Varigence Releases Vivid, the Most User-Friendly Analyst Tool for Business Intelligence

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Varigence releases Vivid--an Excel Add-in for OLAP pivot tables, collaboration, and rich commentary that improves the way users interact with Excel. Vivid provides more than 50 new features that enable users to work more efficiently and effectively with SSAS/OLAP pivot tables without ever leaving Excel.

Screenshot of Vivid in Excel 2010.

Vivid makes Excel the best front-end client for accessing OLAP cubes.

Varigence, an emerging leader in business intelligence technology, today announced the release of Vivid--an Excel Add-in for OLAP pivot tables, collaboration, and rich commentary that improves the way users interact with Excel.

Vivid provides more than 50 new features that enable users to work more efficiently and effectively with SSAS/OLAP pivot tables without ever leaving Excel. Feedback from preview customers has been extremely positive. "Vivid is an invaluable tool that we use every day," says Shayan Zadeh, co-CEO of Zoosk. "I won't use Excel without it."

Vivid's innovative features fall into four main categories:

  •     OLAP Cube Navigation. A new pivot table editor, client-side perspectives, and deep search capabilities make even the most unwieldy cubes manageable.
  •     Pivot Table Transformation. Vivid makes it easy to construct custom pivot tables, providing users the capability to easily swap rows and columns, isolate cells, and perform cross drills, among other transformations.
  •     Date Intelligence. A suite of automated date/time features enables Excel users to generate date and time calculations and sets that previously required a business intelligence architect to implement.
  •     Collaboration. Vivid's collaboration tools include a central repository for easy publishing and downloading of reports directly from the Excel ribbon. Also, a new Excel-compatible commenting system adds rich text comments, attachments, and improved searchability.

Vivid was developed in direct response to needs expressed by business intelligence users of Microsoft Excel.

"Vivid makes Excel the best front-end client for accessing OLAP cubes," says Scott Currie, Varigence founder and CEO. "For many years analysts have had to use standalone tools to access the full power of their cubes. Vivid consolidates all of the power in Excel. We've increased productivity, reduced upfront capital expenditure, and maintained interoperability, since our customers never have to leave the Excel environment they already know."

"The departure of ProClarity from the market left a big gap for easy-to-use, yet powerful front-end clients," says John Welch, Varigence Business Intelligence Architect and Microsoft MVP. "Vivid is the tool that finally fills that gap in an unexpected way; by bringing the functionality directly into Excel."

Vivid is now publicly available for a free 14-day trial evaluation at http://www.varigence.com/vivid and can be purchased for $199 (USD). Vivid runs on the Windows operating system and supports either Microsoft Excel 2007 or Microsoft Excel 2010 (32bit or 64bit).

About Varigence

Varigence is an emerging power in business intelligence technology software and services. Employing a mix of deep experience in developer tools, business intelligence, and consumer software products, Varigence applies the best innovations from application development to enterprise business intelligence, while offering an unprecedented level of accessibility to the end-user. Varigence has delivered state-of-the-art business intelligence solutions to a range of companies, from Fortune 100 enterprises to rapidly growing startups. Varigence was founded as a privately held company in 2008 with headquarters in Greenville, SC, and offices in Seattle, WA and Charlotte, NC. To learn more about Varigence and Vivid, visit http://www.varigence.com.

Varigence and Vivid are trademarks of Varigence. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

Copyright 2010 Varigence. All rights reserved.

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+1 800 477-5260
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