olap4j Announced as First Community-Driven Open Standard in BI
Orlando, FL - Dec 13, 2007 - Pentaho Corp., in collaboration with other vendors and the open source community, today announced the beta delivery of a new specification for interoperability between On-Line Analytical Processing (OLAP) clients and servers. The standard has been community-driven, and provides a comprehensive, vendor-neutral, open source specification for accessing OLAP data from within Java applications.
While usable standards already exist for .NET interfaces and Web Services interfaces to OLAP, no Java-based standard has achieved critical mass to become widely adopted and to evolve through multiple versions. olap4j introduces a java-based standard, developed via multi-vendor and community collaboration to streamline application development, and enhance application interoperability.
"This is a great example of how open source collaboration can benefit customers and open source companies alike," said Kristian Raue, CEO at Jedox.
Jaspersoft, Jedox, LucidEra, Pentaho, Tensegrity and others provided feedback on the direction, design, and implementation of the olap4j standard.
"Vendor-neutral standards like olap4j give user organizations more flexibility and choice," said Julian Hyde, Chief Architect for OLAP at Pentaho. "Furthermore, it reduces barriers to entry for new entrants, and allows open source communities to focus more on functional enhancements and innovation, rather than interoperability."
Interested users and contributors are invited to learn more and participate at www.olap4j.org.
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