Acta Technology Helps Add Business Intelligence Capabilities to Major ERP Vendors

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Event Summary

"Montreal, Quebec--December 14, 1999 - Sand Technology Systems International Inc. (NASDAQ: SNDT), a leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, announced today that it is partnering with Acta Technology, Inc. (Acta) to provide guaranteed and cost-effective BI results for users of SAP R/3. Acta is a leading provider of data warehousing solutions for both internal decision support and business-to-business eCommerce. SAP R/3 is the widely implemented ERP (enterprise resource planning) system from SAP (NYSE: SAP). Both Sand and Acta will be featuring the Nucleus RapidMarts as preferred solutions for the increasing numbers of customers seeking effective ways to handle BI applications with SAP. Using the power of Sand Technology's Nucleus Exploration, Acta's RapidMarts,a suite of packaged data marts for analysis in specific business areas, can be quickly implemented without ABAP programmers and without the extensive expertise and hardware typically required for SAP BI implementations. Using Nucleus, RapidMarts also allow for the full integration of decision support applications involving both SAP and non-SAP data. The Nucleus-powered RapidMarts are available for a broad range of SAP applications, including Cost Analysis, Sales Analysis, Human Resources, Inventory Management, and Account Analysis. RapidMarts are powered by ActaWorks, Acta's award-winning extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) platform (DBMS Magazine: Editor's Choice)."

Market Impact

As customers increasingly realize how difficult it is to extract value from the data in their ERP systems, the need for products that can move this information into integrated, enterprise-wide data warehouses and tighter-focus data marts has become increasingly evident. Acta has specialized in the Extract/Transform/Load (ETL) of data from ERP databases for 5 years, and has active alliances with SAP and PeopleSoft. Acta's SAP BW (Business Information Warehouse) interface has also been certified by SAP. Sand Technology's vertical focus should allow a tight integration between the products.

User Recommendations

Customers considering data warehouses or data marts with a tight vertical focus on enterprise resource planning should definitely consider Acta and Sand's technology collaboration on a short list of vendor offerings. The stated lack of need for ABAP (SAP's proprietary fourth-generation language) programmers is also a major positive. Before any decision is made, both vendors should be closely questioned on the level of integration between the products, and how tightly their code bases are aligned. Sand and Acta have stated that they will provide "guaranteed and cost-effective BI results for users of SAP R/3", and should be asked to give this guarantee in writing.

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