Unanswered: Have Suggestions for a Front End Tool?
I am currently using Microsoft Excel pivot tables to access data cubes from SQL Server 2002 as a front end tool for users to access sales data. I have run into issues when I am asking the pivot to filter too much. Does anyone have any suggestions on another frontend tool for cubes that does not run into limitations like Excel does? A 3rd party tool? I know Access could be used but I would like to purchase something not write a program?
Panorama Novaview http://www.pansw.com/ OLAP front-end is made by the same company that licensed Microsoft the OLAP server technology for Analysis Services. It has write-back capabilities unlike Bus Obj, Cognos, Crystal et al and some nice features like bubble-up exceptions, wizards for query creation and good thin-client support.
SQLmag published a review of the leading OLAP front-ends for Microsoft Analysis Services:
i can recommend BusinessObjects - although some dum people (like our MIS dept) use universes only, BusinessObjects can work with MS Analytical Servicers just fine. Business Objects is more reporting tool. They have also special add-in into Excel called BusinessQuery.