arcplan Unveils New arcplan Enterprise 6

  • Multiple new features inspired by Web 2.0 benefit users and developers
  • Seamless integration into portal environments

Langenfeld, Germany and Berwyn, PA, USA. March 12, 2009 – arcplan, an international provider of Enterprise Performance Management solutions, today announced arcplan Enterprise 6. The new version of its flagship solution is available for immediate release. arcplan Enterprise 6 is a major new release. arcplan Enterprise Version 6 delivers a user-experience that is simple yet enriching, visually engaging and highly collaborative, much like web applications that users experience outside the workplace. arcplan Enterprise 6 will help performance-driving applications become more integrated in daily work processes. Key highlights of the new version include client-side mashup communications for integrating robust, 3rd party open Web API content directly into published arcplan applications, seamless integration of the arcplan client into any industry leading portal environment, and enhanced usability for application developers and business users.

Enterprise mashups make their appearance in arcplan Enterprise 6
One of the most prominent new features in arcplan Enterprise 6 is the inclusion of mashups. In its broadest definition, a mashup is a composite, interactive web application made up of content from different sources and applications, brought together in a single interface. In arcplan Enterprise 6, mashup technology enables users to quickly and easily enrich the data sources they use for their business analyses and the visualization options for their reports.

Analysts compliment arcplan on Web 2.0-bound Business Intelligence
“arcplan Enterprise 6 represents another strong offering from arcplan with continued emphasis around data integration and open access to data sources – both internal and external. arcplan has truly taken an approach that enables real time, process- and service-oriented analytics that meet the requirements of business analysts and end users regarding a Web 2.0-bound BI environment,” says Dr. Wolfgang Martin. Dr. Martin, a leading European analyst in the BI/CPM area, founder of Wolfgang Martin Team and Ventana Research Advisor, was given opportunity to preview arcplan Enterprise 6 and get an insight in new features and functionalities.

Rich applications that ease the burden on IT staff

As composite applications can be rapidly created in exactly the way that suits the immediate needs of business users, mashups help reduce the scope of the IT staff’s workload and frees them up for more strategic tasks. In addition, both users and IT specialists can be sure that these new mashup-based applications are tailored to real business problems. With its open, service-oriented architecture, arcplan Enterprise 6 supports server-side mashups via web services as well as at the client level by integrating the content from any open Web API sources using a new JavaScript API. It can use any open .NET environment or JavaScript-enabled third-party component and integrate data from various information providers with an open communication API.

All in all, the arcplan Enterprise 6 mashups ensure high user acceptance of tailored applications at low cost, and increased efficiency and productivity throughout the enterprise.

Integration of arcplan clients in portal solutions

A further new feature in arcplan Enterprise 6 is the ability to seamlessly integrate arcplan applications and content into a variety of portal environments such as SharePoint, WebSphere, NetWeaver and others. This allows customers to enhance collaboration seamlessly and therefore supports a more integrated workflow within a company.

arcplan Enterprise 6 benefits users, developers, enterprises

With a wealth of new strategic, tactical and technology extensions, arcplan Enterprise 6 is one of the most significant releases in recent years – with multiple advantages for end users, developers, and enterprises,” comments Detlef Kamps, arcplan’s CEO. “Users now have more analysis and visualization options, as well as richer application content and accelerated analysis processes. Developers can integrate applications into portals much more easily, and benefit from faster, more efficient application development and distribution. The enterprise as a whole makes significant efficiency gains, because any aspect of the business can be analyzed with both speed and precision.”

Ease of design and rapid deployment of highly scalable arcplan applications

The renewed arcplan Application Designer enables organizations or arcplan consulting services to create customized BI applications through a user-friendly drag-and-drop interface. In arcplan Enterprise 6, the Application Designer features a new preview capability that enables effective testing of application behavior prior to deployment for the developer. Several dialogs have also been revised and extended, including those for selecting formats, properties and other characteristics. Along with an increase in the number of available shortcuts, tooltips have been added to design elements to accelerate and simplify the design and deployment process.

Furthermore arcplan Enterprise 6 provides significantly improved scalability and stability through a new session distribution management process and greater support for User Account Control within Microsoft Vista environments.

The product launch will go along with a series of webinars. First two sessions will be held on Friday, March 13, 2009 at 11:00 am CET and on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 1:00 pm EST.

About arcplan

arcplan is an established independent business intelligence solution provider delivering timely, contextual and actionable information that empowers businesses to improve business perfor-mance while leveraging existing infrastructure. Since 1993, arcplan has enabled more than 2,500 customers worldwide to achieve organizational efficiency through the powerful combina-tion of information and analysis proving beneficial to the bottom line. Get more information at

arcplan’s flagship product arcplan Enterprise® was rated the #1 3rd party tool for SAP BW, Ess-base, and TM1 in The BI Survey 8 (2009).

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