Major vendors products
In the next sections, we will present commercial solutions that are associated to the presented development approaches. In order to identify the products that will best suit his(her) needs, the reader is invited to use the evaluation criteria proposed in this website.
The information on this page is from the results of a technology review conducted in the Summer of 2007 (and updated in 2009) by the research team of the Industrial Research Chair in Geospatial Databases for Decision Support of Université Laval (Quebec). This review aimed at evaluating commercial products that offer combined capabilities of multidimensional analysis and cartography . A complete list of OLAP solutions can be found at TDWI: OLAP.
At the end of this page, the commercial products that cannot be included in the defined categories are listed.
In an integrated solution, both OLAP and GIS features are offered. The main graphical user interface is custom and built over the underlying technologies (i.e. OLAP and GIS) and the SOLAP application is developed to benefit from the integration of the OLAP and the GIS functions. We named this integration "SOLAP Technology". Consequently, these tools integrate the management of the multidimensional and spatial data and they facilitate the deployment and the update of spatial datacubes.
The GIS-dominant approach offers GIS capabilities inside a GIS graphical user interface. Usually, only simplified access to OLAP data sources is offered and practically no OLAP capability is presented. Alliances between OLAP and GIS vendors facilitate the development of such applications. Many examples of collaboration exist and examples of resulting solutions are:
The OLAP-dominant approach offers full OLAP capabilities inside an OLAP graphical user interface, but limited GIS functionalities. Unfortunatly, many commercial OLAP products do not support cartographic displays and thus cannot be considered in this study. Generally, the OLAP-dominant solutions are bidirectional, which implies that the selection on one display (e.g. map) affects the result on the other display (e.g. OLAP table). Examples of commercial products are:
Most popular OLAP servers and OLAP clients support cartographic capabilities provided by GIS-dominant or integrated solutions:
Proclarity Analytics 6.0 (Proclarity-Microsoft) does not seem to support cartographic displays like the previous version 4.0 did.
Cognos Analysis Studio (Cognos)
Beyond 20/20 Perspective (Beyond 20/20)
Out of category products:
The following products are reporting tools:
Integration Kit for ESRI GIS (APOS Systems) offers a bidirectional bridge between ESRI geographic data and BussinessObjects XI products. This solution requires ESRI ArcIMS or ESRI ArcGIS Server.
GIS adapter (ESRI) for WebFOCUS (Information Builders) can be used to deploy reporting solutions that comprise maps.
Web Data Server (Beyond 20/20) is designed so users can easily access and analyze multidimensional files, and then save or download them for further use. This solution integrates a bidirectional bridge between a map browser and Beyond 20/20 reporting tool.
The following products are spatial dashboard tools and thus cannot be considered as SOLAP solutions. Usually, they require major developments in order to build a custom front-end, user-interface and drill operators for every new application:
Syntell 4i (Syntell)
Finally, the following products are visualization tools that do not support multidimensional analysis (OLAP) and thus cannot be considered as solutions that combine multidimensional analysis and cartography:
Push’n See (Korem)
GeoVISTA Studio (GeoVISTA Center)
AVS Express (Advanced Visual Systems).
 Bédard,Y., M.-J. Proulx & S. Rivest, 2005, Enrichissement du OLAP pour l'analyse géographique : exemples de réalisation et différentes possibilités technologiques, Revue des Nouvelles Technologies de l'Information - Entrepôts de données et l'Analyse en ligne, sous la direction de F. Bentayeb, O. Boussaïd, J. Darmont et S. Loudcher, Cépaduès-Éditions, France, pp. 1-20.
 Rivest, S., Y. Bédard, M.-J. Proulx, M. Nadeau, F. Hubert & J. Pastor, 2005, SOLAP: Merging Business Intelligence with Geospatial Technology for Interactive Spatio-Temporal Exploration and Analysis of Data, Journal of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) "Advances in spatio-temporal analysis and representation", Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 17-33.
 Proulx, M.-J. & Y. Bédard, 2007, Evaluation of commercial products that offer combined capabilities of OLAP analysis and cartography. (French only- Évaluation des produits commerciaux offrant des capacités combinées d'analyse OLAP et de cartographie), Research report, Industrial Research Chair in Geospatial Databases for Decision Support, Departement of Geomatics Sciences, September 25th, 2007, Laval University. 55 pp.
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Updated: November 2009