Panorama Unveils its latest version of Panorama Analytics For Google Apps, Giving Microsoft Excel Users Even Easier-To-Use Business Intelligence Tools

New Version of Free solution for Google Apps provides native Excel support; Other Features Include Website/Blog Embedding; Customized Formulas

TORONTO, ON – (January 13th, 2009) – Panorama Software, a global leader in Proactive Business Intelligence solutions, today released a new version of Panorama Analytics for Google Apps, its free analytics solution for Google Apps. By enabling native Excel and other files to load directly into the application, Panorama’s new version gives Excel spreadsheet users an even easier-to-use and more collaborative alternative to the analytics tools in Excel.

Panorama Analytics for Google Apps, powered by Panorama’s comprehensive set of powerful and intuitive BI technologies, is ideal for business and consumer data analysis, reporting, visualization and dashboarding.  As part of the free Google Docs or the enterprise edition  Google Apps, anyone can use Panorama Analytics for Google Apps to process spreadsheets from any source. Users can perform analysis on their excel data to identify interesting and powerful insights off of the data in new “Google like” ways.

The new version of Panorama’s analytics solution adds a number of new features and capabilities to an already impressive list.  Updates include:

  • Native Excel and .CSV Support.  Panorama Analytics for Google Apps users can now upload Excel files as well as CSV (Comma Separated Values, the file format often used in line-of-business applications) files directly into Panorama Analytics, without having to upload into Google Spreadsheets first.
  • User-Defined Formulas.  Panorama Analytics for Google Apps now allows users to create formulas—or select from a list of pre-defined formulas—and insert them for faster processing of the data.
  • Gadget Embedding.  Similar to the way YouTube videos can be embedded in websites and blogs, this unique and innovative capability lets users upload data and embed their interactive charts and tables into Web pages, blogs and other forms of online communication. The embedded material can be made totally interactive, enabling readers to do their own analysis on-the-fly giving a new experience for sharing data on the web.
  • Interactive Help.  Panorama Analytics for Google Apps introduces interactive tips and explanations that explain the functions of the solution—a convenient way to maximize the value of Google Docs and the free BI application.

“Although Microsoft Excel offers analytics, only a fraction of all Excel users take advantage of them due to their complexity, the lack of collaboration and the lack of web technology support.  Panorama Analytics for Google Apps not only makes spreadsheet analytics easy for the average person, but also makes them available via any Web browser in a format that supports collaboration,” said Oudi Antebi, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Panorama Software.  “The new capabilities in our updated version of Panorama Analytics for Google Apps adds to the convenience, flexibility and usability of this extremely popular product.”

Advertising Model

Also debuting in the new version of Panorama Analytics for Google Apps are context-sensitive ads that will help sustain and improve the free service in the future.  “The features in Panorama Analytics for Google Apps compare favorably to commercial applications costing between $500 and $1,000 per user.  By accepting advertising and insisting it be made available in a desirable, non-intrusive fashion, a new business model is in place that will actually help us find and fund exciting features that will be of value to our users in the future,” said Antebi.

Additional information about Panorama’s full range of BI solutions can be found at www.panorama.com.

About Panorama Software:

Panorama Software empowers individuals and global organizations with the ability to rapidly analyze data, identify trends, maximize business opportunities and improve corporate performance and results through a complete SaaS and on-premise BI solution.

Panorama® NovaView™, the company’s flagship solution, amplifies the impact of the information worker through a tightly integrated and complete suite of ‘on-premise’ analysis, reporting, scorecard, dashboard and data modeling applications that support the two  leading data platforms, SAP (NYSE: SAP) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT).

Panorama’s solution for Google Apps empowers individuals and enterprises with the most intuitive and accessible SaaS-based BI solution.

Founded in 1993, Panorama is a leading innovator in Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) and Multidimensional Expressions (MDX). Panorama sold its OLAP technology to Microsoft Corporation in 1996; the technology was rebranded as SQL ServerTM Analysis Services and integrated into the SQL ServerTM platform.  Panorama supports over 1,000 customers worldwide in industries such as financial services, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, telecommunications and life sciences.  Panorama has a wide eco-system of partners in 30 countries, and maintains offices throughout North America, EMEA and Asia. More information is available at www.panorama.com.

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