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Free data mining tool for Essbase

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Customers using Arbor Essbase OLAP Server now have a direct route to reporting, analysis and modeling. SPSS Inc, a leading supplier of desktop business analysis and data mining software, has announced the availability of SPSS for Essbase Interface, which can be downloaded at no charge from the SPSS Web site http://www.spss.com/datamine/partners.htm. SPSS used Essbase Objects to develop this interface to link the SPSS for Windows and NewView products with Arbor Essbase. Arbor Software`s Essbase Objects is a family of OLAP-aware ActiveX controls for developing robust enterprise OLAP applications. This new interface allows users to easily access data contained in Arbor Essbase and provides direct access to data mining and multidimensional reporting tools from SPSS. It provides a front-end for Arbor Essbase users, simplifying and streamlining the data analysis process. Users can maximise their current investment in Arbor Essbase by using SPSS products to perform variance analysis, segmentation and forecasting. "We`re pleased to provide this interface to Arbor Essbase users," says Jack Noonan, SPSS president and CEO. "One of our main goals is to provide tools enabling our users to understand their customers better. This interface allows them to easily explore their data, make smart decisions, and present clear, understandable reports." "SPSS brings best-in-class statistics, forecasting and data mining to Arbor Essbase customers," said John Dillon, president and CEO of Arbor Software. "With SPSS and Essbase, customers will gain greater insight into enterprise- scale volumes of corporate information." SPSS Inc is a multinational company that delivers reporting, analysis and modeling software products. The company`s primary markets are business intelligence (including market research and data mining), scientific research and quality improvement. The SPSS mission is to drive the widespread use of statistics. Used throughout business, academia and government, the company`s major products include: * SPSS for business and general applications; * NewView for analytical reporting; * AnswerTree for identifying patters and segments; * SigmaPlot and SYSTAT for scientific research; * QI Analyst for quality improvement and statistical process control; * Trial Run for design of experiments; * allCLEAR for process management flowcharting; and * the Quantime and In2itive product lines for data collection and tabulation. In 1997, Forbes ranked SPSS No 11 among the 200 Best Small Companies in America. SPSS ranked No 73 in Business Week`s Top 100 Growth Companies for 1997. The company also placed No 21 on the 1998 Softletter 100, which ranks the top 100 personal computer software companies in the United States; and No 93 in the 1997 Software 500, a ranking of the world`s largest software vendors by Software Magazine. In 1997, SPSS`s pivot table technology was added to the Smithsonian Institution`s Permanent Research Collection of Information Technology. Headquartered in Chicago, SPSS has offices and a network of distributors serving countries around the world.

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