OneSource Introduces Business Intelligence Modules for Microsoft Office System

Oct 31, 2003

OneSource Information Services, Inc., a provider of business information solutions, has announced support for the Microsoft Office System launch through the introduction of the Catalyst / Account Intelligence Module for Microsoft Office Word 2003, the Catalyst / Financial Analysis Module for Microsoft Office Excel 2003, and support for the Research Task Pane within the Microsoft Office System. These solutions have been designed to deliver business insight from the OneSource Enhanced Information Warehouse repository, including company profiles, industry reports, executive details, news and financial information, directly into Microsoft Office System programs. The two new modules are part of the new OneSource Catalyst product family. Catalyst modules are designed to reduce the overall amount of time users spend searching for critical data about customers and prospects, and to help users make effective use of that data to target, qualify, sell to and service their customers.

The Catalyst / Account Intelligence Module for Word is designed to help drive the sales process by reducing the time and effort often spent on tasks associated with account planning and call preparation, while providing users with insights that help them to develop richer relationships and open new opportunities. It will allow salespeople to populate their Microsoft Word-based account plans with OneSource business information, such as company profiles, executive names and titles, corporate family information, and news. Users of the Account Intelligence Module for Word can specify the OneSource data fields, their location, and formatting, as they do for any piece of information in Microsoft Office Word 2003.

The Catalyst / Financial Analyst Module for Excel is designed to enable users to spend more time on data analysis, rather than data gathering, which expedites risk and pricing decisions and enables quicker response times to new business opportunities. It allows researchers and analysts to populate Microsoft Office Excel 2003 spreadsheets with OneSource business information, such as detailed financial filings, comparable company data, and industry norms. This external business information can automatically populate pre-defined Excel spreadsheets or can be brought into the spreadsheet on demand by a user.

In addition, OneSource is supporting the Research Task Pane in the Microsoft Office System. Any user of the Microsoft Office System will be able to incorporate information from OneSource into work processes enabled by the Microsoft Office System.  For example, a user of Microsoft Office Word 2003 could select a company name provided by OneSource, browse through recent articles, and insert a news story from that company directly into a Word document without leaving the Word document.

The OneSource Catalyst / Account Intelligence Module for Word and the OneSource Catalyst / Financial Analyst Module for Excel will be available in Q4 2003. Pricing is based on a per-seat annual subscription basis, with volume discounts. Research Task Pane access will be included in the modules, and will also be included in OneSource's AppLinkSM Pro Software Development Kit (SDK) in Q4 2003.