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 Essbase Multidimensional Data Analysis Server
 Powers Comshare's Flagship Enterprise EIS
 ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Comshare (NASDAQ-NMS: CSRE) today introduced Commander EIS 4.0, a new generation of its flagship executive information system (EIS). Combining a powerful, new multidimensional data analysis server with an enhanced Windows user interface, multimedia capabilities, electronic mail integration, and expanded platform support to include OS/2 and Windows NT servers, Commander EIS 4.0 establishes a new performance and capacity standard for enterprise-wide client/server applications.
 Comshare, the world leader in the EIS market and an early leader in the fast-growth market for client/server-based business intelligence (BI) applications, today announced it has integrated Arbor Software's Essbase multidimensional data analysis server into Commander EIS 4.0 under a long-term development and distribution agreement. Comshare said Essbase is the first multidimensional software technology to make full use of client/server principles combined with multi-user database functionality, making it capable of delivering the power, capacity and openness required for enterprise-scale business intelligence applications.
 "Comshare has taken a great leap forward into the next generation of enterprise client/server computing with Commander EIS 4.0," said Comshare President and CEO Rick Crandall. "We've raised the bar for the rest of the EIS industry with a product that takes advantage of modern server platforms and comes packaged with all the software needed for a robust EIS application."
 Commander EIS 4.0's new features include: an enhanced desktop for the managerial user that has the familiar look and feel of Windows client software while providing easier access than ever before to the system's decision support capabilities. This desktop provides easy, seamless query access to underlying multidimensional and relational data; support for multimedia technologies such as video and sound; support for cc:Mail and the MAPI messaging backbone standards, enabling easy integration into enterprise electronic mail networks; DLL support for connectivity to complex or unique data sources; and enhancements to Comshare's unique Execu-View feature, making it easier for managerial users to "slice and dice" data pulled from data repositories across the enterprise.
 Commander EIS's server software is available in version 4.0 for OS/2 and Windows NT, with support for UNIX platforms coming later in 1994. Version 4.0 also includes Comshare's rich set of administration features that large users need to cost effectively deploy client/server applications on an enterprise basis without risking their standards for high quality IS service and support of end users.
 According to Crandall, version 4.0 extends Comshare's early commitment to leading the industry in delivering the robust system capabilities required to operate large, maintainable and sustainable information systems on enterprise-wide client/server networks. "We found Essbase to be the only multidimensional analysis technology optimized for true client/server computing on industry-standard platforms that our Fortune 500-size customers are selecting for their new, lare-scale applications," Crandall said. "Integrating Essbase into Commander EIS enables us to lead the market in delivering the industry's most powerful and highest capacity enterprise client/server EIS applications."
 Treasure Chest, one of the world's largest printers of retail advertising circulars, will use Essbase and Commander 4.0 for financial analysis at its Glendora, California headquarters. Information from three separate relational databases will be loaded into Essbase and made available to users through both Commander EIS and Microsoft Excel as front end applications.
 "Treasure Chest selected Essbase to give both analysts and executives the ability to slice and dice diverse corporate information directly from desktop applications," said Landis MacIntosh, vice president of MIS at Treasure Chest. "We were impressed with the openness of Essbase -- it was the only product we evaluated that supports multiple front ends. Now this partnership with Comshare will enable Treasure Chest to implement EIS with minimal effort, and deliver true, executive level analytical capabilities to our management team quickly."
 Crandall said System W continues as Comshare's multidimensional database engine for host-based EIS and decision support systems. "Essbase and System W are each designed to optimize performance, data connectivity and interoperability on its respective platforms," said Crandall. "Client/server is very different than mainframe computing and we saw too many downsides in a 'one-product-fits-all' approach. Customers are demanding high performance and platform exploitation and that is what Comshare delivers better than anyone else."
 Pricing and Availability
 Commander EIS 4.0 is in field test and will be commercially available in March. It is priced at $85,000 for the full EIS application, including server software and support for 25 users. Additional users may be supported at $500 per desktop.
 Comshare is a full service, international software company that develops, markets and supports business intelligence applications, such as financial reporting and consolidation, line-of-business profit reporting, enterprise budgeting and management reporting, as well as EIS. Founded in 1966 and headquartered in Ann Arbor, the company has an installed base of more than 2800 customers worldwide and is one of the top 50 independent software vendors according to annual rankings by computer magazines. According to the market research firm International Data Corp., Comshare holds 50 percent of the worldwide market for executive information systems.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Commander and Execu-View are trademarks and Comshare is a registered trademark of Comshare, Incorporated. Essbase is a registered trademark of Arbor Software Corporation. All other product names are trademarks of their respective companies./
 /CONTACT: Ricia Hughes of Comshare, 313/769-6068; or David Copithorne or Tim Hurley of Copithorne & Bellows, 617-252-0606, for Comshare/

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