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October 16, 1995


By CBR Staff Writer

Data visualisation software developer Advanced Visual Systems Inc, Waltham, Massachusetts, has revamped AVS/Express, its object-oriented application development environment for the technical market (CI No 2,411). Release 2.0 includes database interfaces for commercial data mining and visual on-line analytical processing applications. AVS/Express’ multi-system environment enables users to build interactive multidimensional visual capabilities into most Unix systems, Motif, Windows NT and Windows95. Users assemble icon components from graphical user interface, graphics and visualisation libraries using drag-and-drop. Additionally, users can add high-end visualisation to existing applications by integrating applications developed by AVS/Express as a run-time component. Through V2’s visual programming environment, the three dimensional visualisation programme enables users to select icon components to create custom displays, and compile into C++ or Object Linking & Embedding. Users can create and modify objects, and combine them with higher-level application objects which can be called by the existing application. The new incarnation links three-dimensional visualisation applications to commercial relational database systems, including Oracle7, Sybase, Informix, and just recently Arbor Software Inc’s Essbase. Advanced Visual Systems has integrated 2.0 with Oracle, Applix, Arbor, OpenGIS and ESRI. It costs $18,000. Version 2.0 support for Open Database Connectivity is in alpha testing, with release planned for spring 1996. The company has also signed an agreement with Arbor to integrate V2 with Essbase, Arbor’s multidimensional database server for planning and analysis applications for defined analytical structure, consolidated actual, projected and derived data, multi-user, and read-write data access. V2 will act as a front-end client to Arbor’s Essbase multidimensional on-line analytical processing engine. Through Essbase’s application programming interface, on-line analytical processing users can transform data into interactive three dimensional visual representations, and mine corporate data resources independently. Essbase data mining applications are used in telecommunications, financial services, sales and marketing for financial modelling, sales forecasting, exception reporting and capacity planning.

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