Vancouver, BC – April 14, 2003 – Simba Technologies Inc. the leading data access company today announced the Successful Completion of the XML for Analysis (XMLA) InterOperate Workshop II that it hosted in Vancouver, British Columbia between April 2nd and 4th, 2003. This event was sanctioned by the XMLA Council and brought together many of the world’s leading Business Intelligence (BI) and Business Performance Management (BPM) vendors. The meeting consisted of Interoperability Testing between XMLA-enabled Consumers and Providers as well as the first regular Council meetings for 2003.

“As Web services become increasingly important in BI, open industry standards are vital, and support for the XMLA Standard will be a crucial part of Microsoft’s BI Technologies,” said Stan Sorensen, Director of SQL Server Product Management at Microsoft Corp. “It’s gratifying to see the leadership and progress the XMLA Council is making through the high level of cooperation among BI vendors.”

For many companies today, BI and BPM are considered a key determinant of competitive advantage as they allow companies to make better decisions faster as well as to improve and manage their overall corporate performance. XMLA is an open web services standard that allows communication between Business Intelligence and Business Performance Management applications over the Internet. The ubiquitous adoption of XMLA will permit broad interoperability between these applications. This will enable companies to better leverage their existing software investments and to choose the combination of applications that will best meet their needs.

“Open standards are extremely important to Hyperion and our customers,” said Matt Abrams, Director of Channel’s Essbase Technologies at Hyperion. “With events like Simba’s InterOperate Workshop, and the growing support for XMLA among the BI and BPM communities, it is clear that XMLA is fast becoming a must have Standard. It is also very impressive to see that there are over 30 companies that are currently part of the XMLA Council, and that the list is continuing to grow.”

A total of 21 Council Members participated in the Workshop including Applix, ArcPlan, Aspirity, Bandwiz, Brio Software, Cognos, Comshare, Cosworth, Crystal Decisions, DSS Lab, Hyperion, INEA, Microsoft, Microstrategy, MIS AG, ProClarity, SAP AG, SAS Institute, Simba Technologies, SPSS, and Temtec.

“SAS technology is designed and built with a close eye on integration, open standards and extensibility,” said Rob Stephens, Director Business Intelligence Marketing Strategy. “We believe XMLA will deliver on the promise of a truly open and interoperable standard. As a founding member of the XMLA Council, SAS is actively involved in moving the XMLA specification forward and supporting this new standard in future product offerings.”

The success of the Interoperability Testing was especially important as this was the XMLA Council’s final private event before the World’s first public interoperability demonstration of XMLA (Version 1.1), which will occur in San Francisco, May 13th and 14th, 2003 at the Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) Spring Conference. To learn more about this event, please visit http://www.dw-institute.com.

“We are proud to have hosted the Workshop and Congratulate all those who participated in the event. We demonstrated excellent progress in the evolution of the specification and the products that support it. We are confident that the Interoperability Testing has prepared the Council for the public demonstration in May and will translate into greater awareness and demand for XMLA compliant products”, says Amyn Rajan, President and CEO of Simba. “We look forward to continued involvement with the Council to ensure ongoing advancement and increased adoption of the XMLA Standard”.

 About XMLA

The XML for Analysis (XMLA) Council is made up of a number of leading Business Intelligence and Business Performance Management software vendors that have announced their support and backing of the XMLA Specification, a set of XML message interfaces that use the industry standard Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) to define data access interaction between a client application and an analytical data provider working over the Internet. The council has jointly published the XMLA Specification that allows corporate developers, third party tool vendors and other parties to query analytical data providers in a standard way. This new standard is expected to accelerate the adoption of Internet business intelligence software and increase the market for those technologies.

Hyperion Solutions Corporation, Microsoft Corp. and SAS Institute Inc. co-chair the XMLA Council. To learn more about XMLA, please visit http://www.xmla.org.

 About Simba

Simba Technologies is the leading data access company. We deliver data connectivity and interoperability solutions to many of the world’s leading companies on various platforms including Windows and Linux. Our best-in-class products support multiple open interfaces, including ODBC, JDBC, OLE DB, OLE DB for OLAP (ODBO) and XML for Analysis (XMLA).

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