...Hyperion, Sun Microsystems, IBM, Oracle, Unisys, SAS Institute, Data Beacon, Pilot Software, Nokia, and Adaptive Ltd conclude successful public review of Java OLAP Interface specification for multidimensional data management and interoperability...
SUNNYVALE, Calif., November 25, 2002 - The Java Community Process [sm] (JCP) Expert Group for the Java[tm] OLAP Interface (JOLAP) today announced the successful conclusion of the public review of their specification for multidimensional data management and interoperability. The 60-day public review gave the opportunity for potential users to provide valuable feedback and comment on the specification of the JOLAP application-programming interface (API).
The next stage in the process of developing the specification is the production of a 'proposed final draft', a 'Reference Implementation (RI)' (a proof of concept, model implementation), and a 'Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK)' (a piece of licensable software used in verifying specification conformance).
"As operations and analysis are two sides of the same coin, the resulting interdependency of e-business and analytic applications heightens the urgency and significance of providing the Java technology development community with a simple, pervasive mechanism to work with OLAP data structures," said Mike Schiff, Vice President of E-Business and Business Intelligence at competitive analysis firm Current Analysis. "Broad support for standards like JOLAP and the Common Warehouse Metamodel among leading e-business and data warehousing vendors is a positive and timely development in the evolution of the Internet economy."
JOLAP defines a new, platform-independent standard for querying and managing both data and metadata in OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) servers and databases, within the Java technology environment. Developed under the JCP, the community-based process for developing Java technology, the draft was made available on at jcp.org/jsr/detail/69.jsp for public review and comment from June 20 through August 22, and remains accessible. A sizable body of feedback has been gathered and will be used in the formulation of the proposed final draft.
"JOLAP is a significant continuation in the definition of industry standards for software interoperability," said John Kopcke, Hyperion's chief technology officer. "Hyperion believes that analysis of data to support business performance management is too important to be constrained by technical issues. It is key to us to support standards initiatives that maximize access to analysis to the broadest range of technical infrastructure and architecture."
By reusing both the Common Warehouse Metamodel (CWM) and Java Metadata Interface (JMI) as the foundations for an operational API for OLAP systems deployed in the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE ™) environment, JOLAP provides an open standards-based approach to advanced analytics and business performance management. This enhances the capabilities of any analytic application client to readily integrate with OLAP services that support the JOLAP interface.
"Our customers ultimately benefit by being able to integrate their applications with a multitude of OLAP servers and other advanced analysis and business performance management tools," Kopcke continued.
JOLAP is designed to be the OLAP counterpart of the highly successful JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) Application Programming Interface (API) for data managed by relational databases. The Java community will benefit from a single, industry-standard API that makes it possible to create business analysis applications that can be deployed across any JOLAP-compliant OLAP data resource. Vendors of OLAP servers supporting the JOLAP standard will be able to implement a standard API that will be readily usable by a wide range of applications and components running on the Java platform.
Wide Support for Standard
Initially proposed by Hyperion, JOLAP was quick to gain the support of Sun Microsystems, Inc., IBM, Oracle, Unisys, and other vendors who are working with Hyperion within the JCP Program. JOLAP leverages the widely endorsed CWM, providing interoperability between data warehousing and e-business tools, applications and repositories based on Object Management Group
http://www.omg.org/ open standards specifications. JOLAP also incorporates the recently completed JMI standard, which provides a standards-based access mechanism for managing metadata in the JavaTM and J2EETM environment.
"IBM will provide support for JOLAP through DB2 OLAP Server, building upon the company's long-standing support of open industry standards," said Lauren Flaherty, vice president of marketing, IBM Data Management Solutions. "We look forward to supporting JOLAP to allow customers to accelerate the deployment of sophisticated analytical capabilities offered by DB2 business intelligence software."
"We are pleased to be a part of this effort and fully support this industry-wide initiative," said Rich Green, vice president, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "JOLAP will help extend the Java 2 Platform to meet the specific needs of data warehousing and business intelligence applications developers. Moreover, since JOLAP is being developed through the JCP program, the specifications are being developed openly, with broad industry participation and support-another boon for application developers in today's net economy."
"Pilot Software promotes the use and adoption of industry standards that ultimately result in cost savings to customers," said John D'Albis, Chief Technology Officer of Pilot Software. "JOLAP provides a significant first step toward supported standards for OLAP in the J2EE environment and indicates the maturation level of Internet technologies as a viable enterprise infrastructure. Our remaining challenge is to realize these potential economic benefits while continuing to innovate and broaden the use of business analytics."
"Oracle has a long history of supporting open standard languages and APIs such as SQL and Java. The JOLAP standard will help customers enable applications with business analytics at lower cost and with greater flexibility with respect to underlying technologies," said Ray Roccaforte, vice president of Data Warehousing Engineering at Oracle Corporation. "We believe that Oracle's own experience in e-business, its daily interactions with customers, and its development of leading OLAP technology will help ensure that the results of this effort map back to real-world requirements."
"Databeacon's data publishing franchise, where we broadcast data analysis and reporting throughout and beyond the extended enterprise via our Java-based OLAP applet, will only get stronger with this new JOLAP standard," said Mike Kelly, Chief Technology Officer of Databeacon Inc. "E-business economies of scale become even more important as I.T. budgets tighten, so we are pleased to participate in an initiative that we feel will speed the adoption of analytics applications to the widest possible number of users by breaking down system interoperability barriers."
For more information about JOLAP, visit jcp.org/jsr/detail/69.jsp.
For more information about the Java Community Process and JCP membership, visit
Contributors include: Hyperion (Nasdaq: HYSL), IBM (NYSE: IBM), Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL), Unisys
(NYSE: UIS), Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW), SAS Institute, Databeacon, other organizations
and individual contributors.
Hyperion, the global leader in business performance management software, creates solutions that help companies measure performance and drive profitability. Hyperion's Business Performance Management Suite of packaged and tailored applications and its open, integrating business performance management platform, Hyperion Essbase XTD, enable companies to set goals, model and plan performance, monitor and report key results, analyze underlying business drivers and anticipate future performance of core business activities. Hyperion products are used by more than 6,000 customers around the world to enable financial, organizational, customer relationship, supply chain and channel performance management. Hyperion has a network of over 330 partners to provide innovative and specialized business performance management solutions and services.
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