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We had a couple of the boys from Panorama Software in today to give us a demo of their business intelligence offering.  To be honest, I was expecting to be less than impressed.  In a nutshell, this is a front end to OLAP.  All I have to say is AMAZING!  This product is one of the best applications I have seen.  They provide information in a rich browser that uses DHTML (I believe) so there's no JVM or ActiveX to worry about, they have an Excel plug in, and they can also integrate with SQL Server's new Reporting Services. 

The user interface is extremely well done.  No matter which client you choose, you have the same functionality and it works the same way.  Accessing the different functions was very intuitive making full use of context menus.  You owe it to yourself to check this product out if you are a SQL Server 2000 shop.  You already own DTS and Analysis Services for OLAP, so all you need is the client piece.

I'll post a contact name here as soon as I find the guys card.  It's in a pocket somewhere...

Dave
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posted on Friday, April 16, 2004 11:26 PM

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# re: Panorama - Business Intelligence Software 2/13/2007 1:05 PM Poul Jones
IT LOOKED LIKE your average faux fish, mounted on a faux wood plaque. But when you walked by, the fish would turn its head, open its mouth and start singing, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" or "Take Me to the River." Pure kitsch. And as it turned out, pure gold for the True Value store owners lucky enough to have them in stock. "It was a hit," says Neil Hastie, former CIO of TruServ, a member-owned hardware cooperative of 7,000 or so independent retailers. "We ran out of them." So when the same company came out with a gopher singing "I'm All Right"—remember Caddyshack?—it seemed like a sure bet. "Everyone thinks, 'God, this is the second fish! Let's order the hell out of it.' So we did," Hastie says. "We ended up with truckloads of gophers we couldn't give away."

# re: Panorama - Business Intelligence Software 2/27/2007 2:35 PM Scott Brison
IT LOOKED LIKE your average faux fish, mounted on a faux wood plaque. But when you walked by, the fish would turn its head, open its mouth and start singing, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" or "Take Me to the River." Pure kitsch. And as it turned out, pure gold for the True Value store owners lucky enough to have them in stock. "It was a hit," says Neil Hastie, former CIO of TruServ, a member-owned hardware cooperative of 7,000 or so independent retailers. "We ran out of them." So when the same company came out with a gopher singing "I'm All Right"—remember Caddyshack?—it seemed like a sure bet. "Everyone thinks, 'God, this is the second fish! Let's order the hell out of it.' So we did," Hastie says. "We ended up with truckloads of gophers we couldn't give away."

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