Razza Solutions, a Texas-based enterprise software firm, announced the official launch of RazzaDS NTier, the company's Web-based hierarchy manager. An enterprise-caliber extension of RazzaDS 2Tier, NTier is interoperable with every reporting tool and database on the market, and is scalable to thousands of users across any number of disparate platforms.

RazzaDS NTier serves as a comprehensive master data management environment, allowing organizations to centralize and harmonize their reporting processes. Non-technical business users are able to manage their own information hierarchies without jeopardizing system integrity or stability thanks to real-time enforcement of business rules. Complete versioning allows administrators to roll back the entire reporting structure to any point in the past, providing both increased stability (backup plans) as well as greater analytical capabilities (version-over-version analyses).

In most organizations today, changes to reference data or reporting structures originate from individuals in business units through such informal means as telephone calls, emails and face-to-face conversations. Specialized IT professionals must then implement those changes manually. This time- and resource-intensive process makes comprehensive documentation virtually impossible. Furthermore, changes take time to implement and are difficult to troubleshoot without a thorough audit log of who changed what and when.

RazzaDS NTier enables a centralized, transparent, largely automated process for modifying reporting hierarchies. Multiple views of the same hierarchies are possible because RazzaDS houses all business rules, hierarchies, dimensions, mappings and namings within the same multidimensional repository. Validation and verification processes ensure that business rules are enforced, thus ensuring stability while enabling flexibility. A complete audit log captures every change made, including the author and exact time the change was implemented.

Through a Web-based application program interface (API), RazzaDS NTier can be integrated into any automated maintenance process - including workflow, scheduled data mart or OLAP builds, data warehouse and metadata repository feeds. RazzaDS is unique in its ability to manage hierarchical reference data - data in which individual elements share properties of and are related to other data elements. Typical applications include managing chart of accounts, cost center rollups, product structures, customer relationships, and other reference data mappings such as old G/L account to new G/L account. Because of its flexibility and configurability, RazzaDS can manage any type of relationship between reference data entities.

Benefits of using Razza's 2Tier Dimension Server have included: shorter close cycles due to automation of previously manual business processes; greater accuracy of reference data, resulting in better overall data quality; clearer visibility into corporate wisdom throughout the enterprise; increased involvement of non-technical business users (who are the source of institutional knowledge); improved flexibility thanks to the ability to create complex what-if analyses; better change communication through email alerts and the publishing of hierarchy changes across departments and systems.

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