Microsoft and Hyperion Publish Open XML for Analysis Specification

XML Message Interface Expected to Drive Adoption of Business Intelligence and

Analytical Web Services; Microsoft .NET Platform to Deliver Full Support for

XML for Analysis



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash., and ORLANDO, Fla., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News
 Release/ -- Today at the Hyperion Annual Global Conference, Solutions 2001,
 Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Hyperion (Nasdaq: HYSL) announced that they
 have joined forces to publish the XML for Analysis specification, allowing
 open access to multidimensional databases from any platform. The collaboration
 between two leading OLAP vendors is expected to accelerate the adoption of
 Internet business intelligence software and represents significant momentum
 for XML-based analytic Web services. The joint effort will benefit customers,
 developers and independent software vendors in the following ways:
 
     -- Customers will gain the ability to protect server and tools
        investments and ensure that new analytical deployments will
        interoperate and work cooperatively.
     -- Developers will gain the ability to leverage existing developer skills
        and to use open access XML-based Web services, eliminating the need to
        program to multiple APIs and query languages.
     -- Independent software vendors will be able to reduce complexity and
        costs for development and maintenance by writing to a single access
        interface.
 
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     "The joint sponsorship of XML for Analysis specification by Hyperion and
 Microsoft represents a substantial shift in the industry," said Mike Schiff,
 vice president of E-Business and Business Intelligence at Current Analysis
 Inc. "A uniting of two leading OLAP vendors, both of which have a significant
 number of organizations and partners that utilize their respective OLAP
 engines, will clearly benefit users because client-side, Web-based
 applications will be able to readily access either vendors' servers, as well
 as the servers of other vendors that adopt the specification, without having
 to program for multiple APIs."
     As the first open access XML Message Interface solution designed to
 address the unique challenges of Internet-based analytical data access and
 manipulation, XML for Analysis has gained immediate support from business
 intelligence software developers, including Adaytum, AlphaBlox Corp., ANGOSS
 Software Corp., Brio Technology Inc., Business Objects Americas, Cizar
 Software, Cognos Corp., Comshare Inc., Crystal Decisions Inc., digiMine Inc.,
 Harmony Software Inc., Keylime Software Inc., Knosys Inc., Lawson Software,
 MetaEdge Corp., MicroStrategy Inc., OutlookSoft Corp., Panorama Software
 Systems, SAP AG, Simba Technologies , SPSS Inc. and Visual Insights.
     "It's good news for everyone that two competing major OLAP server vendors
 are finally putting their differences aside to come up with an agreed, XML-
 based OLAP query API," said Nigel Pendse, lead author of The OLAP Report
 (http://www.olapreport.com/). "If this initiative succeeds, it will finally be
 possible to query multiple major OLAP servers in a standard way, just as it
 has been possible to do with all the SQL-based relational databases for many
 years. This will give users more freedom, encourage the development of good
 front-end tools and help the growth of the market."
     XML for Analysis is a set of XML Message Interfaces that use the industry
 standard Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) to define the data access
 interaction between a client application and an analytical data provider (OLAP
 and data mining) working over the Internet.
     "XML for Analysis extends both Microsoft and Hyperion's cooperative vision
 of analytical Web services," said Bill Baker, general manager of the Microsoft
 SQL Server(TM) Business Intelligence Product Unit. "This joint initiative will
 allow application developers to provide analytic capabilities to any client on
 any device or platform using any programming language."
     "Hyperion is committed to support for open standards and universal access
 to our analytic platform," said Robert Gersten, general manager of the Essbase
 Technologies Business Unit at Hyperion. "Just as we have lead the drive for
 open technologies across multiple technical environments, we are pleased to
 work with Microsoft to jointly develop XML for Analysis for Microsoft .NET and
 other Web services. Our customers win on all accounts."
     The first release of the specification is available for Web download at
 http://msdn.microsoft.com/ and http://www.essbase.com/. Hyperion will be
 offering customers and partners a preview at their annual Global Conference,
 which runs April 22-25, in Orlando, Fla. Microsoft will be releasing the final
 version of the XML for Analysis software development kit in mid-May, and it
 will be available for download at http://msdn.microsoft.com.
 
     About Hyperion
     Hyperion is a global leader in business analysis software. Hyperion helps
 business leaders plan, manage and execute on strategies by analyzing
 information on e-business initiatives, supply chain execution, customers,
 operations and finance. The company's market-leading Hyperion Essbase
 technology, packaged business analysis applications and tools are used by more
 than 6,000 organizations worldwide, including more than 60 of the Fortune 100,
 64 of the Nikkei Top 100 and more than 40 of the Financial Times European 100.
 In addition, more than 400 Hyperion alliance partners deliver technology,
 applications and services to increase the flexibility and choice for
 customers. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., the company has offices in
 22 countries. More information is available at http://www.hyperion.com/,
 info@hyperion.com, or 800-286-8000.
 
     About Microsoft and the .NET Enterprise Servers
     The .NET Enterprise Servers are Microsoft's comprehensive family of server
 applications for building, deploying and managing next-generation integrated
 Web experiences that move beyond today's world of stand-alone Web sites.
 Designed with mission-critical performance in mind, .NET Enterprise Servers
 provide fast time to market, as well as scalability, reliability and
 manageability for the global, Web-enabled enterprise. They have been built
 from the ground up for interoperability using open Web standards such as XML.
 The .NET Enterprise Servers are a key part of Microsoft's broader .NET
 strategy, which will enable a distributed computing model for the Internet
 based on Internet protocols and standards to revolutionize the way computers
 talk to one another on our behalf.
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft Corp. is the worldwide leader in software,
 services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The
 company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower
 people through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
 
     NOTE:  Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the
 United States and/or other countries.
     Hyperion and Essbase are registered trademarks and Hyperion Solutions is a
 trademark of Hyperion Solutions Corp.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 
                              Quote Sheet Addendum
                                   April 2001
 
     "AlphaBlox has always supported open industry standards in its solutions.
 We look forward to the two leading OLAP providers driving the evolution of XML
 for Analysis to support a single XML (Extensible Markup Language)
 representation of a multidimensional query."
     --  Len D'Amico
         Vice President of Product Marketing
         AlphaBlox Corp.
 
     "Since Brio's first OLAP product in 1991, Brio has been committed to help
 our customers drive business performance through an open Web-based
 architecture. Brio applauds Microsoft and Hyperion for their cooperation in
 publishing the XML for Analysis standard. As we integrate the new standard
 into the Brio Enterprise Decision Platform(TM), our world-class customers will
 benefit from complete and universal data access, regardless of platform or
 device."
     --  Dan Jewett
         Vice President, Product Management
         Brio Technology Inc.
 
     "We are pleased both Microsoft and Hyperion are supporting the XML for
 Analysis specification. Since Business Objects is an enterprise-scale vendor
 of OLAP products, supporting industry standards is in line with our goals for
 offering our partners and customers flexible products that can integrate with
 any platform. Business Objects looks forward to continuing to collaborate with
 Hyperion and Microsoft to deliver e-business intelligence solutions for their
 OLAP servers."
     --  Mark Tice
         Group Vice President for Global Alliances
         Business Objects
 
     "Cognos is pleased to support the development of XML for Analysis - an
 open, Internet-based standard for analysis. Having a standard for analysis
 based on XML and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) is a positive move for
 our industry."
     --  Patrick O'Leary
         Vice President of Strategic Alliances
         Cognos Inc.
 
     "Open standards such as XML for Analysis among competitors benefit
 everyone, especially the customer. Comshare's use of standard database
 technology including Microsoft SQL Server(TM) 2000 Analysis Services and
 Hyperion Essbase coupled with the new XML for Analysis standard offers our
 customers an enhanced open framework for delivering management planning and
 control solutions."
     --  Dave King
        Senior Vice President, Product Development
        Chief Technology Officer
        Comshare Inc.
 
     "Microsoft's release of XML for Analysis is a logical next step in the
 Microsoft(R) .NET vision. digiMine, the leader in data mining, relies on .NET
 to build and deliver our hosted data mining services. Now, through digiMine's
 use of XML for Analysis, our customers can access their own multidimensional
 data via the Web just as easily as if they were pulling a stock quote or a
 weather report. For example, by using XML for Analysis, digiMine customers can
 easily access their own analytic cubes hosted at digiMine and display the
 results on their portal site."
     --  Bassel Ojjeh
         COO and Co-Founder
        digiMine Inc.
 
     "Lawson Software enthusiastically supports the proposed XML for Analysis
 standard, which meshes well with Lawson's overall product strategy of
 delivering all Lawson's Web-native applications on an XML foundation. In
 addition, this initiative is synergistic with Lawson's current 'open' OLAP
 server approach for Analytic Solutions. We see the potential for significantly
 reducing the development overhead associated with the support of multiplatform
 APIs for both Hyperion and Microsoft OLAP servers. This will allow Lawson to
 speed delivery of critical value-add functionality to our customers."
     --  Eric Lopez
         Vice President
         Analytic Solutions R&D
         Lawson Software
 
     "As a leader in data access solutions, Simba is committed to supporting
 XML for Analysis within our Simba Provider for OLAP."
     --  Amyn Rajan
         President
         Simba Technologies
 
     NOTE:  Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the
 United States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
     Hyperion and Essbase are registered trademarks and Hyperion Solutions is a
 trademark of Hyperion Solutions Corp.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
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SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
    REDMOND, Wash., and ORLANDO, Fla., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News
 Release/ -- Today at the Hyperion Annual Global Conference, Solutions 2001,
 Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Hyperion (Nasdaq: HYSL) announced that they
 have joined forces to publish the XML for Analysis specification, allowing
 open access to multidimensional databases from any platform. The collaboration
 between two leading OLAP vendors is expected to accelerate the adoption of
 Internet business intelligence software and represents significant momentum
 for XML-based analytic Web services. The joint effort will benefit customers,
 developers and independent software vendors in the following ways:
 
     -- Customers will gain the ability to protect server and tools
        investments and ensure that new analytical deployments will
        interoperate and work cooperatively.
     -- Developers will gain the ability to leverage existing developer skills
        and to use open access XML-based Web services, eliminating the need to
        program to multiple APIs and query languages.
     -- Independent software vendors will be able to reduce complexity and
        costs for development and maintenance by writing to a single access
        interface.
 
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     "The joint sponsorship of XML for Analysis specification by Hyperion and
 Microsoft represents a substantial shift in the industry," said Mike Schiff,
 vice president of E-Business and Business Intelligence at Current Analysis
 Inc. "A uniting of two leading OLAP vendors, both of which have a significant
 number of organizations and partners that utilize their respective OLAP
 engines, will clearly benefit users because client-side, Web-based
 applications will be able to readily access either vendors' servers, as well
 as the servers of other vendors that adopt the specification, without having
 to program for multiple APIs."
     As the first open access XML Message Interface solution designed to
 address the unique challenges of Internet-based analytical data access and
 manipulation, XML for Analysis has gained immediate support from business
 intelligence software developers, including Adaytum, AlphaBlox Corp., ANGOSS
 Software Corp., Brio Technology Inc., Business Objects Americas, Cizar
 Software, Cognos Corp., Comshare Inc., Crystal Decisions Inc., digiMine Inc.,
 Harmony Software Inc., Keylime Software Inc., Knosys Inc., Lawson Software,
 MetaEdge Corp., MicroStrategy Inc., OutlookSoft Corp., Panorama Software
 Systems, SAP AG, Simba Technologies , SPSS Inc. and Visual Insights.
     "It's good news for everyone that two competing major OLAP server vendors
 are finally putting their differences aside to come up with an agreed, XML-
 based OLAP query API," said Nigel Pendse, lead author of The OLAP Report
 (http://www.olapreport.com/). "If this initiative succeeds, it will finally be
 possible to query multiple major OLAP servers in a standard way, just as it
 has been possible to do with all the SQL-based relational databases for many
 years. This will give users more freedom, encourage the development of good
 front-end tools and help the growth of the market."
     XML for Analysis is a set of XML Message Interfaces that use the industry
 standard Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) to define the data access
 interaction between a client application and an analytical data provider (OLAP
 and data mining) working over the Internet.
     "XML for Analysis extends both Microsoft and Hyperion's cooperative vision
 of analytical Web services," said Bill Baker, general manager of the Microsoft
 SQL Server(TM) Business Intelligence Product Unit. "This joint initiative will
 allow application developers to provide analytic capabilities to any client on
 any device or platform using any programming language."
     "Hyperion is committed to support for open standards and universal access
 to our analytic platform," said Robert Gersten, general manager of the Essbase
 Technologies Business Unit at Hyperion. "Just as we have lead the drive for
 open technologies across multiple technical environments, we are pleased to
 work with Microsoft to jointly develop XML for Analysis for Microsoft .NET and
 other Web services. Our customers win on all accounts."
     The first release of the specification is available for Web download at
 http://msdn.microsoft.com/ and http://www.essbase.com/. Hyperion will be
 offering customers and partners a preview at their annual Global Conference,
 which runs April 22-25, in Orlando, Fla. Microsoft will be releasing the final
 version of the XML for Analysis software development kit in mid-May, and it
 will be available for download at http://msdn.microsoft.com.
 
     About Hyperion
     Hyperion is a global leader in business analysis software. Hyperion helps
 business leaders plan, manage and execute on strategies by analyzing
 information on e-business initiatives, supply chain execution, customers,
 operations and finance. The company's market-leading Hyperion Essbase
 technology, packaged business analysis applications and tools are used by more
 than 6,000 organizations worldwide, including more than 60 of the Fortune 100,
 64 of the Nikkei Top 100 and more than 40 of the Financial Times European 100.
 In addition, more than 400 Hyperion alliance partners deliver technology,
 applications and services to increase the flexibility and choice for
 customers. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., the company has offices in
 22 countries. More information is available at http://www.hyperion.com/,
 info@hyperion.com, or 800-286-8000.
 
     About Microsoft and the .NET Enterprise Servers
     The .NET Enterprise Servers are Microsoft's comprehensive family of server
 applications for building, deploying and managing next-generation integrated
 Web experiences that move beyond today's world of stand-alone Web sites.
 Designed with mission-critical performance in mind, .NET Enterprise Servers
 provide fast time to market, as well as scalability, reliability and
 manageability for the global, Web-enabled enterprise. They have been built
 from the ground up for interoperability using open Web standards such as XML.
 The .NET Enterprise Servers are a key part of Microsoft's broader .NET
 strategy, which will enable a distributed computing model for the Internet
 based on Internet protocols and standards to revolutionize the way computers
 talk to one another on our behalf.
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft Corp. is the worldwide leader in software,
 services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The
 company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower
 people through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
 
     NOTE:  Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the
 United States and/or other countries.
     Hyperion and Essbase are registered trademarks and Hyperion Solutions is a
 trademark of Hyperion Solutions Corp.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 
                              Quote Sheet Addendum
                                   April 2001
 
     "AlphaBlox has always supported open industry standards in its solutions.
 We look forward to the two leading OLAP providers driving the evolution of XML
 for Analysis to support a single XML (Extensible Markup Language)
 representation of a multidimensional query."
     --  Len D'Amico
         Vice President of Product Marketing
         AlphaBlox Corp.
 
     "Since Brio's first OLAP product in 1991, Brio has been committed to help
 our customers drive business performance through an open Web-based
 architecture. Brio applauds Microsoft and Hyperion for their cooperation in
 publishing the XML for Analysis standard. As we integrate the new standard
 into the Brio Enterprise Decision Platform(TM), our world-class customers will
 benefit from complete and universal data access, regardless of platform or
 device."
     --  Dan Jewett
         Vice President, Product Management
         Brio Technology Inc.
 
     "We are pleased both Microsoft and Hyperion are supporting the XML for
 Analysis specification. Since Business Objects is an enterprise-scale vendor
 of OLAP products, supporting industry standards is in line with our goals for
 offering our partners and customers flexible products that can integrate with
 any platform. Business Objects looks forward to continuing to collaborate with
 Hyperion and Microsoft to deliver e-business intelligence solutions for their
 OLAP servers."
     --  Mark Tice
         Group Vice President for Global Alliances
         Business Objects
 
     "Cognos is pleased to support the development of XML for Analysis - an
 open, Internet-based standard for analysis. Having a standard for analysis
 based on XML and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) is a positive move for
 our industry."
     --  Patrick O'Leary
         Vice President of Strategic Alliances
         Cognos Inc.
 
     "Open standards such as XML for Analysis among competitors benefit
 everyone, especially the customer. Comshare's use of standard database
 technology including Microsoft SQL Server(TM) 2000 Analysis Services and
 Hyperion Essbase coupled with the new XML for Analysis standard offers our
 customers an enhanced open framework for delivering management planning and
 control solutions."
     --  Dave King
        Senior Vice President, Product Development
        Chief Technology Officer
        Comshare Inc.
 
     "Microsoft's release of XML for Analysis is a logical next step in the
 Microsoft(R) .NET vision. digiMine, the leader in data mining, relies on .NET
 to build and deliver our hosted data mining services. Now, through digiMine's
 use of XML for Analysis, our customers can access their own multidimensional
 data via the Web just as easily as if they were pulling a stock quote or a
 weather report. For example, by using XML for Analysis, digiMine customers can
 easily access their own analytic cubes hosted at digiMine and display the
 results on their portal site."
     --  Bassel Ojjeh
         COO and Co-Founder
        digiMine Inc.
 
     "Lawson Software enthusiastically supports the proposed XML for Analysis
 standard, which meshes well with Lawson's overall product strategy of
 delivering all Lawson's Web-native applications on an XML foundation. In
 addition, this initiative is synergistic with Lawson's current 'open' OLAP
 server approach for Analytic Solutions. We see the potential for significantly
 reducing the development overhead associated with the support of multiplatform
 APIs for both Hyperion and Microsoft OLAP servers. This will allow Lawson to
 speed delivery of critical value-add functionality to our customers."
     --  Eric Lopez
         Vice President
         Analytic Solutions R&D
         Lawson Software
 
     "As a leader in data access solutions, Simba is committed to supporting
 XML for Analysis within our Simba Provider for OLAP."
     --  Amyn Rajan
         President
         Simba Technologies
 
     NOTE:  Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the
 United States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
     Hyperion and Essbase are registered trademarks and Hyperion Solutions is a
 trademark of Hyperion Solutions Corp.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
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