Software AG, the German software and services company, has taken its expertise in data warehousing to the World Wide Web.
Last week the company launched a programme aimed at allowing users to access data warehouse systems using standard Web browsing tools, obviating the need for an expensive EIS.
Called the Enterprise Web Data Warehouse (EWDW), the programme was accompanied by the launch of three new data warehousing tools.
The first, SourcePoint Technology Fastrack, comprises two parts: SourcePoint, a data warehouse management tool which sits between a Web server and a relational database; and Technology Fastrack, a services component which includes 12 days implementation and training consultancy.
The other two tools, Rapid Warehouse and Web InfoServer, are data warehouse consultancy services.
On the client side, Software AG said its programme allows data warehouses to be queried from standard Web browsers. The query is transmitted either over the Internet or an internal intranet to a Web server, which passes it onto SourcePoint.
Ken Jacobson, sales and marketing director at Software AG, said: "The concept is to use World Wide Web technology on the intranet to gain access to information held on disparate servers."
The Web hosts a wealth of information which can be accessed from almost any client platform using standard Web browsers. Such an infrastructure is an ideal platform for data warehousing because users can access the rich information held on the Internet and corporate intranets using standard tools.
By providing a link between the Web and data warehousing, Software AG is positioning itself to deliver this rich information to corporate users.
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