Despite the slowing economy and tighter information technology budgets, companies still have a pent-up demand for more online analytical processing (OLAP) tools, according to new research from

“Despite the remarkable fact that organizations typically have two licensed but unused seats for every three they have deployed, most people still said they planned to purchase more seats in the future — though the current economic slowdown might put those plans on hold,” says Nigel Pendse, OLAP expert and author of The OLAP Survey. “And although cost was often cited as a deterrent, over 80 percent of organizations would like to deploy their OLAP solutions more widely.”

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