Seagate Software is launching Holos 7, codenamed Columbus, at the Business Intelligence 98 conference in London on 17 June.
The development environment has a new architecture, Open Olap, which can join separate data stores from products such as Arbor Essbase and Microsoft Plato, which is due in the third quarter. In effect, Holos 7 works with system compliant with the OLEDB interface, analysing the joined datacubes as if they were a single virtual cube.
David Brocklebank, Seagate's European marketing director, explained the rationale for developing Open Olap. He said: "We recognise that Plato will commoditise the Olap marketplace. Many users will move to SQL Server and Plato but they will still need an application development environment like Holos 7."
Another key feature in the new system is Calculation On Demand. This aims to manage the problem of database explosion by shrinking cubes and optimising calculations.
Brocklebank said that Holos 7 will ship during June at the same price as Version 6. The entry level system costs around #50,000.
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