SAS, along with Hyperion and Microsoft, have released XML for Analysis (XMLA) Specification Version 1.1, which provides an updated specification and API standard for vendors to access multidimensional databases as a Web service.

It is the first version of the XMLA specification to be created in conjunction with members of the XMLA Advisory Council, a standards group that was formed after Sunnyvale, CA-based Hyperion and Microsoft, based in Redmond, WA, released XML for Analysis Specification Version 1.0 in 2001.

XML for Analysis Specification Version 1.1 is available for Web download on the XLMA Web site.

In addition to the new release of the XMLA specification, the XMLA Advisory Council has added seven new members. They are Crystal Decisions, INEA, MIS AG, MJM Consultant Corp., Panorama Software Systems, SAP AG and Silvon Software.

“The addition of new council members signals the growing momentum and market acceptance of an open, scalable, standards-based specification that benefits enterprise class customers,” Keith Collins, senior vice president and chief technology officer for SAS, said in a statement. “SAS continues to be actively involved in moving the specification forward as an open standard for business intelligence and we plan to incorporate such standards in future products.”