Dimensional Insight Announces Launch of Spectre Columnar Database for Robust Business Intelligence

Big data engine designed to optimize performance and ease-of-use for faster and more scalable analysis

Press Release

March 8, 2017

Media Contact:
Kathy Sucich at Dimensional Insight

BURLINGTON, MASS. – March 8, 2017 – Dimensional Insight, a developer of business intelligence (BI) solutions for complex and highly regulated industries, today announced the launch of Spectre columnar database as part of Version 7.0 of its award-winning BI platform, Diver Platform™. The powerful data engine is built on the latest columnar database technology, which enables the greatest speed and efficiency for the most used analytics features. With the addition of Spectre, the latest version of the company’s flagship product is now faster, scalable and more manageable in meeting the needs of today’s BI users.

The most fundamental difference in Spectre’s technology is the new column-oriented, shareable database storage format optimized for query-time calculations instead of build-time calculations. In the columnar database design, fields for each record are separated into categories by similarity and are stored together in blocks of memory. This allows for only the relevant columns to be accessed during a calculation, resulting in an enhanced level of speed and efficiency. The new design also takes advantage of hardware innovations and analysis practices to better handle new user behaviors and queries.

 “By offering the latest advancement in columnar technology, Spectre is able to address many of the difficulties BI users face with the growth of data and reliance on traditional relational databases,” said Jamie Clark, senior developer, Dimensional Insight. “We designed Spectre from the ground up by creating an engine that is fast, flexible and works to simplify data collection. The end result is powerful and streamlined BI for our customers.”

Key technology and design features of Spectre include:

Speed – Spectre is built for speed, both for builds and for calculations. This increased speed significantly boosts productivity of IT staff and response time for users.

Scalability – The engine was designed to be robust enough for challenging enterprise-level BI analysis and to deliver fast performance without taxing resources.

Manageability – Because users need rapid information access and IT needs to make sure they can manage and support user requirements, Diver Platform combined with Spectre delivers on both of these needs with Workbench for developers and DiveTab™ to keep the mobile workforce connected on the go.

“Spectre has allowed us to go from refreshing large data sets twice per day, to once per hour, allowing us to make quicker decisions based on more recent pre-calculated data,” said Tony Maturo, operations controller at Fieldale Farms. “Additionally, the integration of previously separate tools in Workbench 7.0 allows us to get more work done in less time. It also has helped enable us to achieve ‘Google-like speed’ within Diver.”

“At Dimensional Insight, we have always been committed to creating innovative, cutting-edge technology that meets the needs and wants of our customers,” said Fred Powers, co-founder and CEO, Dimensional Insight. “Spectre is a perfect example of this, showing how we develop technology based on the ever-changing, fast-paced business landscape that impacts our customers on a daily basis.”

About Dimensional Insight

Dimensional Insight is a leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions. The company offers a complete portfolio of BI capabilities ranging from data integration and modeling to sophisticated reporting, analytics, and dashboards. Founded in 1989, Dimensional Insight has thousands of customer organizations worldwide. Dimensional Insight’s Diver Platform™ consistently ranks as a top performing business intelligence platform by customers and industry analysts in its core market segments including healthcare, manufacturing and beverage alcohol industries. For more information, please visit https://www.dimins.com.

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