Brio is not just a name for this Silicon Valley provider of business intelligence solutions for data warehouse environments. It's an incorporation of the attitudes and enthusiasm of the founders--Katherine L. Glassey and Yorgen H. Edholm--and it permeates every facet of the organization.

Established in 1984, Brio Technology originally began as a consulting company. They entered the business intelligence software market with Data Prism which was released in 1990. Edholm, president and chief executive officer, says, "It was one of the first query tools, and then in 1991 we came out with the industry's first OLAP tool--Data Pivot." Glassey, executive vice president, quickly adds, "I actually think our friends at Cognos would argue about the 'first.' We didn't know about them, and they didn't know about us. So each of us can, I guess, legitimately claim to be the first that we knew of in the desktop OLAP space." Edholm continues, "Everybody was telling us in the early nineties that the query tool space would evaporate, so we also entered the RAD space in 1992 with a forms tool called Data Edit. But as the query tool business started to take off, we decided to make that our focus. And we have never looked back!" Glassey elaborates on that decision by adding, "People started buying query tools in larger and larger quantities. And then data warehousing developedwithin a year or two after that. And now it's a billion dollar market."

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