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Xcelsius to Add Interactive Visualization to Microsoft SharePoint Portal

September release to allow point-and-click data visualization.

Data visualization software maker Infommersion introduced Xcelsius for SharePoint at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference on July 8, 2005. The new software, scheduled for release in September 2005, is designed to enable companies to provide their SharePoint end-users with interactive charts, graphs and dashboards that, until now, have not been possible using the SharePoint Portal Server.

Dubbed Xcelsius for SharePoint, the new software will allow individual business professionals to select the information they want to visualize, customize the appearance of the resulting charts and perform visual "what-if" analyses on the underlying assumptions. This will allow users to understand the projected business impact of changes in the data -- all in real-time, directly on their screen.

Xcelsius for SharePoint will enable IT professionals to represent new and existing information as graphical Web parts, and provides for "Web part to Web part" connectivity. This connectivity will give end-users the ability to select and graphically represent data from various Web parts, with the click of a mouse. These can also be easily customized to better represent the information selected to view.

"Business managers are increasingly demanding the visualization of complex enterprise data, because it gives them more insight into the numbers," said Santiago Becerra, CEO and co-founder of Infommersion. "Working closely with Microsoft VARs allows us to demonstrate how Xcelsius for SharePoint will enable them to meet, and exceed, their customers' needs."

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