Applix, Inc. (Nasdaq: APLX), a global provider of business intelligence (BI) and business performance management (BPM) solutions, announced its has received certification for the integration of its flagship BI tool, TM1, with SAP Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW), the core component of SAP Business Intelligence (SAP BI), itself a component of the SAP NetWeaver platform. This integration and certification enables SAP BW customers to easily include TM1 in their enterprise resource planning (ERP) and BI solutions for even faster analytics and easier-to-use planning, budgeting, reporting and performance management capabilities.
The TM1 platform, complementary to SAP BW, is known for helping enterprises achieve a high level of their business goals by:
- Delivering greater performance through faster query, load and recalculate times;
- Providing tools -- on a single platform -- for budgeting, business planning and modeling and reporting;
- Offering users a familiar and easy environment in which to work - Microsoft Excel and Excel via the Web.
"Large enterprise data warehouses, such as SAP BW, can be a 'treasure trove' of operational and transactional information for global ERP customers," said John Van Decker, senior vice president at META Group, a leading provider of IT research, advisory services and strategic consulting. "Complementary third-party business performance management tools for accessing and analyzing this information can help these companies to more accurately and consistently plan for and manage their businesses."
With SAP BW providing the critical business information, TM1 enables users to quickly build powerful models with minimal demands on IT resources. These models are used easily by financial analysts, line of business managers and executives through TM1's use of Excel.
SAP BW and SAP Business Explorer Analyzer (the Excel reporting and analytics capability of SAP BI) deliver the bulk of information - from historical to current, static to transactional - and TM1 delivers flexible and easy-to-use report designs. Additionally, since TM1 provides a "single version of the truth," it offers users the ability to view and change information, upon permission, and records the stored information. TM1 delivers a direct connection to ERP and general ledger resources for timely access to data. TM1 also provides a built-in audit trail of changes made to the data.
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