IBM Joins OLAP Council

IBM Joins Industry Advocacy Group for On-Line Analytical Processing Technologies

BOSTON, May 20, 1996 - The OLAP Council today announced that IBM has become the organization's newest voting member. The OLAP Council is a software industry association established to provide education about the benefits of OLAP technology for business intelligence applications. IBM Software, headquartered in Somers, NY, has on-line analytical processing solutions that enable users to analyze data for better business decisions.

" IBM's Software Division, which develops the DB2 family and Intelligent Decision Server, fully supports the goals of the OLAP Council," said Steve Selbst, Business Unit Manager, Decision Support Product Development. "We look forward to working with the OLAP Council to address industry-wide challenges, including openness, interoperability and standards."

"The OLAP Council welcomes as its newest general member. The Council is rapidly becoming the focal point for collaboration among key industry participants to make OLAP technology better understood and more useful. IBM can certainly help us in that mission," said Rick Crandall, OLAP Council spokesperson and Comshare Chairman. "The Council is a comprehensive source of information about OLAP, its vendors and the kinds of business intelligence solutions that customers can realistically expect."

The Council, established in January 1995, now includes eleven general members - Arbor Software Corp. of Sunnyvale, Calif.; Business Objects, Inc. of Paris, France and Cupertino, Calif.; Cognos of Burlington, Mass. and Ottawa, Ont.; Comshare, Inc. of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Holistic Systems Ltd. of London; IBM Decision Support Solutions of San Jose, Calif., IRI Software of Waltham, Mass.; Oracle Corp. of Waltham, Mass.; Pilot Software of Cambridge, Mass.; Platinum technology, inc. of Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.; and Gentia (Planning Sciences) of London - and five associate members, KPMG Peat Marwick, TM1 Software (formerly Sinper Corp.) of Warren, N.J.; and Speedware Corp. of Montreal.

The OLAP Council was founded to provide education about OLAP technology for business intelligence applications and to help position OLAP within a broader IT architecture. The Council's mission includes sponsoring industry research and working to establish guidelines for OLAP interoperability and data navigation. Two kinds of membership are available - general and associate - depending on the type of company and the level of involvement desired. Criteria for all levels of Council membership, in addition to payment of annual dues, includes support for the Council's fundamental tenets of on-line analytical processing. For information about OLAP technology or about membership in the OLAP Council, please access the Council's Web site at For membership processing, please call (888) 818-OLAP or send email to the OLAP Council Administrator

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