Hyperion Advances Enterprise Analytics

Essbase features a data source integration console that automates the transfer of data from multiple sources, such as ERP, CRM, SCM, and data warehouses

Hyperion Solutions Corp. begins to deliver on its vision to extend analytics applications enterprise-wide with the announcement Tuesday of version 6.2 of its Essbase OLAP server. The new version of Essbase features a data source integration console that automates the transfer of data from multiple sources, such as ERP, CRM, SCM, and data warehouses.

Essbase 6.2 also boasts improvements in usability, administrative control and performance, company officials said. Jay Nish, senior consultant at Clarity Systems Ltd. in Toronto and a Hyperion user, said the new release of Essbase is a "big step forward" in the companys efforts to provide enterprise-wide analytics.

"Its very important for developers to be able to promote development to production and this version does it automatically," said Nish. "Before it was a very tedious process to get the stuff across."

Nish also said this version is better at tracking processes such as calculations and queries and can suspend processes that are slowing the system. Administrators can also set limits on how long queries run and generally have more control over the system, he said. Nish also noted that Essbase 6.2 can run on multiple servers and allow more than one user to sign in at one time.

"They werent taking advantage of multi-processors as much as they could have been," he said. "They definitely needed to move in that direction."

Separately, Hyperion, of Sunnyvale, Calif., also announced version 2.0 of its Application Builder, a Java-based tool used to build custom analytic applications. This version features a new Web Application Architec-ture, based on the model-view-controller pattern; new sample applications and source code components to speed development; Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) and Star Schema support for relational data access; a relational domain component to facilitate SQL drill-through from the OLAP cube to the relational database; and support for Linux.

Both products are available now, though Hyperion has not released pricing information for Essbase 6.2. Hyperion Application Builder 2.0 is priced at $15,000 per server license plus $300 per named user and $1,200 per concurrent user.