Hyperion, a global leader in business performance management software, and SPSS Inc., a leading global provider of predictive analytics technology and services, have signed a new OEM agreement extending their partnership to provide business intelligence tools to users of the IBM eServer iSeries (AS/400) computing platform. Under the terms of the agreement, SPSS will continue to port Hyperion Analyzer and Hyperion Essbase to the IBM iSeries platform as part of its ShowCase Suite, a business intelligence solution for the IBM iSeries.

"The Hyperion and SPSS strategic partnership enables iSeries customers to leverage the most powerful and highly scalable real-time enterprise analytic infrastructure available for both financial and line of business users," says Rich Clayton, vice president of product marketing at Hyperion. "By combining these capabilities with SPSS' expertise in predictive analytics, iSeries users gain a greater understanding of their present business performance and a deeper insight into what is likely to happen in the future so they can anticipate and take effective action."

Hyperion Essbase, the first enterprise-class, real-time analytic infrastructure to meet the data scalability and response time needs of the most demanding enterprise analytic applications, and Hyperion Analyzer, a Web-based interactive analysis and reporting solution, have been components of the ShowCase Suite since 1996. The ShowCase Suite supports a wide range of business activities, including analytical customer relationship management (CRM), budgeting and financial reporting, sales analysis, campaign management, merchandise planning, and supply chain analytics. These analytical technologies help organizations running iSeries applications leverage the strengths of the platform while providing best of breed analytical capabilities.

SPSS is planning on launching its new version of the Showcase Suite in March 2005. This new version is based on Hyperion's recently released Essbase 7X platform, which includes breakthrough performance and scalability made possible by its new aggregate storage option. Essbase 7X also offers a new innovative visualization tool - Hyperion Visual Explorer - the industry's first visual spreadsheet that enables business users to rapidly discover trends, patterns and highlight exceptions in large data sets.

"SPSS is committed to its IBM iSeries customers and the blend of OLAP and query and reporting with SPSS predictive analytics will enable them to better manage and optimize their businesses," says Dyke Hensen, senior vice president of marketing at SPSS. "Hyperion Essbase 7X is a significant release that will enable our iSeries customers to extend their use of Essbase, Analyzer and SPSS predictive technology to address extensive CRM and product profitability initiatives. Our iSeries customers will be thrilled with all the possibilities of this new release."

"We began using Essbase in our ShowCase Suite to help with a Y2K solution and it quickly evolved into a tool that has added dollars to the bottom line by changing the way we look at our business. Every facet of our organization, from finance, to operations, to accounting, to merchandising, has been positively affected by the implementation of Essbase in the ShowCase Suite," says Sandy Strube, financial analysis manager at Modesto, Calif.-based SaveMart Supermarkets. "I'm excited about the new features coming out in the next version of the ShowCase Suite, and I'm looking forward to being able to roll out additional applications that provide even greater insight into the business."

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