KCI Unveils CONTROL Version 8.7

Latest version sets new industry standard for flexibility, capacity, and performance

Torrance, Calif. -- July 18, 2005 -- KCI Computing, Inc. today announced the availability of CONTROL version 8.7, the newest release of its corporate performance management (CPM) solution. The newest version builds upon the success of past releases and KCI’s overarching strategy to deliver high-performance, enterprise-caliber functionality that is flexible, simple to use, and easy to manage and deploy.

CONTROL provides a one-stop solution offering the real-time business insight needed to plan, assess, and drive corporate performance by leveraging relational technology to unite critical financial and operational data. Version 8.7 extends KCI's tradition of delivering leading edge flexibility and tight Excel integration. It offers simplified administration, greater capacity, and faster performance.

According to Max Kay, CEO of KCI Computing, “CONTROL version 8.7 supports complex, terabyte-volume planning applications while fully addressing the needs of a broad user constituency with varying degrees of sophistication. In addition to its unrivaled enterprise usability, CONTROL version 8.7 integrates additional Excel features such as grouping, outlining, and automatic re-calculation, taking further advantage of end user know how.”

Key enhancements include:

  • Hidden, Shared, Private, and Owned Objects: CONTROL version 8.7 enhances the product’s already powerful administrative framework and enables individuals or groups to create special purpose reports, books, forms and models while maintaining centralized management. This new feature allows a data analyst, for example, to leverage information already housed in CONTROL, create an ad hoc margin analysis and share it with a business or product manager or just about any other imaginable user. Alternatively, the data analyst can choose to keep it to him or herself.

  • Sheet Refinements: CONTROL version 8.7 makes it easier for even the casual user to customize an application’s navigation interface. For example, in version 8.7 users can add a “form” to a sheet and use Excel’s visual-design capabilities to move the user controls and specify their graphic properties. Additionally, users can make sheets more user-responsive with buttons that, for instance, open a book or a view, navigate to a particular report or entry form, run a transform or a mapping, or navigate to a home menu.

  • Remote Asynchronous Job Module: For the first time, CONTROL allows tasks such as running a script to be off-loaded to a remote application server for either immediate or deferred scheduled processing. It frees the administrator or end user workstation, providing increased efficiencies and optimizing productivity.

  • View Snapshots: Users can now freeze a picture of rendered data and eliminate the computational overhead on future retrievals. It is a particularly relevant feature for those who often refer to relatively static data. In addition, View Snapshots provides the “as of a particular point in time” visibility that is critical for auditability and accountability.

About KCI Computing

Building on more than 25 years of domain expertise, KCI provides a powerful, cost-effective corporate performance management (CPM) solution that offers organizations of all sizes the real-time insight needed to plan, assess, and drive corporate performance. KCI’s hallmark product, CONTROL, leverages relational technology to unite critical financial and operational data to deliver the cohesive and transparent view necessary to align strategy and action. For more information, please visit http://www.kcicorp.com.