SPSS Inc., a provider of predictive analytics, announced the immediate availability of the ShowCase Suite 6.5 (formerly ShowCase STRATEGY), the newest version of the Company's end-to-end business intelligence solution for organizations that use the IBM eServer iSeries (AS/400). This latest release, which includes significant upgrades and enhancements to three components of the ShowCase Suite – Enterprise Reporting, Analyzer and Essbase – focuses on enabling organizations to deliver analytics to enterprise users through a Web browser, and to provide them with tools to explore and visualize business data in greater detail.

ShowCase Enterprise Reporting 6.5, which provides organizations with a secure, efficient method of creating, modifying and distributing reports through a Web browser, features a new Report Designer that enables users to customize their queries directly from a Web browser. The resulting reports can be outputted as HTML, PDF or Microsoft Excel documents. This new version of Enterprise Reporting also adds the ability to automatically notify key groups or people, or automate distribution of the reports via e-mail, when new information is published.

Now completely Web-enabled, the latest version of ShowCase Analyzer (version 6.21) makes it easier to explore and visualize data at any level of detail at any point within an organization. The latest release also provides enhanced analytic capabilities that enable users to rank, filter and sort data, analyze it from a variety of perspectives, and identify the variances and exceptions. Additionally, ShowCase Analyzer provides a more streamlined interface for designing powerful reports using a Web browser.

The latest version of ShowCase Essbase (version 6.51), which is based on Hyperion's industry leading online analytical processing (OLAP) technology, enables users to analyze relational data as if it were in a multidimensional cube. By making the analytic capabilities of the solution more flexible, users can access greater detail when analyzing their data and create new applications more quickly and cost effectively.

In addition to Enterprise Reporting, Analyzer and Essbase, the ShowCase Suite includes Warehouse Builder, which supports the consolidation of information from multiple sources into centralized relational or multidimensional databases; Warehouse Manager, which helps an organization's IT staff manage critical information with a minimum of time and resources; Report Writer for creating and formatting reports to print or e-mail; and the Query component, which gives users secure access to the company's databases from a variety of platforms and sources.

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