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SwiftKnowledge Updates Web Based Business Intelligence, Analytics Technology

New version emphasizes structured, unstructured data integration

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SwiftKnowledge LLC has released Version 9 of its Web-based BI and business analytics technology. Version 9 highlights include a new user interface and dashboard/report layout designer for greater flexibility, finer security granularity, and streamlined report and dashboard creation as well as new content search capabilities to quickly identify and locate relevant information. The update integrates structured and unstructured data, including Web pages, Web 2.0 content and YouTube videos, a byproduct of SwiftKnowledge’s acquisition by Stellent founder Robert Olson in 2009.

“SwiftKnowledge gives users a 100 percent Web-based platform that includes Web authoring, Web access and Web administration,” said Matt Connon, chief operations officer for SwiftKnowledge. “Many Web-based BI applications still require client-side software downloads or plug-ins, so they aren’t truly 100 percent Web-based. This approach may be adequate in a legacy BI environment where only a limited number of select power users or business analysts use the application, but it quickly becomes unwieldy and a maintenance nightmare when deployed out to a wide audience of users or mobile devices. SwiftKnowledge overcomes this hurdle by offering a BI application that is 100 percent Web-based -- we require zero client-side downloads because all of our technology is completely browser-based.”

SwiftKnowledge Version 9 leverages a Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services data infrastructure to power BI applications that deliver ad-hoc analysis to users in Web time via a zero-footprint Web deployment. With SwiftKnowledge, technical report writers or business analysts as well as non-technical, frontline users can securely access unified information that may be located across multiple repositories and data systems. They then can easily configure custom analytical views, threshold-driven alerts, and visually appealing executive dashboards that simplify their unique reporting and analysis needs with minimal IT or developer assistance.

Users can easily share configurable views and analyses they create with other employees without needing additional downloads or software licenses. They also can utilize SwiftKnowledge’s predictive modeling and data mining capabilities to develop BI applications, such as a product recommendation engine based upon customer profiles or a model for understanding the impact of different market variables on financial outcomes.

Version 9 offers a variety of new and expanded functionalities to further extend SwiftKnowledge’s focus on usability: a new user interface featuring a new navigation menu, new dashboard design, and refreshed color palette allows greater flexibility and finer security granularity; a new dashboard and report layout designer streamlines creation; new content search capabilities quickly identify and locate relevant information; tabbed dashboards provide a familiar Web experience, and are easy to create and customize; and a new mashup functionality combines structured data with unstructured content, including web pages, Web 2.0 content and YouTube videos.

SwiftKnowledge Version 9 is available now via traditional software appliance licensing or subscription-based pricing. More information is available at www.swiftknowledge.com.

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