Bob, first of all, thanks for commenting on this thread and of course thanks for creating Essbase. We love it.
We also now have a primary source on the name's origins.
>>No one really liked it and came up with a hundred alternatives, but in the end, no one liked any of them.
^^^Was this where the name "Numbers Buddy" came from? I heard (or was told) that that was the most popular name in an internal contest. I've always been sceptical of that story as it is akin to suggesting Agamemnon as a baby's name. Okay, I did that once because Hunter, Carter, and Walker (apologies in advance to those who have named their triplets just that) were giving me a pain, so maybe it isn't so far fetched.
Here's the document I have showing the name announcement: