"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 marketparticularly 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.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:
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 expensiveits an add-on to Oracle9i Enterprise Editionin other words, only Oracle9i sites can even consider itthat costs more than the whole of SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition."