New Capabilities to be Showcased at Gartner's Business Intelligence Summit and CeBIT
WESTBOROUGH, Mass., March 8 / -- Applix, Inc. (NASDAQ:APLX), a global provider of Business Performance Management (BPM) and Business Intelligence (BI) applications, is unveiling new features in its flagship application, TM1®. TM1 offers greater access to and interoperability with data in SAP and SAP Business Information Warehouse (BW). The new features, including those announced in other press releases this week (http://www.applix.com/), will be showcased at this week's Gartner BI Summit (booth #BB) in Chicago and at CeBIT (Hall 3, booth #C45) in Hanover, Germany.
"Applix TM1 is used by global companies for performing planned and ad hoc analysis, and for reporting on financial and operational information," said David Menninger, Applix vice president, worldwide product management and marketing. "Much of the raw data vital to this analysis and the corresponding decision-making process is generated by and stored in SAP applications. We've greatly enhanced our integration with SAP BW in order to give more functionality to our customers."
Applix Teams with syskoplan
Applix TM1 is already SAP certified and previously provided access to SAP information through ODBO interfaces. The new features announced today have been developed in conjunction with syskoplan AG, a systems integrator and consultancy headquartered in Gutersloh, Germany. Connecting via native SAP interfaces allows for significant amounts of data to be transported rapidly from SAP BW to TM1 where users can take advantage of TM1's flexible reporting, "what if" analysis, budgeting, planning and forecasting capabilities.
syskoplan AG specializes in business intelligence, customer relationship management, and supply chain solutions for SAP customers. In 2005, syskoplan was named by SAP as one of its exclusive NetWeaver Special Expertise Partners, one of many certifications and alliances syskoplan has with SAP.
"For our customers we clearly see a need for very flexible reporting solutions for business intelligence power users, as well as for flexible, high performance planning and business modeling capabilities," said Thomas Greutmann, senior vice president of syskoplan AG. "We are convinced that a combination of Applix and SAP BW is ideally suited to meet that demand, especially for customers that follow an SAP IT strategy. It offers end users additional high-end analytics capabilities while leveraging -- and even expanding -- investments into an SAP data warehouse infrastructure."
Applix customers worldwide are finding TM1 brings more value to their existing SAP applications. With TM1, organizations can perform rapid ad hoc query and reporting on SAP data, unlocking raw data vital to enterprise-wide performance management activities. Some examples include:
o A cargo airline uses TM1 with SAP for reporting, passenger cost center
accounting and revenue management. The information extracted from SAP
and analyzed in TM1 facilitates customer planning, customer
profitability analysis, freight letter analysis, point-to-point parcel
optimization and scheduling;
o A beverage manufacturer and retailer gets 'right time' updates from SAP
and analyzes the data in TM1 for product and packaging profitability
analysis, sales trends by packaging and distribution trends analysis for
shelf and packaging optimization; and
o A worldwide film and digital camera equipment manufacturer relies on TM1
for its planning, reporting and performance analysis. The operational
information is extracted from an SAP cost accounting system and TM1 is
used to manage rolling forecasts and align actuals with performance
Applix's TM1 is a unified application, delivering business planning, budgeting, reporting and analytics for powering strategic analysis of financial, operational, transactional and other business data. The annual BPM Partners "Beyond the Hype" Webcast (http://www.bpmpartners.com/events_webinars.shtml) for 2006 recognized that Applix TM1 application customers had the highest level of satisfaction of any of the leading BPM solutions, suites, tools and vendors. The OLAP Survey 5 gave TM1 the highest marks for speed of query, deployment, and data load and precalculation, as well as the highest ranking for overall business benefits achieved and the lowest number of technical problems. Customers using TM1-based applications have won industry awards from several leading publications, including Start Magazine and Business Finance Magazine.
Applix (NASDAQ:APLX) is a global provider of Business Performance Management and Business Intelligence applications, based on Applix's TM1. TM1 applications enable continuous strategic planning, management and monitoring of performance across the financial and operational functions within the enterprise. Applix is a founder of the BPM Standards Group (http://bpmstandardsgroup.org/), and has been recognized by numerous industry analyst groups for its technical leadership and vision in the marketplace.
More than 2,200 customers worldwide use TM1 for its tight integration with Excel, real-time response, adaptability, and low total cost of ownership. Delivered by Applix and by a global network of partners, TM1-based applications help customers manage their business performance and respond to the marketplace in real time. Headquartered in Westborough, MA, Applix maintains offices in four countries in Europe, North America and the Pacific Rim. For more information about Applix, please visit http://www.applix.com/.
CONTACT: Charlotte Locke of Applix, +1-508-475-2441, email@example.com;
or Kelley Kassa of Davies Murphy for Applix, +1-781-418-2406,
Web site: http://www.applix.com/