Hyperion’s Smart move in BI space

Business Intelligence (BI) software vendor Hyperion has added to its portfolio with a product suite designed to make it easier for end-users to access BI reports.

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By  Published  December 16, 2006

Business Intelligence (BI) software vendor Hyperion has added to its portfolio with a product suite designed to make it easier for end-users to access BI reports.

Hyperion System 9 Smart Space is designed to provide “always on” BI reporting capabilities and can be accessed by end-users through Windows XP or Vista operating systems (OS), the firm said.

“Smart Space does for BI in the new millennium what the mouse and graphical user interface (GUI) did for personal computing in the late 1970s and early 1980s: it changes the way people work,” claimed Rich Clayton, vice president of product marketing at Hyperion.

“While the invention of the mouse and GUI ushered in the era of personal computing for both home and business use, Smart Space will foster the era of information democracy for every knowledge worker.”

Once the user has logged on to Windows, information transparently flows to ‘gadgets’ on the desktop — specially designed applications that the user can customise in the way that the user wants.

For example, the briefing book gadget allows users to assemble a collection of reports from content in Hyperion System 9, and the ticker gadget lets users display key performance indicators (KPIs) in a ticker format on their desktop, Hyperion said. Collaboration and instant messaging (IM) functionality embedded within the gadgets also allows users to easily share BI information with colleagues and engage in collaborative decision making that can then be documented and recorded for auditing purposes.

By using Windows technology to present BI on the desktop, rather than through a separate dashboard or embedded within other applications, Hyperion claimed it was extending the reach of BI to all knowledge workers within an organisation, not just those who have been specially trained.

The firm cited findings from research house TDWI Research, which suggested that only 18% of all potential BI users in an organisation actually used such tools on a regular basis to do their jobs.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Hyperion to provide our enterprise customers with actionable insight via Hyperion’s Smart Space technology,” said Rob Bernard, general manager, Worldwide ISV Group at Microsoft. “Hyperion and Microsoft share the goal of delivering improved access to information and we’re excited with the benefits Smart Space will provide our mutual customers.”

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