Kalido Unveils Industry's First Visual Business Modeler for Business Intelligence: Kalido(R) Business Information Modeler(TM) creates "living model," a breakthrough for business/IT collaboration

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Kalido, the active information management company, today announced the industry's first visual business modeler for business intelligence (BI). An easy-to-use graphical design environment that introduces pioneering gesture-based modeling, Kalido(R) Business Information Modeler(TM) is the first and only solution that transforms the design, development, deployment and maintenance of BI infrastructures, significantly improving time to value for BI projects. Used in conjunction with the award-winning Kalido Dynamic Information Warehouse(TM), the modeler streamlines the development of data warehouses and rewrites the rules of change management, enabling BI directors and data architects to keep their BI infrastructures up to date at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional methods. A key component of the Kalido Information Engine(TM) (see related release, "New Kalido Information Engine Unlocks True Business Intelligence"), the Kalido Business Information Modeler provides the best way for business and IT to collaborate on delivering more accurate, consistent and timely business information.

I've seen a lot of logical models over the years, and most are created with isolated modeling tools, without direct connection to the data that will populate the model

    Traditionally, changes to BI infrastructures require cumbersome custom programming and static data modeling to keep multiple data models synchronized. The resulting disconnect between the design and the resulting physical infrastructure results in simple business queries taking weeks or months to deliver. With Kalido, that work can now be done in a fraction of the time, dramatically reducing costs and giving business users answers to their critical business questions faster than ever before. The new modeler gives BI professionals a common view of the business that promotes understanding and information accuracy, while for the first time delivering one consolidated view that can be understood by all participants and managed from a single platform.

"I've seen a lot of logical models over the years, and most are created with isolated modeling tools, without direct connection to the data that will populate the model," said Philip Russom, Senior Manager of Research at The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI). "Due to this disconnect, getting from the model to an actual deliverable - like data warehouse structures and reports - is an indirect and manual process that takes time and is prone to error. The new Kalido Business Information Modeler addresses this problem. It's a click-and-drag tool that users of various technical levels can use collaboratively to build business models based directly on the data managed by the Kalido environment. The tool automatically translates the business model into semantic data structures in the warehouse - and in some leading BI platforms - resulting in an implementation of the model that is immediately usable. The productivity gains and collaborative insights enabled by such a tool are highly desirable benefits."

Key features and benefits of the Kalido Business Information Modeler include:

-- Gesture-based business modeling interface - Using Kalido's patent-pending technology, the Kalido Business Information Modeler provides an easy-to-use graphical design interface that can be used to develop and refine business requirements for new and existing information. As a result, business models can be developed quickly and collaboratively, reducing the gap between business requirements and information delivery.

-- Tightly integrated to the data warehouse - Kalido Business Information Modeler can be used to change and update your business model in concert with the latest version of Kalido Dynamic Information Warehouse.

-- Drives and manages BI metadata creation and maintenance - Tightly integrated with the Kalido Universal Information Director(TM), business models created and managed with the Kalido Business Information Modeler extend to control the BI metadata configurations in popular BI tools such as Cognos and Business Objects, dramatically reducing BI metadata maintenance.

"The value delivered by business intelligence applications can only be measured by its impact on critical business decisions," said Bill Hewitt, president and CEO of Kalido. "Businesses have been challenged for years for a way to unlock true intelligence about performance. The Kalido Business Information Modeler leapfrogs the market by eliminating the barriers and enabling companies to, for the first time, feel confident about the quality, consistency and timeliness of their business information."

The Kalido Business Information Modeler is expected to be generally available on March 1, 2008. The design module of the Kalido Business Information Modeler will be available as a free download from the Kalido website at http://www.kalido.com. The latest version of Kalido Dynamic Information Warehouse can be configured to connect to the Kalido Business Information Modeler for an additional license fee.

For more information on the Kalido Business Information Modeler and Kalido's full suite of information management products, please visit http://www.kalido.com.

About Kalido

Kalido delivers active information management for business. Developed through years of successful best practice implementations, Kalido's robust, business-model driven information management engine automatically feeds information to end users through their BI tools, making them more productive far more quickly and reducing internal costs. With Kalido, users never again have to wait for months to answer fundamental questions about business performance - which products are selling, which customers are profitable, and which markets are most promising.

Kalido software is implemented at over 250 locations in more than 100 countries with market leading companies. More information about Kalido can be found at: http://www.kalido.com.

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