OLAP vendor Applix is planning to use its speed to market to take the helm in the fledgling Tensor standards group.
The company last week released the first Tensor compliant OLAP server last week, with Version 7 of its TM1 product.
The Tensor group was set up by Microsoft last year to ensure a commonality of interfaces between different vendors' products in preparation for the launch of its OLAP server, codenamed Plato. Plato will be incorporated into SQL Server 7, which is slated for release in November this year.
"Applix should be congratulated for being the first vendor to dump its own APIs in favour of Microsoft's," said Nigel Pendse, author of the OLAP Report.
Not only has Applix beaten Microsoft to be the first to launch a Tensor OLAP server, but TM1 7 is a "proven" product, which Plato is not, Pendse added.
Numerous vendors, including Brio, Knosys and Cognos, have adopted the Tensor standard to make their front-end tools work with Plato. In Plato's absence, these companies have had to make them work seamlessly with TM1, though many of them did not originally.
Pendse claimed that, out of 10 companies now beta testing OLAP clients, only two "go out of their way to exploit Plato". These are Aristotle from Cognos and Socrates from Knosys. The others, he said, are merely capable of interfacing with Plato.
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