Snapshot of BI tools supporting Web services
San Francisco, Calif.,
Actuate 6 and Actuate Spreadsheet Option -- Web Services API, pure
SOAP, WSDL-certified API; integrates XML capabilities into generation, storage
and delivery of Actuate content.
San Jose, Calif.
BusinessObjects, WebIntelligence and BusinessObjects Developer Suite --
Cross-platform API; info can be accessed and formatted in XML for use in other
systems; XML can be used as info source for creating reports within
BusinessObjects. Pricing starts at $415 per user; Developer Suite is $15,000 per
New York, N.Y.
ClearResearch, ClearEvents and ClearSight -- Reads and processes any type of
unstructured textual data; produces richly tagged XML; can automatically
integrate tagged XML content from multiple sources. Pricing starts at
Cognos Series 7 and Cognos Web Services SDK -- Builds connections between
Cognos software and multiple applications. Price is $10,000 per developer
Palo Alto, Calif.
Crystal Enterprise, Crystal Reports and Crystal Analysis Professional --
End-to-end support for XML; creates reports off and exports to XML documents;
turns Crystal reports into ''XML Report Web Services.'' Pricing starts at $195 for
Crystal Reports Standard.
Dimensional Insight Inc.
DI-Diver, DI-ProDiver, DI-WebDiver, DI-ReportDiver and DI-Broadcast -- Gives
users access to interactive data analysis and OLAP functionality as well as
access to published reports in XML, CSV, BBF, HTML, Tab Delimited and PDF.
Pricing ranges from $50,000-$120,000 (server-side components, up to 100 client
Hummingbird BI -- Connectivity to XML data via ODBC drivers; ability to
integrate info from multiple sources via XML into reports, tables, charts and
maps. Pricing varies according to number of seats and functionality.
Redwood City, Calif.
Informatica PowerAnalyzer -- Ability to import/export object definitions via
XML format. Pricing starts at $50,000
Information Builders Inc.
New York, N.Y.
WebFocus -- Can read XML as input and generate output in XML format, which
can be sent to an end user or another app. Pricing starts at around $15,000.
StatServer and Analytics Serve -- Web-based deployment of data analysis
and visualization. Pricing starts at $30,000 for single CPU, unlimited
MicroStrategy Web Universal and MicroStrategy SDK -- Uses XML natively for
all API communications, allowing all MicroStrategy BI functionality to be
exposed through Web services. Pricing forWeb Universal starts at $370 per user
or $30,000/CPU; SDK is $4,995/developer.
SQL Power Group Inc.
Power*Dashboard -- Web-enables the process of management reporting and key
performance indicator tracking. Pricing starts at $39,000
Targit Analysis 2K2 -- Can pick up any XML file, put it into a SQL server and
then analyze/report off that. Price is $20,000.
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