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By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-04-15 Print this article Print

"For example, its own Excel PivotTable are so weak that at least a dozen third parties have developed their own, superior, Excel add-ins for use with Analysis Services," he said. "Its quite ironic that a market has developed to make Microsoft Excel work properly with Microsoft Analysis Services." The report noted that IBM, Oracle and SAP AG are "relatively weak" in the OLAP market—particularly Oracle, which has experienced several years of decline following market leadership in the 1990s. The Redwood Shores, Calif., company is No. 6 on the list, with a 5.2 percent market share.
Pendse noted that Oracle is still trying to get its 9i OLAP Option to a usable state after having acquired the core technology in 1995. "Its still hard to use and buggy, as well as lacking tools, front-ends and applications," said Pendse, in London. "Whats more, this incomplete, hard-to-use product, based on 33-year-old concepts, is quite expensive—its an add-on to Oracle9i Enterprise Edition—in other words, only Oracle9i sites can even consider it—that costs more than the whole of SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition."
In spite of all that, Oracle on Monday announced benchmark results that have its Real Application Clusters setting a new world record APB-1 OLAP benchmark for Oracle9i Release 2 with RAC. According to the independent benchmark auditor, DSS Lab, Oracle processed 85,719 AQM (analytical queries per minute)—a speed 75 times faster than Hyperions best result of 1,135 AQM running on IBM hardware. The benchmark tested Oracle9i RAC running on a four-node cluster of Hewlett-Packard Co. rp7400 servers with HP-UX 11i as an operating system. Latest Microsoft News:

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for 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, 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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