Simba Technologies Inc.

Simba Technologies Inc.

November 19, 2008 12:54 ET

Simba Technologies to Showcase Native Microsoft® Excel® 2007 Connectivity to Oracle® OLAP 11g at BIWA Summit 2008

Simba Demonstration Will Highlight Enhanced Microsoft Excel 2007 Pivot Tables Functionality Connecting to Oracle

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2008) - Simba Technologies Inc., industry's choice for standards-based relational and multi-dimensional data connectivity, announced today that it will demonstrate native Microsoft® Excel® 2007 connectivity to Oracle® OLAP 11g at the Business Intelligence Warehousing and Analytics (BIWA) Summit at Oracle World Headquarters on December 2-3, 2008. Excel 2007 connectivity for Oracle, 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 and SAP NetWeaver® BI.

"Microsoft continues to add business intelligence and OLAP functionality to Excel," said Amyn Rajan, Simba's CEO who will be attending the event. "Native Excel 2007 connectivity to Oracle enables Oracle customers to perform ad hoc query and analysis and take full advantage of all the latest BI and OLAP functionality within Excel."

With native connectivity, Oracle customers can easily and directly connect the latest version of Microsoft Excel to Oracle data cubes to gain advanced analytics. Simba's MDX 2005 Query Language technology, upon which the connectivity is based, is compliant with the latest MDX enhancements from Microsoft.

"The MDX 2005 Query Language is the key to gaining functionality with all the latest OLAP business intelligence and analytics applications like Excel 2007. This is a big win for both Oracle and Microsoft customers," added Rajan.

With direct Microsoft Excel 2007 connectivity to Oracle OLAP 11g, Oracle customers can upgrade to Microsoft's latest Excel version to take advantage of its enhanced dimensional and analytics capabilities.

Simba's BIWA Summit 2008 demonstrations will show IT/Oracle Administrators and Business Analysts how they can streamline, directly connect to and analyze their Oracle data from current OLAP tools like Excel. Simba will preview a new MDX 2005 Query Language provider that enables direct connectivity to Oracle OLAP 11g, enabling access and advanced functionality within applications like Excel 2007 Pivot Tables.

Simba representatives will be at the conference to provide demonstrations of native Excel 2007 connectivity to Oracle OLAP 11g. Simba, a BIWA Summit 2008 Gold Sponsor, will also present a conference session on December 2nd, highlighting functionality in Microsoft Excel 2007 Pivot Tables and explaining MDX 2005 Query Language connectivity options for Oracle OLAP for enhanced business intelligence. Simba will also demonstrate ad hoc query and reporting capabilities of Excel 2007 against Oracle OLAP.

"We're excited to have Simba involved in BIWA Summit 2008 and present new, simplified solutions for connecting popular applications like Excel to Oracle," said Dan Vlamis, Conference Chair for BIWA Summit 2008. "We are excited that they have chosen BIWA Summit 2008 to debut new technology."

About BIWA and the BIWA Summit 2008

The Oracle Business Intelligence, Warehousing and Analytics Special Interest Group (BIWA) is part of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG). BIWA has over 1500 members worldwide. The group holds webcasts on Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing and Analytics topics. For more information on BIWA, visit

BIWA Summit 2008 enables members to learn from and network with hundreds of other Business Intelligence, Warehousing and Analytics specialists, a uniquely valuable environment that cannot be duplicated by less-focused conferences. The first BIWA Summit in October 2007 drew over 300 participants and provided over 40 technical sessions. BIWA Summit 2008 will be at Oracle World Headquarters in California in December 2008. For event registration and information, visit

About Simba Technologies Inc.

Simba Technologies Inc. ( 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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Contact Information

  • Simba Technologies Inc.
    Jay Elliott
    (604) 633-0008x106
    Email: media(at)