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  Online News published in DM Direct Newsletter
July 21, 2000 Issue
  By Rachel Rasmussen

SPSS Inc. Announces SPSS 10.0 for Macintosh; Highly Anticipated Release Gives Mac Users Greater Analytical Power

Answering the need for better statistical software on the Macintosh platform, SPSS Inc. announced SPSS 10.0 for Macintosh. The first Mac release of SPSS since 1995, the software gives Macintosh users the power to apply accurate predictive modeling to their data and create easy-to-read reports through an all-new, native Mac user interface.

"This release marks a triumphant return to the Macintosh platform for SPSS," said Mark Battaglia, executive vice president of marketing for SPSS. "I'm very pleased that we, once again, can offer the latest version of our market-leading software to the Macintosh community. We are grateful for the cooperation and tenacity of Software MacKiev in overcoming the technical challenge presented by the complexity of a product as sophisticated as SPSS."

SPSS 10.0 is a modular, integrated product line for data access, data preparation, reporting, graphics and advanced analysis through statistical techniques. The new release updates Macintosh users to the latest version and delivers significant new capabilities in all areas of the product line including new modules, predictive capabilities for data mining, and dynamic, interactive graphics for the first time on the Macintosh. The software will also be available in a distributed analysis architecture (DAA), which provides users with dramatically improved performance with very large data sets. The server version is expected to ship in the fourth quarter of 2000.

The commercial list price of the software in the United States and Canada is $999. Academic pricing is $499. For more information, please visit


StorageTek Signs Agreement to License Overland's VR2

Overland Data Inc., a technology leader in tape back-up products, announced that StorageTek, one of the foremost providers of enterprise and network storage, has signed a definitive agreement to license Overland's patented Variable Rate Randomizer (VR2) technology. Overland's VR2 technology will be integrated broadly into future offerings of StorageTek's 9840 tape drive technology, both access- centric and capacity-centric versions.

"The best way to succeed in today's competitive marketplace is to make a great product even better," said Roger Archibald, StorageTek vice president and general manager, enterprise business group. "With the addition of Overland's VR2, we are able to ensure that our innovative storage solutions stay the most attractive offerings available today and in the future. This partnership will continue StorageTek's tradition of solving users' needs effectively."

Scott McClendon, president and CEO of Overland, said, "We are thrilled to be partnering with a verified data storage leader like StorageTek. We believe the addition of our VR2 technology to StorageTek's preeminent products will set the pace for reliable, high-performance solutions at an attractive price point today and in the future."

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Solutions Experts Earns Hyperion Gold Consulting Partner Status

Solutions Experts, a highly-skilled consulting firm focused on designing, developing and implementing financial analysis and reporting solutions, was named a Hyperion Gold Consulting Partner, a distinction that recognizes Solutions Experts' commitment to providing its clients with high-caliber capabilities in Hyperion's business analysis software.

Hyperion Gold Consulting Partner status is granted to outstanding consulting organizations that have made a significant commitment to Hyperion's OLAP technology and packaged business analysis applications. Hyperion Gold Consulting Partners represent leading consulting organizations that have established a practice around Hyperion's data warehousing, OLAP and business analysis products, demonstrated advanced product knowledge through achievement of Hyperion Certified Professional status, and a record of successful customer implementations.

"Our entire Solutions Experts team is pleased to receive the prestigious Hyperion Gold Consulting Partner status,'' said Peg Leisen, president of Solutions Experts. "Because we've rigorously tested the software, our consultants have a unique understanding of the functionality of the Hyperion products. We're committed to providing our clients with the best business solutions utilizing OLAP technology and Hyperion is an integral part of that commitment."

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