Panorama Software and The Four Knights

For software used to create panoramas, see Category:Panorama software.

Panorama Software is a Canadian software and consulting company specializing in business intelligence. The company was founded by Rony Ross in Israel in 1993; it relocated its worldwide headquarters to Toronto, Canada in 2003.

Panorama sold its OLAP technology to Microsoft in 1996, which was built into Microsoft OLAP Services and later SQL Server Analysis Services, an integrated component of the Microsoft SQL Server platform.

Panorama supports over 1,600 customers worldwide in industries such as financial services, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, telecommunications and life sciences. Panorama has a wide eco-system of partners in 30 countries, and maintains offices throughout North America, EMEA and Asia.

Contents 1 Products 1.1 Necto 2 Panorama and Microsoft 3 References 4 External links

Products Necto

The company’s main product is a business intelligence suite named Panorama Necto™. Deemed a "Business Intelligence 3.0" platform with enhanced user interfaces, increased user adoption, and better self-service for reduced operational costs, Necto presents data in a socially enabled setting. Necto offers the users self-serve data mining and report generation, allowing them to generate their own custom views of the data without having to wait on someone else to run a report for them. It lets users create collaborative "workboards" and visual presentations to provide better context as they put together ad-hoc business teams to address internal issues. The users are able to follow other leaders in the organization and discover those who are attempting to analyze similar data sets. The company contends this focus on social analysis leads, starting with business data and connecting it with the people who are involved in this data.

Necto is a BI application based upon understanding of user behavior, one-click reporting, and collaborative decision making. Panorama positions the product upon three strengths of social business intelligence, insights, and intuitive self-service. The platform supports the social sharing of data, similar to sharing found on consumer oriented social networking sites. Data analysis is treated as "conversations" which can themselves be followed and analyzed. Panorama encourages Necto enterprise users to form cross-departmental teams based on data research behaviors. The solution introduces intelligence to the BI engine through tracking of user behavior and making corresponding adjustments.

Necto is an end-to-end BI suite that includes analytics, custom reporting, intuitive dashboards, and integration with Microsoft Office/SharePoint. The solution is compatible running on top of multiple data sources including spreadsheets, in-memory, OLAP, or relational databases. Integration on Microsoft Azure and optimization with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 platform is also available. Necto™ also integrates with SharePoint and adds a social connection to this integration, combining structured data from Necto’s analysis services with unstructured data from SharePoint. It can be scaled up to manage thousands of users and several terabytes of data. Panorama and Microsoft

Panorama Software is the original developer of the online analytical-processing OLAP technology that Microsoft acquired in 1996 and rebranded as SQL Server Analysis Services, an integrated component of the Microsoft SQL Server platform. Since this acquisition, Panorama has actively offered solutions to support the Microsoft platform as a Microsoft Gold ISV Competency partner. Whether on-premises or as a software-as-a-service, Panorama integrates with Microsoft to meet the demands from the largest of enterprise users.

The Four Knights and Panorama Software

The Four Knights were an American vocal group from Charlotte, North Carolina. Career

The group was formed in 1943, with an original membership of Gene Alford (lead tenor), Oscar Broadway (bass), Clarence Dixon (baritone), and John Wallace (tenor, guitar). This line-up remained the same for much of the band's career. They first sang under the name Southland Jubilee Singers, and performed gospel music as well as vocal pop and doo-wop numbers. Their first professional job came in 1944 on WSDC radio station, an NBC subsidiary based in Charlotte. Soon after they became featured performers on the program Carolina Hayride, broadcast on CBS affiliate WBT. They recorded transcription discs for Langworth Records in the middle of the decade and changed their name to The Four Knights in 1945. Photo of 1948 Raleigh Cigarettes Program cast: Standing: Pat McGeehan, The Four Knights, David Rose (orchestra leader). Seated:Verna Felton ("Grandma" to Skelton's "Junior" character), Rod O'Connor (announcer), Lurlene Tuttle ("Mother" to Skelton's "Junior" character). Front: Red Skelton.

Later in 1945, the group moved to New York, where they appeared on Arthur Godfrey's radio show. They signed with Decca Records in 1946, releasing four singles over the next two years. They appeared on Red Skelton's radio program through most of 1948 and toured with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. In 1949 they released two more singles on the Decca subsidiary Coral Records.

The group lost its recording contract with Skelton in 1950, when its manager had an asking price for the Knights' services which was above Skelton's show's budget. The manager broke the contract rather than try to reach a compromise with the program. The group fired him for this, since they had now lost a major source of exposure. They signed to Capitol Records the following year, where they would remain for six years and some 40 single releases, along with two LPs and three EPs. The 1951 release "I Love the Sunshine of Your Smile" hit #23 on the U.S. pop chart. As television became more widespread, they renewed their contract with Skelton for his TV show and also appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. Their 1954 hit "I Get So Lonely When I Dream About You (Oh Baby Mine)" went to #2 on the charts in the U.S. and was their biggest success in America, though they had several other charting releases in the early 1950s. Under the name "Oh Baby Mine (I Get So Lonely)", the song also went to #5 in the UK Singles Chart that year. The group accompanied Nat King Cole on his hits "My Personal Possession" and "That's All There Is to That".

Gene Alford had to leave the group in the middle of the 1950s due to his worsening epilepsy, and was replaced by George Vereen and then Clifford Holland (formerly of the Delta Rhythm Boys). Alford died in 1960.

In 1957 the group re-signed with Coral, releasing four further singles and two LPs. Their last hit was "Oh Falling Star" in 1959, which peaked at #83. They released a few further singles on minor labels into the 1960s but had essentially quit the music industry by the middle of the decade. Three years after Alford's death, Clarence Dixon left the group; in 1966, it was disbanded. John Wallace died in 1978 and both Dixon and Broadway retired to the Los Angeles area.
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