HiQube LLC is shipping its business intelligence (BI) platform, which extracts information from relational, object-oriented and hierarchical databases. It includes more than 16 customizable views, which lets executives analyse business data using tables, charts and dashboards. It can read from ASCII files, Excel, MATLAB, SAP and databases that support ODBC. The company has also created optional connectors to Oracle, IBM DB2 and SQL Server, said Yeshwant Mummanini, HiQube’s enterprise implementation manager. The software includes a model creator, which lets administrators use gateways and connectors to import data, and to write macros to automate functions, such as periodic updates of data. The Model Creator also lets users define and applie security policies. License costs vary according to use, but would normally cost about US$4500 per concurrent users.

Xerox Corp.’s Phaser 6130 Colour Laser Printer, which includes 1 GB of memory, prints up to 16 pages per minute in black and white and 12 pages per minute in colour. It has a 250-sheet paper tray and can print the first page in 17 seconds when printing in colour.

It connects to office networks with a 10/100 BaseTX Ethernet card and has an optional wireless 802.11a/b/g card. The maximum duty cycle is 40,000 pages. It can also print on labels, card stock, envelopes and business cards.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $479 and Xerox says the cost per page, for all consumables, is three cents per page (assuming five per cent of the page is covered on a black and white page) or 15.5 cents per colour page (assuming 20 per cent of the page is covered by cyan-magenta-yellow-black ink).

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