experience completely off line. But what was amazing back in the day is becoming more commonplace, with HTML5 making it much easier to build rich interactive content. This development shows that users and developers no longer have to takes sides in the Flash vs HTML 5 argument.

To me, the moral of the story is that Microsoft, Abode and Apple may well be wasting their time fighting over the rich web development platform. It was always pretty artificial. And it isn't just large vendors like Information Builders who have this kind of multi-platform capability any more. HTML 5 is not just for MP3 bloggers any more, and as cross-platform development specialists such as Appcelerator  and the many Flash / HTML 5 converters (including Adobe Wallaby) gain traction in the market, it is becoming less and less important to worry about the development tool used to get the content delivered.


Anonymous said...

I agree that HTML5 is too far than flash and also flash is very powerful than HTML5. Below are the few points which I have noticed
1) Video compatibility (youtube html5 player need different format of video for different browsers, which directly impact on storage and bandwidth)
2) Styling (need separate CSS for different browsers)
3) Multiple audio support at one time and simulations
4) Code is not secure
And many more…

But as per my analysis and Adobe Flash acceptance for HTML 5. Seems that after few years HTML 5 will be closer competitor.

Unknown said...

Nice article! Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary. They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc. While Adobe’s Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe. By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system.

Apple has many proprietary products too. Though the operating system for the iPhone, iPod and iPad is proprietary, we strongly believe that all standards pertaining to the web should be open. Rather than use Flash, Apple has adopted HTML5, CSS and JavaScript – all open standards. Apple’s mobile devices all ship with high performance, low power implementations of these open standards. HTML5, the new web standard that has been adopted by Apple, Google and many others, lets web developers create advanced graphics, typography, animations and transitions without relying on third party browser plug-ins (like Flash). HTML5 is completely open and controlled by a standards committee, of which Apple is a member. More at

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