HyperRoll Links BI App to Prologic ERP

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2006-01-23 Print this article Print

HyperRoll, a producer business intelligence software that speeds up the process of analyzing raw data and generating reports, is linking its technology to Prologic's specialized ERP application for the fashion industry.

HyperRoll Inc., maker of software that speeds up BI applications and helps them scale, is hooking its technology into that of Prologic, a UK vendor of specialized ERP software for the fashion and lifestyle industry. Prologic is combining its CIMS enterprise resource planning tool with HyperRolls data aggregation technology in order to help customers crank through their increasingly burgeoning data stores. HyperRoll technology includes aggregation, caching and compression algorithms designed to crank up reporting times by 100-fold, according to the company.
Rich Ghiossi, vice president of marketing at HyperRoll, said that the company is seeing performance problems with either reports or ad hoc querying at virtually every industry it walks into.
"[Business intelligence software is] not helping users to get the data they need, when they need it, to get the job done," he said. "We spend a lot of money to get the information, to clean the information, and to get it into reports in forms in which we can use it," he said. "But at the end of the day, if you need the report and you need it in 20 seconds, if you cant get it that fast, those [BI applications] arent giving you the value you need." Prologics CIMS product already provides a front-end reporting tool. As customer data volumes have grown, however, the ERP vendor found its current data warehouse technology was straining to meet performance requirements regarding things such as the need for on-demand, customized, detailed stock and sales analyses. Thats why the company turned to HyperRoll to speed things up. "Using HyperRolls data aggregation software, we are now able to offer increasingly robust reporting capabilities to our customers, improving their business visibility, while allowing them to become more proactive in their merchandising," Sam Jackson, CEO of Prologic, is quoted as saying in a press release. MS Office 12 BI makes for risky business. Click here to read more. "We anticipate wide adoption of the solution within our existing customers organizations, and we look forward to providing these enhanced reporting capabilities to future customers." HyperRolls technology works with most all of the classic reporting front ends, including formal relationships with the likes of Business Objects, Cognos and Microstrategies. Its also been implemented with Actuate, Crystal Reports and a series of homegrown ERP applications, Ghiossi said. On the back end, HyperRoll primarily works with Oracle and DB2 databases, Ghiossi said, although the company has been fielding a growing number of inquiries about Microsofts SQL Server, primarily because those implementations are getting a "lot larger," he said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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