Sunday, March 18, 2018

Happy 20th Anniversary to Applied OLAP!


Today, March 18, 2018, is the 20 year anniversary of our incorporation! I has been a long journey since that time; here are some of the highlights:
  • 1998 - We were a one-man shop and wrote a reporting and budgeting application for a customer in New York. I spent about 150 nights that year on the road.
  • 1999 - ActiveOLAP for Essbase was released and we earned the trust of two of our long-term customers. It was during the next couple of years that I traveled to the West Coast about 35 times in one year.
  • 2003 - Portions of our web-service technology was acquired by Hyperion Solutions and we wrote the Hyperion Objects product based on that technology.
  • 2007 - The Dodeca Spreadsheet Management System was released.
  • 2014 - We hired our first resource to focus solely on sales. Prior to that, we marketed our software via 'word of mouth'.
  • 2016 - The Dodeca Excel Add-In for Essbase was released and we acquired the DrillBridge product.
During this time, we have grown the company organically without outside investment. While this strategy meant we had slower growth, the benefit is that it has allowed us to focus solely on the needs of our customers and not the needs of 'investors'. It also meant that we 'ate a lot of beans' in the early days. Those were great lessons in the value of a dollar that we carry with us today in the value of the software we provide to our customers.

Thank you to all of our customers. We feel lucky to work with each and every one of you and we continue to learn from each of you. We pledge to continue working hard to make your companies successful.

Tim Tow
Founder and President
Applied OLAP, Inc

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