A First for Office for Mac: Microsoft Selects Simba ODBC Driver to Deliver Seamless Connectivity from Excel 2016 for Mac to SQL Server

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – September 15, 2015 – Today Simba Technologies Inc.®, the worldwide leader in Big Data connectivity, announced that its SQL Server ODBC Driver is now included as an integral component of Microsoft’s Excel 2016 for Mac. The Simba-built SQL Server ODBC connector is included with Excel 2016 for Mac, now shipping with Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac (released July 9). Excel 2016 for Mac users can find the SQL Server ODBC connector on the Data tab under “New Database Query.”

As the Microsoft Excel team noted in a recent Office.com blog post, “Excel 2016 for Mac comes with a pre-installed and integrated SQL Server ODBC driver, which we worked hand-in-hand with Simba Technologies to provide.”

The new Simba-built SQL Server ODBC connector in Excel 2016 for Mac brings native SQL Server connectivity to the Mac platform, offering direct SQL BI connectivity to SQL Server via the ODBC API. That connectivity is simple and dynamic: Once the one-step connection process is complete, the connection is established, and persists within the Excel spreadsheet. Excel 2016 for Mac users can get the most out of Excel’s analytics and reporting capabilities with no special knowledge required to connect to their SQL Server data.

“Microsoft’s inclusion of the Simba-built SQL Server ODBC driver with Excel 2016 for Mac is more than an endorsement of Simba’s technology,” notes Simba Technologies CEO Amyn Rajan. “It signals Microsoft’s commitment to native, seamless connectivity. But the real benefits are delivered to the Excel users, who for the first time can now gain direct data access to their SQL Server data from the Mac platform for analysis and reporting.”

The Simba driver included in Excel 2016 for Mac connects seamlessly to SQL Server data sources via ODBC, with no adjustments or fine-tuning required. Excel 2016 for Mac users can now benefit from the same high-performance, dynamic connectivity enjoyed by their Windows counterparts.

“Simba’s direct-to-SQL Server design brings Excel 2016 for Mac users closer to their data,” explains Simba Technologies CTO George Chow. “The connection is fast, easy to set up, and means that nothing can come between analysts and their data.”

Microsoft and Simba have long enjoyed a fruitful relationship, and this isn’t the companies’ first collaboration: In 1992, Microsoft and Simba Technologies co-authored the original ODBC specification.

The Simba-built SQL Server ODBC driver is available as part of the new Excel 2016 for Mac. (Find it in Excel 2016 for Mac on the Data tab under “New Database Query.”)

Simba Technologies’ connectivity drivers are available for individual, enterprise, and OEM licensing. For more information and to sign up for a free trial, visit www.simba.com/connectors. For more information about Simba Technologies, visit the Simba website at https://www.simba.com.

About Simba Technologies Inc.

Simba Technologies (www.simba.com, @SimbaTech) is the recognized world leader in standards-based data access and analytics products and solutions for both relational and multi-dimensional data sources. Simba provides data connectivity solutions to many of the world’s leading companies on various platforms, including Windows, Mac, UNIX, Linux and many mobile device platforms. Simba’s data connectivity 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 Alteryx®, Altiscale®, Cloudera®, Couchbase®, Databricks®, DataStax®, Google®, Hortonworks®, MapR®, Microsoft®, Oracle®, Qubole®, SAP®, Splunk®, Tableau®, and Teradata®.

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