Business Objects has introduced what it claims is the first desktop data mining tool.
Called BusinessMiner, the software has been designed to give non-technical users access to business data. According to Business Objects it is able to find previously undetected relationships in the data.
The package presents a hierarchical decision tree of the relationships in the data. With this, users can drill down to examine specific trends and specify criteria to highlight particular occurrences.
Although it can be used standalone, Business Objects recommends the tool be used in conjunction with its BusinessObjects 4.0 data warehousing software. This is because the data needs to be converted to a format that BusinessMiner can understand. Also, in a standalone environment, users would have to supply complicated business rules.
Charles Nicholls, marketing director at Business Objects, said by using the BusinessObjects data warehouse, end-users need not worry about implementing business rules themselves. "IS departments only have to set up business rules once for the whole organisation," he explained.
The package can also act as a middle layer between the underlying database engine and the end-user, avoiding time-consuming translations, noted Nicholls.
BusinessMiner costs #995 standalone, and #495 if purchased with BusinessObjects.
It is available for Windows NT and Windows 95. Windows 3.1 will be supported via Win32, within three months.
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