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Endeca Latitude Expands Agile BI’s Reach Across the Enterprise

Helps enterprise IT be more agile, accelerate delivery of agile BI solutions.

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Endeca Technologies, Inc., an agile information management software company, has released Endeca Latitude 2, an update to its enterprise agile business intelligence (BI) platform. Latitude 2 helps large enterprises increasing the agility of IT and accelerate the delivery of agile BI solutions that integrate diverse data sets, including blending of structured enterprise data with unstructured content (such as information from social media sites).

Agile BI targets “big-data” challenges facing businesses today: greater data variety, more change, and more users asking unanticipated questions that directly affect business performance. Interactive analytic applications, which are characteristic of agile BI, are transforming the BI market. Likewise, Latitude is transforming business processes at many of the world’s most respected organizations. For example, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc., took an enterprise approach that allowed IT and business users to rapidly collaborate on analytic application development. They used Endeca Latitude to develop an application for one-fifth the cost and time of typical data warehouse/reporting solutions, enabling the company to respond to the need for greater visibility into a wide variety of information that encompassed more than 75 dimensions of interest.

Latitude 2 introduces new technology in the Endeca MDEX Engine as well as key capabilities that accelerate the time to deploy agile BI solutions, including:

  • Increased query performance: The new version enables interactivity on bigger data sets and more complex analytics. Latitude 2 introduces a new analytical core designed for intra-query parallelism that fully utilizes today’s multi-core processors. This capability builds on Latitude’s pre-existing inter-query parallelism that can support thousands of concurrent users.

  • Real-time analytics over diverse and changing data: Latitude now supports real-time, data-driven schema changes which allows its faceted data model to instantly update at run-time as new information is added to Latitude with no IT intervention to reflect changes in the data sources, data attributes, and settings.

  • Industry-standard ETL integration: Users can leverage previous IT investments with Latitude’s newly enhanced open Web services API that streamlines the loading of data into Latitude from industry-standard ETL products, including Informatica, Hadoop, and SOA-based services.

  • A semantic layer foundation: Latitude 2 introduces the foundation for a next-generation semantic interface unlike the legacy semantic approaches of the past. This capability will further help strike a balance between the authority requirements of IT and the flexibility and control desired by business users. Included in this release are tools for business users to identify and group data elements and tools for IT to manage applications.

Endeca Latitude 2 is generally available today. More information is available at www.endeca.com.

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