Platinum Technologies intends to integrate and rationalise its entire decision support family under a new architecture.
The products will be linked via its Platinum Repository/Open Enterprise Edition (PR/OEE) and it will introduce common services as a means of rationalising its product line.
The aim is eventually to provide users with an integrated decision support offering that enables them to choose different ways of invoking processes or functions such as report writing, or presenting information for example via a browser, from one pull-down menu. Currently, the offerings are only available as point solutions.
Theresa O?Neil, Platinum?s vice president of data warehousing, said: ?We?ve rethought our approach to data warehousing and developed an architecture based on our consulting work. The Enterprise Architecture, which has yet to be formally named, is based on our repository, which ties everything together by providing constant data definitions. We?re using the concept of information delivery versus point products, which means providing users with different ways of invoking a process or presenting information.?
While the software company does not intend to start integrating its products around PR/OEE until the middle of next year, after it has swapped out its own repository engine and replaced it with Microsoft?s (see Newswire 16 December, 1997), it has already introduced the first of its common services.
The Web publishing service was implemented as an option for Platinum?s Info Beacon online analytical processing (Olap) software and Info Reports report writing tool in December, but other common services such as Olap support and reporting are due to follow over the course of this year.
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