SOURCE: Cambridge Semantics

June 21, 2010 09:37 ET

Cambridge Semantics Announces the Release of Anzo 2.0

New Usability Features Coupled With Improved Performance and Scalability Deliver the Self-Service Data Capabilities Business Users Require

BOSTON, MA and SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 21, 2010) -  Cambridge Semantics ( today announced the 2.0 release of its Anzo platform. Anzo, a semantic technology application development suite, provides business users the ability to discover, integrate, analyze and report on information contained within the enterprise without reliance on IT. Driven by customer requests, the new release delivers key usability features including read/write reporting, form automation and improved access control management. In addition, significant enhancements to scale have been introduced to improve the available storage by two orders of magnitude while maintaining the interactive performance customers need and will require in the future.

Visit Cambridge Semantics at the Semantic Technology Conference ( this week at booth # 202 to learn more about how enterprise customers use the Anzo platform.

Studiesi have shown that of the time Excel is used, 74 percent of the activity is spent retrieving data from multiple sources for reporting purposes. By using Anzo's "semantic fabric," the new release enables customers to bring data directly from a variety of data sources into Excel spreadsheets. This helps business users minimize costly errors associated with manual data entry while dramatically lowering the cost of compliance associated with spreadsheet data. Valuable information locked in Excel spreadsheets and other tools outside of IT's reach can now be leveraged for immediate business use as non-technical users have the opportunity to self-service their most pressing data needs.

Product Highlights:

  • Anzo Collaboration Server:
    • Scalability improved by two orders of magnitude, bolstered by new, purpose-built data storage infrastructure.
    • Dramatically simplified security administration when entity- and document-level access control is required.
  • Anzo on the Web
    • Read/write reporting, enabling business users to create data entry and correction forms, to not only report and analyze data, but also edit it in real-time.
    • Expanded browser support to include the latest Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari releases.
  • Anzo for Excel
    • Spreadsheet form automation, enabling linked data within a spreadsheet to be populated on a user-by-user basis and present individualized views of information.
    • Over two dozen additional usability enhancements based on customer feedback and requirements.

Anzo for Excel
Anzo for Excel helps users access, share and manage data that is otherwise locked away in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. Deployed as an Excel plug-in, users can immediately begin to associate spreadsheet data with data definitions that they create themselves on the fly using familiar Windows®-style wizards and pick lists. That data can instantly be shared and consumed by other applications.

Coupled with the automated form filler feature, users can avoid errors associated with manually copying and pasting data from backend systems. As the data is updated in the spreadsheet or in the backend applications, Anzo ensures that the information stays in sync and is secure, integrating with corporate security systems, including LDAP and ActiveDirectory.

Anzo for the Web
Anzo on the Web allows any user to generate customized views of data combined from multiple sources that are connected to the Anzo semantic fabric. Sophisticated analytic views can be easily created, saved, reused and distributed to other users across the enterprise with new read/write capabilities. In addition, filter functionality gives users the ability to create innovative insights into enterprise data by simply selecting the attributes they are interested in and letting Anzo fill in the data and keep it up to date. Together with Anzo for Excel, customers can self-service their own data aggregation and reporting needs without requiring lengthy, expensive, formalized IT projects, while at the same time providing automatic backup and revision control.

"Despite the investment companies have made in data management applications, today's knowledge worker still needs better access to information. By focusing on these non-technical users within the enterprise, we have been able to incorporate the most highly requested features into this new release empowering our customers with data and insight they didn't know they had," said Emmett Eldred, CEO of Cambridge Semantics. "Anzo puts business back in the driver's seat by making data available when and where it is needed."

About Cambridge Semantics
Cambridge Semantic was founded in 2007 and produces the Anzo product suite. Anzo enables non-technical knowledge workers to rapidly create their own solutions to data aggregation, analysis, and reporting problems with minimal IT involvement. Using familiar tools such as Microsoft Excel and web-based reporting, customers can respond to changing business situations involving new kinds of information from new information sources. This includes capturing data outside of traditional corporate IT systems such as spreadsheets and the web, without the need for lengthy and expensive data integration projects.

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i June 2009, TAAB Group, "Spreadsheets and Capital Markets" by Adam Sussman, Cheyenne Morgan

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