Simba Solutions for Oracle OLAP: ODBO Edition

Connect Microsoft® Excel® to Oracle® with Simba's innovative solutions for Oracle OLAP.

Make better, faster decisions with real-time data from your company’s Oracle data warehouse.

Oracle LogoSimba Solutions for Oracle OLAP Connector DiagramUsing your favorite applications like Excel, SAP BusinessObjects, IBM Cognos or Microstrategy, users can slice, dice, pivot and gain meaningful insight from their data. Relational or Multidimensional data architectures and Disk-based or In-memory storage architectures can navigate drill paths and write back for planning and “what if” modeling purposes. Companies like Starbucks, GM OnStar, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) have used Simba’s Solutions for Oracle OLAP for its interactive visualization, predictive modeling and data mining powering them with valuable data to make decisions.

Oracle OLAP is a world class multidimensional analytic engine embedded in Oracle Database 11g. Oracle OLAP cubes deliver sophisticated calculations using simple SQL queries – producing results with speed of thought response times. Take your data analysis to a new level with the latest Excel 2013 functionality, including slicers, sparklines, named sets and drill-through. Direct connectivity to live data means that you don’t have to load a static copy of your data into Excel or a mid-tier server. Critical Excel files are always up-to-date with your current enterprise data. As a client-side driver, it’s easy to deploy, cost effective and low maintenance. No additional mid-tier servers or add-ins are needed. No special training is required. If users are familiar with Microsoft Excel PivotTables, accessing Oracle data is the same as Excel connecting to any data source.

Product Highlights

  • Native Microsoft Excel PivotTable support for Oracle OLAP
  • Connects leading analytic/reporting apps, including SAP BusinessObjects®, Cognos® Software, Microstrategy®, and more to Oracle OLAP
  • Complies with OLE DB for OLAP (ODBO) and XML for Analysis (XMLA) specifications

Product Features

  • Exposes all Oracle OLAP cube features to BI client tools for analysis
  • Enables BI features like drill through from summary to source data, advanced date and time filtering, formatting, creation of calculated members on the client, and more
  • Directly connects to Oracle OLAP without extracting and storing data
  • Has a client only ODBO installation, or a thin mid-tier installation for XMLA that requires no client software
  • XMLA installations include monitoring, logging, and other system administrator features

Product Specifications

  • Uses Oracle Database Enterprise Edition Release (or later) server with OLAP Option
  • Supports MDX for 1999 and 2005 query language
  • Supports Windows 32- and 64-bit operating systems, Windows XP SP3/Windows Server 2003 SP2 and later

Supported BI clients for Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP: ODBO edition:

  • Excel 2007, 2010, 2013
  • arcplan
  • SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for OLAP v3.1
  • Bissantz DeltaMaster

Product FAQ

  • What versions of the Oracle database does Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP support?

    Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP supports Oracle 11gR1.07 and later. Oracle “OLAP D Patch,” 9147749, is required for production servers running, while Oracle “OLAP A Patch,” 9219338, is required for production servers running (Evaluation on unpatched servers is ok, but the OLAP patch provides a number of performance enhancements.)

  • What versions of Microsoft Excel does Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP support?

    Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP supports Microsoft Excel 2013, 2010, 2007 (both 32-bit and 64-bit).

  • Does Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP work with other MDX-based applications like Business Objects and Cognos?

    In addition to Microsoft Excel, Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP supports arcplan Enterprise 7, MicroStrategy and SAP BusinessObjects Voyager.

    We invite you to contact us with priority suggestions for support for other client-based BI software.

  • Does Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP work with Microsoft SharePoint Excel Services?

    Yes, you can install Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP on your SharePoint server(s). See the whitepaper Using Microsoft Excel and Oracle OLAP with SharePoint Excel Services on the documentation web page for this product.

  • How can I purchase Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP?

    Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP is licensed directly by Simba Technologies and its partners.

    Contact us for pricing and licensing information.

  • How much does Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP cost?

    Contact us for pricing and licensing information.

  • I’m an Oracle sales representative. How can I access Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP for demonstrations?

    Contact us today for more information on demos and pricing models.

  • Does Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP support value-based hierarchies?

    Yes, Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP supports value-based hierarchies.

  • Does Excel support ragged (skip level) hierarchies?

    It does with some minor modification of your cube. This is described in the Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP User Manual.

  • Does Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP support write-back?

    What-if Analysis (write back) is a new feature in Microsoft Excel 2010. Prior releases did not support it. Support for this feature will be added in a future release of the product.

  • Is there an API for Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP that is accessible via Visual Basic or another language?

    The easiest accessibility would be provided using ADOMD (not ADOMD.NET). This doesn’t preclude use of .NET for applications that might want to connect to MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP, only that they must use the ADOMD interface. So, C++ and C# can use this ODBO provider directly.

  • What software do I need to install?

    Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP uses a stand-alone Windows installer. No separate Oracle client install is needed; an Oracle ‘Instant Client’ is included in the Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP installer.

  • Why did Oracle choose to partner with Simba Technologies?

    Simba Technologies is the de facto independent expert on the MDX query language. Simba is the only company that offers data connectivity solutions for both SQL and MDX.

    Founded in 1991, Simba worked on the ODBC specification, and the OLE DB for OLAP (ODBO) and MDX specification with Microsoft. Simba also was a founding member of the XMLA Council, chairing its Interoperability SIG and hosting its InterOp events.

    Simba assisted Hyperion in building its MDX and XMLA interfaces. SAP’s MDX interface is also built upon Simba’s technology. Simba is the only independent company with knowledge and technology encompassing Microsoft’s newest MDX enhancements. More than half of all MDX providers in use today were built using Simba’s MDX technology.

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