Vancouver, BC – February 5, 2003 – Simba Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the second XML for Analysis (XMLA) InterOperate Workshop in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 2, 3 and 4, 2002. This event that will build on a previous event hosted by Simba in November 2002 and will prepare participants for the a public interoperability demonstration to be held at The Data Warehousing Institute’s (TDWI’s) Spring BI Strategies Program in San Francisco, California in May 2003.

The objectives of the XMLA InterOperate Workshop II are to: (1) to facilitate a second round of XMLA interoperability testing between leading business intelligence vendors; (2) provide a desirable forum for an XMLA council meeting to discuss relevant issues associated with the standard and to prepare participants for the public interoperability event scheduled for May 2003;and (3) continue to add to public relations momentum for XMLA as the popularity of this standard continues to increase.

Many of the world’s leading business intelligence vendors who attended the previous InterOperate Workshop in November are expected to attend the event, including Microsoft, Hyperion and SAS, the chairs of the XMLA Council.

“Given the success the XMLA Council achieved at the XMLA InterOperate Workshop in November we are honored to be hosting the follow-up XMLA InterOperate Workshop II. Simba Technologies is committed to the advancement of the XMLA standard and we look forward to working with the other members of the council to ensure continued success”, says Amyn Rajan, President and CEO of Simba.

The XMLA InterOperate Workshop II will focus on continued advancement of XMLA, a new specification that allows open access to multidimensional databases from any platform and represents significant momentum for XML-based analytic web services. Business intelligence products that incorporate XMLA are already shipping with many more slated to be released later in 2003.

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. The newest release of the specification is available for Web download at http://www.xmla.org.

For more information about The Data Warehousing Institute’s (TDWI’s) Spring BI Strategies Program in San Francisco, California in May 2003 visit www.dw-institute.com.

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Simba Technologies is the leading data access solutions company. Our products deliver data access solutions on various platforms including Windows and Linux and support multiple standard interfaces including ODBC, OLE DB, JDBC, OLE DB for OLAP, .NET and XML for Analysis.

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