SimbaProvider SDK 4.2 Adds Java XMLA Provider and MDX Engine for Linux

Vancouver, BC – January 13, 2009 – Simba Technologies Inc., industry’s source for standards-based relational and multi-dimensional data connectivity solutions, announced today the release of SimbaProvider OLAP SDK 4.2. SimbaProvider OLAP SDK – industry’s only MDX 2005 Query Language compliant Software Development Kit (SDK) – is the leading solution for building OLE DB for OLAP (ODBO) and XML for Analysis (XMLA) data connectivity that connects business intelligence and analytics products like Microsoft Excel 2007 and SAP Business Objects Voyager to data sources.

SimbaProvider OLAP SDK 4.2 incorporates many notable enhancements, including a new Linux-based MDX engine, an ODBO to XMLA bridge and support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008.

“Simba has made many significant updates to SimbaProvider over the last few releases,” said Amyn Rajan, Simba’s CEO. “Previous releases of the OLAP SDK included the ability to build a Java-based XMLA Provider for interoperability across platforms, as well as significant updates to the MDX engine to support Microsoft’s latest changes to the MDX Query Language in 2005. With this latest release, customers now have the most versatile, platform independent OLAP data connectivity toolkit on the market to build standardized connectivity between applications and data sources.”

SimbaProvider OLAP SDK is the de facto toolkit used by software vendors to build MDX and OLAP data connectivity into their products. The SDK’s MDX 2005 compliant data engine and parser are the only licensable technology of their kind to provide MDX 2005 support. Using the SDK, software vendors gain the ability to integrate and connect with the latest business intelligence and analytics products on the market, such as Microsoft Excel 2007 Pivot Tables, without the worry of technology or data standard changes because Simba provides continuous updates to keep pace.

This latest SDK release provides greater options to developers by way of newly added support for Red Hat Linux and continued support for Microsoft Windows. While Windows dominates desktop computing, many data servers run on Linux and UNIX. Simba added components to easily build platform independent, Java-based XMLA Providers in Version 4.1 of the SDK. The addition of a Linux-based MDX Engine in this latest release enables the company’s Linux-based customers to build a fully Linux solution to gain performance with their systems.

Previously, non-Windows customers had to introduce a Windows-based layer within their systems to accommodate MDX processing. By eliminating the need for an added layer in the latest SDK, Linux-based customers will be able to connect directly to a Java-based XMLA Provider for greater efficiency and performance gains.

“Simba has worked hard to ensure the utmost architecture flexibility for our customers, enabling them to deploy single or multi-tier solutions to best suit their needs,” said Rajan.

SimbaProvider OLAP SDK supports both 32-bit and 64-bit processing. The SDK is also easily portable to additional platforms beyond Windows and Linux.

Also notable in this release, Simba has added support for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2008. Development support for Visual Studio .NET 2005 continues, while support for Visual Studio .NET 2003 has been dropped.

Simba has also bundled in its O2X technology for bridging OLE DB for OLAP to XML for Analysis data access. SimbaO2X allows users to use ODBO-based applications like Microsoft Excel Pivot Tables with XMLA-based data sources, again providing greater user choice and flexibility without being tied to a single technology or platform.

“SimbaProvider OLAP SDK is the complete solution for establishing ODBO and XMLA data connectivity to multi-dimensional OLAP and star schema relational data sources,” said Rajan. “SimbaProvider enables developers to build a customized OLAP data provider momentously faster and more easily than building one from scratch.”

Simba offers a free, 30-day evaluation version of SimbaProvider OLAP SDK, which can be requested on its website at

 About Simba Technologies Inc.

Simba Technologies Inc. ( is the recognized world leader in standards-based data access products, solutions, and services for both relational and multi-dimensional data sources. Simba delivers data connectivity and interoperability solutions to many of the world’s leading companies on various platforms, including Windows, UNIX, Linux and Mac. Simba’s best-in-class products support multiple interfaces, including ODBC, JDBC, OLE DB, OLE DB for OLAP (ODBO), XML for Analysis (XMLA), ADO, ADO.NET, ADOMD, and ADOMD.NET.

Simba’s software is used worldwide. Its customers include leading independent software vendors and global enterprises, like Business Objects, Infor, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP AG.