San Jose, Calif., June 27, 2000 – Business Objects, a leading provider of e- business intelligence (e-BI) solutions, unveiled a new strategy for accessing online analytical processing (OLAP) servers. In April 2000, Business Objects acquired OLAP@Work, a Canadian-based developer of high-end OLAP reporting tools. Business Objects is now using this acquired technology as the cornerstone of their strategy to deliver a new interface to OLAP data sources such as Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 OLAP Services and increased OLAP functionality for end users.

The first step of the enhanced OLAP strategy from Business Objects is the announcement of a new product, BusinessObjects MDX Connect, an interface to Microsoft's robust OLAP Server and the first product to result from the company's acquisition of OLAP@Work. BusinessObjects MDX Connect will provide an easy-to-use, powerful and integrated interface to Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 OLAP Services.

With BusinessObjects MDX Connect, users can meet their enterprise reporting needs by combining both multidimensional and relational data sources all within the same BusinessObjects report. BusinessObjects MDX Connect is based on the existing OLAP@Work technology, designed specifically for accessing Microsoft's OLAP Server. With the acquisition of OLAP@Work, Business Objects has ensured that users get not only the technology, but also the development skills and relationship with Microsoft that was inherent in the OLAP@Work offering.

BusinessObjects MDX Connect is currently in beta, with general availability expected in 3Q00. For more information, please visit

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