Anacubis Pulls Spreadsheet Data

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2004-06-14 Print this article Print

The latest version of Anacubis Desktop can integrate data from a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

High-level business intelligence analysis can be difficult, especially if it means staring at pages of text and comparing them with spreadsheet information. It would be a lot easier if one could view this kind of information using a three-dimensional graphical analysis tool, one that shows relationships among data elements that you might not have discerned before.

Anacubis Desktop—from Anacubis, part of the i2 Group—lets you do just that. One weakness in the previous version of Anacubis was that it could pull data only from predefined and often subscription-based information services, such as LexisNexis. With Anacubis 2.0, released last month, it is now possible to pull data directly from a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. To do this, I simply copied cells from my spreadsheet into the Windows clipboard and ran a wizard in Anacubis. I could then define and map the cells in my spreadsheet to get a visual map of my data.

However, although the spreadsheet functionality is useful, I would like to see the product open up more, with the ability to pull data from databases and from any Web application.

Anacubis Desktop is priced at $1,950. For more, visit www.

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Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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