Alphablox teams with Tangent Analytics to extend operational analytics in BI Navigator 4.0

Customers Klaussner Furniture and Mt. Olive Pickle Company Anticipate Increased Visibility and Performance

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 6, 2004 -- Alphablox(R) Corporation, the leading provider of InLine Analytics(TM) for enterprise Business Performance Management, and Tangent Analytics, a business intelligence software solutions provider, today announced that Tangent Analytics is increasing the power of its new BI Navigator(R) 4.0 product with the addition of Alphablox Analytics 5.5. As the latest collaboration in a longstanding partnership between the two companies, the Alphablox technology combined with BI Navigator 4.0 will enable customers to harness the intelligence they need to make better decisions faster. The key enhancement to BI Navigator in release 4.0 is the use of Alphablox's powerful DHTML client, which provides users with the ability to flexibly display data the way they need it and significantly improves navigation.

"Information needs vary greatly according to each individual's role within an organization, so BI Navigator arms decision-makers at all levels via personalized information delivery -- translating into less time spent collecting data, and more time spent making decisions and driving profitability," said Russ Bernthal, president and CEO of Tangent Analytics. "The Alphablox technology is a critical element in the development of these powerful analytic tools, simplifying the process of designing and deploying analytics applications."

The Alphablox InLine Analytics Suite provides a powerful, open standards-based development platform that enables organizations to build custom, cost-effective analytic applications, tailored to their specific business needs and processes. Tangent's BI Navigator is a fully integrated, web-based business intelligence framework that integrates enterprise systems with other external information sources to deliver actionable intelligence quickly and easily. By leveraging Alphablox's industry-leading, extensible DHTML client, BI Navigator offers users more flexibility, unmatched personalization of the user interface, and more interactive presentation of information. With Tangent's Insight Designer, a new tool for application designers, users can now create and publish Alphablox objects (called Insights in BI Navigator) that query Microsoft Analysis Services cubes without any programming knowledge. Through BI Navigator's integrated BI Architect toolset, users can also create and publish their own analytic applications.

"Tangent's BI portal built with Alphablox has quickly become a favorite with Klaussner Furniture users (Sales, Customer Service, and Manufacturing)," said Bill Cook, CIO of Klaussner Furniture. "The tool is easy to learn and Insights (Alphablox cube views) are easy to create. This tool has made information available to our key decision makers as never before. We are looking forward to using the enhancements in the Tangent's BI Navigator 4.0 release, which will have enhanced capabilities with Alphablox latest version. New features such as the improved sorting capabilities and 'undo' functions will make a popular business tool even better."

"The ease of use of Tangent's solution continually improves, and their 4.0 release is by far the best yet," said Dan Bowen, CFO of Mt. Olive Pickle Company. "New features such as multiple trend-line analysis and forecast look-ahead projections in the graphs will better enable our Sales management to forecast more realistic projections for Operations and Capacity Planning."

"Tangent Analytics is a valued Alphablox partner offering complete solutions that satisfy business needs through specialized analytic solutions built on the Alphablox InLine Analytics platform," said Nick Halsey, vice president of corporate development and chief marketing officer. "By leveraging our industry-leading DHTML technology with BI Navigator 4.0, Tangent is further simplifying its graphical interface to allow user to obtain the critical business intelligence information they need, when they need it, to optimize business processes."

About Tangent Analytics

Tangent Analytics provides a fully integrated, Web-based business intelligence framework called BI Navigator, which integrates enterprise-wide systems with other internal/external information sources to deliver the intelligence organizations need to make better decisions, faster. Tangent's team works with its clients to deploy the framework, provide expert training in the use of BI Navigator, and to develop custom applications and framework additions that build greater value into their clients' systems in subject areas such as Performance Measurement, Financial Management, Operations Analytics, Balanced Scorecard, Industry Specific Analytics, and CRM Analytics. The fluid structure of Tangent's BI Navigator provides every level of an organization the business intelligence tools needed to make decisions with authority, to transform data gathering into true information analysis, and to drive profitability.

Founded in 1999, Tangent is headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC, and services companies across the US and Canada. For additional information, please visit Tangent's Web site at

About Alphablox

Alphablox Corporation provides the leading InLine Analytics platform enabling Global 2000 corporations to develop and deploy real-time analytic solutions for optimizing business performance management. Alphablox's solutions integrate seamlessly into existing business processes and enterprise infrastructures, empowering front-line business people with personalized analytic applications to drive targeted business objectives. Market leaders in financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, and retail such as ABN Amro, Deutsche Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Mentor Graphics, Neiman Marcus, Seagate, and Toys R Us, rely on Alphablox's powerful analytic solutions. The company has financial backing from leading investment firms, including Accel Partners, Mohr, Davidow Ventures, Integral Capital Partners, and Deutsche Bank among others. Founded in 1996, Alphablox is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has offices and distributors throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Asia. For additional information on Alphablox and its solutions call 888-256-9669 or visit the company's Web site at

Alphablox, the Alphablox logo, SpreadsheetBlox, ReportBlox, Alphablox Alerts and InLine Analytics are the trademarks or registered trademarks of Alphablox Corporation.

Alphablox Corporation
Bethany Weiss, 415-928-1796
Tangent Analytics
Russ Bernthal, 336-714-6140 

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