Gentia Software Inc has linked up with middleware firm Simba Technologies Inc to cut the development time of its analytical application ‘platform’. Gentia VP corporate marketing, Mike Gaiss says that the partnership is expected to cut the development time by six months to a year. The platform will consist of a development language, Gentia’s OLE DB server, smart agents, query tools and middleware including an object request broker (ORB). Users will be able to build custom applications with drag and drop techniques utilizing an object library or with predefined frameworks. Simba will package the Gentia OLAP engine – GentiaDB – as an OLE DB for OLAP data provider, allowing third-party vendors such as Business Objects to access data within Gentia-built applications. Analytical applications are currently a buzz word in the business intelligence community – Gaiss defines them as combining decision support technology – standard and multi-dimensional queries and reporting facilities with the domain expertise to solve individual problems. He derides software such as Brio’s Enterprise 6.0 which the company claims allows analytical app building as end user tool definition software, combining various reporting and mining functions in one output source.