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Acta Technology Announces Partnership with Arbor Software and Support for Arbor Integration Server; Acta and Arbor to Deliver Integrated SAP-to-OLAP Data Warehousing Solution.

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 16, 1998--Acta Technology, the leading provider of data warehousing solutions for packaged applications, today announced a partnership with Arbor Software (Nasdaq:ARSW) that will enable customers to populate Arbor Essbase cubes from SAP data sources through integration between its flagship product, ActaLink for SAP, and Arbor Integration Server.

ActaLink for SAP extracts data from SAP and non-SAP sources, transforms and cleanses the data, and loads it into a data warehouse. Arbor Integration Server, announced separately today by Arbor, is a suite of graphical tools and scalable data integration services that minimize the time and expense to create, deploy and manage analytic applications. Arbor is demonstrating the integration between ActaLink for SAP and Arbor Integration Server as part of this week's product introduction.

In addition, the two companies announced integration between Arbor Integration Server and Acta's customizable prepackaged data warehouses which significantly jump-start the process of data warehouse construction.

Arbor Integration Server supports custom, on-demand and packaged analytic applications through the rapid assembly of reusable dimensions, hierarchies and calculation logic centrally maintained in a shared, enterprise OLAP metadata catalog. Arbor Integration Server makes it easy to combine the speed of thought query performance, rich calculation capability, and analytic application breadth of Arbor Essbase OLAP Server with the scalability, extensibility and sophisticated data management capabilities of leading relational databases. Arbor Integration Server is currently in beta and is planned for availability later this year.

Integrated SAP-to-OLAP Data Warehousing Solution

ActaLink's open metadata integration architecture allows for easy integration between ActaLink for SAP and Arbor Integration Server. The end result will be a powerful SAP-to-OLAP data warehousing solution for accessing and analyzing SAP R/3 data.

"This partnership with Arbor Software exemplifies our commitment to provide complete, enterprise-wide decision support solutions," said Alex Gorelik, co-founder, president and CTO of Acta Technology. "The integration of ActaLink with Arbor Integration Server will prove to be a powerful solution for SAP R/3 installations."

"This partnership allows SAP users to quickly deploy sophisticated analytic applications without programming," said John Dillon, president and CEO of Arbor Software. "Every SAP customer that wants a powerful, easy to deploy solution for analyzing data captured in their R/3 applications should carefully evaluate the joint Arbor/Acta solution."

Janssen-Ortho Using ActaLink for SAP and Arbor Essbase

Janssen-Ortho Inc., headquartered in Ontario, Canada, uses both Arbor Essbase and ActaLink for SAP. Janssen-Ortho is using ActaLink for SAP to build product distribution and cost center data marts from SAP R/3 data that will be accessed by the financial and operations departments using Essbase. "We needed an SAP data extraction tool that could be used by an IT business analyst without extensive training or programming knowledge," said Rick Sommerkamp, Project Manager for Janssen-Ortho. "ActaLink for SAP quickly and easily extracts data out of SAP without costly ABAP programming."

More information about the integration between ActaLink for SAP and Arbor Integration Server is available at

ActaLink for SAP

ActaLink for SAP extracts data from SAP and non-SAP sources, transforms and cleanses the data, and loads it into a data warehouse. Data mappings, transformations, and control logic to manage a complex, multi-step data warehouse process are specified using a graphical user interface without writing any code, and are stored in a metadata repository. ActaLink extracts the requested data from SAP by generating optimized ABAP/4 code and from non-SAP relational sources by generating SQL. Joining of SAP and non-SAP data and other data transformations are performed in-memory in a high performance engine.

ActaLink reduces the time to deploy an SAP data warehouse and allows for the warehouse to be easily enhanced to meet evolving business requirements. Acta also provides prepackaged data warehouses which significantly jump-start the process of data warehouse construction.

About Acta Technology

Founded in October 1996, and headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Acta Technology is the data warehouse industry's first and only vendor focused exclusively on providing enterprise data warehouse solutions for packaged client-server applications. Initially focused on SAP, Acta's solutions include pre-packaged data warehouses built around the industry's only extraction, transformation and loading tool, ActaLink, architected from inception to be very tightly integrated with SAP's application layer. Acta is a member of SAP's CSP Program. Privately held, Acta is funded by Greylock Limited Partnerships and US Venture Partners. The company was founded by Sachin Chawla and Alex Gorelik, the architect and manager of Sybase, Inc.'s highly successful data movement software, Sybase Replication Server. For more information, visit Acta's World Wide Web site at

Arbor Software

Arbor Software Corporation develops and markets enterprise OLAP software for management reporting, analysis and planning applications. Arbor's products are used by more than 1,600 corporations worldwide, spanning a broad range of industries, business applications and enterprise data warehousing architectures. Arbor's customers include BankBoston, Los Angeles Times, PEPSICO, Prudential and Sears. Arbor's products are sold direct, as well as through system integrators and resellers worldwide, including Comshare, Fujitsu, i2 Technologies, IBM, Lawson Software, Mitsubishi, PeopleSoft, SQL Financials and Walker. Arbor's offices are located in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Information on Arbor products and services can be found at Arbor can be reached via e-mail at or by calling 1-800-858-1666 (US) or + 44 1344 664000 (International).

Arbor and Essbase are registered trademarks of Arbor Software Corporation. Acta, ActaLink and Rapid-Mart are trademarks of Acta Technology Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT:For Acta Technology: For Arbor Software:

Humphrey Strategic Communications Arbor Software

Scott Humphrey Joanna McMillan

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