PLATFORMS: The Aperio 2.0 runs on an HP UNIX server supporting Netscape or Internet Explorer browsers running on Windows 95, Windows 3.1 and Windows NT client PCs. No plug-ins are required. BACKGROUND: AlliedSignal is a global manufacturing company that manufactures automotive, aerospace and engineered products. The Turbocharging Systems Group is the largest manufacturer of turbochargers for cars and trucks in the world.

PROBLEM SOLVED: AlliedSignal needed to improve their global inventory-management efficiency. They required a simple, flexible and scalable analysis and information sharing front end that would support global plant managers and business analysts analyzing inventory at a dozen different worldwide manufacturing plants. Inventory snapshots extracted from legacy systems at remote plants were consolidated, cleansed and loaded into a data warehouse running an Oracle RDBMS. The global deployment of the analytical capabilities required a Web-based, thin-client architecture and powerful yet simple-to-use OLAP functionality.

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