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Native Microsoft(R) Excel(R) Connector to Oracle(R) 11g OLAP Option Goes Beta

Simba Technologies Releases Beta MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP for Native Connectivity with Microsoft Excel 2007 Pivot Tables (April 01, 2009)

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/01/09 -- Simba Technologies Inc., industry's choice for standards-based relational and multi-dimensional data connectivity, announced today the beta release of its native Microsoft Excel 2007 connector to Oracle's (NASDAQ: ORCL) Oracle 11g OLAP Option database. The solution, built using Simba's MDX 2005 Query Language technology, provides users with an unprecedented level of access and functionality that is the same as native Excel connectivity to Microsoft Analysis Services or SAP NetWeaver® BW.

"Simba's MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP enables use of powerful, new Excel 2007 Pivot Table functionality to provide live Business Intelligence analysis and presentation capabilities for users," said Amyn Rajan, Simba's CEO. "Simba's MDX Provider will enable Oracle customers to natively access their Oracle cube data, perform ad hoc query and analysis and take full advantage of the latest OLAP and BI functionality within Excel."

With native connectivity, Oracle customers can easily and directly connect Excel to Oracle data cubes to gain advanced analytics without the expense and infrastructure servers required by other solutions.

"Oracle Database OLAP Option has significant performance and functional advantages over non-Oracle rivals," said Raymond Roccaforte, Oracle's Vice President of Data Warehousing and Analytics. "Exposing Oracle OLAP Option's strengths and capabilities to users through native Excel connectivity makes sense because of Excel's prevalence in BI. Simba's deep knowledge of the MDX query language and connectivity to Excel Pivot Tables made them the clear choice to build this native connectivity."


Simba's MDX 2005 technology, upon which the connectivity is based, is compliant with the latest MDX enhancements from Microsoft. Simba's MDX query language capabilities are key to providing interoperability with the latest OLAP business intelligence and analytics applications like Excel 2007.

"The Oracle user community has been eagerly anticipating the release of Simba's native MDX connector for Excel 2007 since the technology was debuted at BIWA Summit 2008 this past December," said Dan Vlamis, President of Vlamis Software and BIWA Summit 2008 Conference Chair. "We have seen great interest for an Excel connector to provide easy, ad hoc query and BI analysis to Oracle OLAP data. For some people, pivottable access defines multi-dimensional access to data. Excel is on every desktop, and Oracle's database is the leader. Simba's solution brings them together."

About the Beta Program and How to Get the Software

The MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP Beta Program will run from April 1st to April 30th, 2009. Beta participants will be able to download the MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP from Simba's website upon completion of the Beta Program enrollment form. Simba will offer technical support for the duration of the Program. Participants must be running Oracle 11g OLAP Option (r1.07 or later). Simba will be collecting product feedback. For more information about the MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP or the Beta Program, visit http://www.simba.com/MDX-Provider-for-Oracle-OLAP.htm.

About Simba Technologies Inc.

Simba Technologies Inc. (http://www.simba.com) is the recognized world leader in standards-based data access products, solutions and services for both relational and multi-dimensional data sources. Simba delivers data connectivity and interoperability solutions to many of the world's leading companies on various platforms, including Windows, Mac, UNIX and Linux. Simba's best-in-class products support multiple interfaces, including ODBC, JDBC, OLE DB, OLE DB for OLAP (ODBO), XML for Analysis (XMLA), ADO, ADO.NET, ADOMD, and ADOMD.NET.

Simba's software is used worldwide. Its customers include leading independent software vendors and global enterprises like Oracle®, Microsoft®, Infor® and SAP® AG.

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Contacts:
Simba Technologies Inc.
Jay Elliott
(604) 633-0008 x106
Email: media@simba.com
Website: www.simba.com


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