Does Microsoft plan to release a client tool for its OLAP server, or do they let third-party vendors do the job with the intent to focus on the server side only?
Douglas Hackney's Answer: MSFT currently provides access to OLAP services primarily via XL, although you can also gain access via Access and through any application built in its development languages, i.e. visual basic. MSFT will be expanding this access capability, specifically via thin client, in the upcoming update release of the product. At the current time, third-party products provide more capability and ability to leverage the power of the OLAP services engine. I expect this to disparity in capability to disappear as we move forward.
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