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Alphablox unveils version 5 of business analytics platform. (BI News Review).

Business analytics software vendor Alphablox Corp has announced the fifth major release of its namesake software platform--Alphablox 5. The company offers a "Lego-like" approach to building business intelligence applications by snapping together components (called "blox").

Officials at Alphablox say that the new version offers greater flexibility for end-users and developers alike. Alphablox 5 features an extensible, DHTML client for enhanced personalization of the user interface and more interactive presentation of information. It also means that the clients no longer need to download a Java applet.

Version 5 also includes several additional Blox components: CommentBlox (detailed collaborative analysis); FormBlox (parameter-driven reporting); TimeSchemaBlox (dynamic time series analysis); MDBQueryBlox (building OLAP queries); MemberSecurityBlox (user access and authorization); and FastForward (customized reporting and analysis templates).

Other features include a more powerful calculation engine, bookmark enhancements, support for clustering and relational connection pooling through application servers, and a new API for Microsoft Analysis Services that includes native drill-through capabilities. Alphablox 5 also enhances OLAP support for Hyperion Solutions Corp's Essbase XTD multidimensional database. Alphablox 5 is slated for delivery this month.

Separately, Alphablox also announced a new alerting capability and a revamped partner program. Alphablox's 'Enterprise Alerts' platform adds dynamic, near real-time data monitoring capabilities and can be easily integrated into the enterprise's existing IT infrastructure.

The offering is based on technology acquired from Alerts Inc at the beginning of this year. As part of an expanded partner program and network, Alphablox's Partner Solutions Group (PSG) will now spearhead the company's strategic focus of jointly delivering more functional analytic solutions via consulting firms, VARs, and OEMs.
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Date:Jun 19, 2003
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