Hyperion Solutions Corp has spun off its decision support arm as a wholly owned subsidiary in a bid to compete head on in the Microsoft Sequel Server OLAP services market space. The new company will be renamed Appsource Corp, its original name before it was purchased, in December 1997, by Arbor Software. Arbor subsequently merged with Hyperion in May 1998 and since then Appsource has sold its decision support tools under the Hyperion brand name. Now, with the majority of Hyperion’s SBase multidimensional customers under its belt, Hyperion decided to spin off Appsource to enable the subsidiary to focus exclusively on selling tools into Microsoft’s OLAP services space, said Adrian Marshall, VP of marketing for the newly-formed company. We wanted to set up a small, highly-responsive unit that we could react quickly to change and compete head on in the marketplace, he told ComputerWire. The company also took the opportunity to announce the next version of its Wired for OLAP tool set. Release 4.0 of the software offers a number of improvements over the previous version including enhanced support for Microsoft’s SQL Server 7.0 OLAP Services with features including ranking (of top products or companies for example), write-back (the ability to enter data at the front end which is automatically updated on the OLAP server), and a host of advanced selections, including the ability to drill down and find out information at a regional level. The latest version also seamlessly interoperates on both Windows and web-based clients and features a new, web-style interface on all client editions. And by enabling the Wired repository to be stored in any leading relational database, including SQL, Oracle 8 and IBM’s DB2, the repository is more scalable, and can be accessed by thousands of users, as opposed to just 50, as was the case with the earlier version. Wired for OLAP version 4.0 is available immediately. It costs $100 per user for the web viewer only edition; $300 for the web edition; $600 for the standard client version and $1,000 for the professional edition. Web clients also require the Wired application server, which costs $12,500 and serves up to 250 concurrent users. Sales are indirect through channels, telesales and e-commerce partners.