Why I created a blog

Its been four years since I first created this blog. It has remained true to Essbase and related information over those years. Hopefully it has answered questions and given you insight over those years. I will continue to provide my observations and comments on the ever changing world of EPM. Don't be surprised if the scope of the blog changes and brings in other Hyperion topics.

Monday, March 2, 2015

We all need to thank Applied OLAP

I typically don’t single out a person or company in my blog, but am doing so today. Tim Tow, Oracle Ace Director, Owner of Applied OLAP, Essbase friend and evangelist, on his blog announce the release of newest version of the Next generation Outline extractor .

Why the big deal? Why am I praising him? First, Tim maintains the code for his love of Essbase, he makes no money from it. Second, it cost him money. Time taken from billable work to make changes is a cost, plus, he has his help desk support people assist anyone with a problem again at no cost.

That is all well and good, but the final thing is his responsiveness in improving the product. I emailed Tim on a Wednesday asking about missing features of the relational extract. Tim and I exchanged a few emails about what I would like to see and how I thought it should work.  By Sunday, I had a beta version of extractor with all I asked for and more.  I know from Tim’s questions that I was not getting work he had already planned, but that he had modified the product for me.  After my testing the changes (I found no bugs), he has released it to the Essbase world.

We all need to tank Tim and Applied OLAP for their continued support of the Hyperion community. I don’t work for Tim, but do think his products are awesome. It is nice that he puts as much care into the free products he supports as he does for his fantastic Dodeca product.

7 comments:

Opal said...

Completely agree! Thank you, Tim, for being so dedicated to keeping the Essbase community empowered. I've emailed you myself for outline extractor help and your response time is unparalleled. And thank you, Glenn, for recognizing his efforts! :)

Bryan said...

Big ++ to Tim. Great utility. He shall never buy his own drink at any conference if I'm around.
- BB, OldTimer

Chris R said...

I agree. Thanks Tim & Applied OLAP!!! Hooray OLAP Underground. TNG Outline Extractor is excellent. Try it, You'll like it.

Francisco Amores (@akafdmee) said...

Awesome, thanks to people like Tim, EPM world is easier. really appreciated!

Carolyn said...

I've worked with Tim on several projects in the past and can say from experience that he is indeed a scholar and a gentleman! I highly recommend his company and his products to anyone who depends on Essbase as a core piece of their EPM platform.

Larry said...

The extractor has saved my bacon many times over the years! Thanks Tim!

G.R. said...

+1