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12-14-2007, 02:02 PM
Visual Numerics Announces Embeddable Analytics Strategy

SAP, Teradata, Among Others Working with Numerical Library Leader for Embeddable Advanced Analytics

HOUSTON, TX - December 10, 2007 - As customer demand for advanced analytics grows, enterprise software vendors and data warehouse vendors are finding ways to add new business intelligence (BI) capabilities to their current offerings to stay competitive. Today, Visual Numerics, Inc. (http://www.vni.com/), a 37-year producer of advanced numerical analysis (http://www.vni.com/products/imsl/index.php) and visualization software (http://www.vni.com/products/wave/index.php), announced that it is working with leading enterprise vendors such as SAP AG (http://www.sap.com/index.epx) (NYSE: SAP) and Teradata Corporation (http://www.teradata.com/t/) (NYSE: TDC) to embed their numerical libraries into various applications to provide advanced data mining and predictive analytics to their customers (see details of each relationship below). Why use numerical libraries?

Embedded numerical libraries provide a number of flexible and powerful development and competitive advantages that larger BI suites cannot match. For example:

Faster Time to Market ? developers can embed numerical libraries as components at any application level in new or existing applications; additionally no proprietary data formats are required, which helps companies roll out new or enhanced product offerings to the market more quickly
Customization ? numerical libraries contain thousands of mathematical and statistical algorithms, which ensures that developers can mix and match exactly the right algorithms for the specific analytical application they're building, and ensure each application is unique, and competitively engineered to solve each problem
Numerical Accuracy ? numerical libraries ensure numerical consistency across different languages and platforms; developers don?t have to hard code libraries to fit each application environment; this advantage is particularly helpful when companies need to upgrade or migrate their applications to new platforms down the road
Execution & Efficiency ? because they are written in native code, numerical libraries can analyze data at the source - without moving it outside the database - and take advantage of existing database architectures and system performance, which helps deliver analysis results much faster

Today, Visual Numerics also announced that SAP is integrating Visual Numerics IMSL? C Numerical Library version 6.0 into TREX ? a structured and unstructured data processing component of the SAP NetWeaver? platform ? providing the TREX engine with functions for data analytics such as outlier detection, dependency analysis and forecasting. SAP? applications that use the TREX engine will benefit from this new embedded functionality. See separate release entitled ?Visual Numerics Announces OEM Agreement with SAP For SAP NetWeaver? for details.

In May 2007, Visual Numerics announced (http://www.vni.com/company/press/pressReleases/teradata.php) a partnership with Teradata to integrate Visual Numerics? IMSL C Numerical Library and JMSL? Numerical Library for Java? into Teradata applications and tools. The addition of the IMSL C Library will give Teradata developers and customers a powerful collection of mathematical and statistical functions addressing a broad range of business applications. The IMSL C Numerical Library will leverage Teradata?s massively parallel and scalable architecture for improved analytical processing performance.

?As enterprise software vendors and commercial companies continue to seek ways to improve their advanced analytical, modeling and forecasting capabilities, the power and flexibility of numerical libraries will become more attractive to a wide range of constituents in companies, including software developers, product managers, sales people, consultants,? said Phil Fraher, president and CEO of Visual Numerics. ?Larger BI suites serve a critical function in querying and reporting data. However for complex analytical challenges such as optimizing stock portfolios for higher performance, predicting inventory demand, and building customized analytical applications, numerical libraries are the only choice.?

About Visual Numerics, Inc.

Visual Numerics has provided technical software solutions for numerical analysis and visualization for more than three decades. The company's software products help users understand complex data from a variety of sources and build business-critical applications. Visual Numerics offers two product lines: the IMSL? Numerical Libraries for powerful mathematical and statistical analysis and the PV-WAVE? visual data analysis development environment. Visual Numerics also offers customized professional services for applications that involve mathematical, statistical, or visual data analysis to meet today's business analytical needs.

Major corporations, academic institutions, and research laboratories worldwide use Visual Numerics' software tools, including such high profile companies as: Bear, Stearns & Company; Barclays Global Investors; Priceline.com; Humana, Sandia National Laboratories; and Boeing Company. This large and diverse customer base is supported through a direct sales force, wholly owned international subsidiaries, and international distributors. For more information about Visual Numerics, please visit www.vni.com (http://www.vni.com).

Trademark Statement

Visual Numerics, IMSL and PV-WAVE are registered trademarks of Visual Numerics, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. JMSL, JWAVE, TS-WAVE and Knowledge in Motion are trademarks of Visual Numerics, Inc. All other company, product or brand names are the property of their respective owners.

SAP, SAP NetWeaver and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries all over the world.