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Delivering on a previously-announced strategy, Hyperion Solutions Inc, the company formed by the merger of Arbor Software with Hyperion Software in August (CI No 3,481), said yesterday it has integrated its Hyperion analysis and reporting tools with Arbor’s Essbase OLAP server. The company says the two packaged applications, Hyperion Enterprise and Hyperion Pillar, will be available for use on the Essbase server by the end of the year. The enterprise product is used to consolidate and analyze different forms of financial data across a company (for example where one department uses PeopleSoft and another uses SAP) while the pillar application enables businesses to carry out budgeting, planning and forecasting analyses. By integrating the products, companies will be able to take data from the enterprise and pillar applications, and load it into the Essbase server for deeper analysis, according to Dan Druker, VP of product marketing. It will enable them to take advantage of Essbase’s sophisticated calculations features, including trending, scenarios, forecasting, and statistics, he said. Druker added that the company has also optimized its Hyperion Reporting (an end user financial reporting tool) and Hyperion’s Spider-Man application, which takes the reports and publishes them on the web, for use with the OLAP server. The applications join some 50 front end third party Essbase-ready tools. Hyperion Reporting, which was previously only available as part of Hyperion Enterprise, is now offered as a standalone product, for $1,000 per user. The Essbase OLAP server runs on NT, Unix and AS400 platforms.

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