Sunnyville, Calif., August 21, 2000 – Hyperion, IBM, Oracle and Sun Microsystems announced plans for a new platform-independent standard for creating, storing, accessing and managing data and meta data in online analytical processing (OLAP) servers. The proposed Java technology-based interface for OLAP (JOLAP) will be developed through the Java Community Process (JCP) program, the community-based process for developing Java technology specifications, reference implementations and compatibility test suites.

JOLAP will be designed to be the OLAP counterpart of the Java database connectivity (JDBC) application programming interface (API) for data managed by relational databases. The Java technology development community will benefit from a single, industry-standard API that makes it possible to create business analysis applications that can be deployed across any JOLAP-compliant OLAP data source. In addition, vendors of OLAP servers supporting the JOLAP standard will be able to use a standard API that will be compatible with a wide range of applications and components running on the Java 2 platform.

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