As Microsoft plans to get more involved in Business Intelligence, they are creating Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007. Both Microsoft and most VARs believe that this addition will truly make their BI lineup great.
According to Per Solli, CEO of Solver, an analytics integrator, "Excel is the main budgeting tool for a lot of companies. It's great for data entry, but it's a pain in the neck for people trying to do financial analysis. IT departments have had to deal with so many one-off models, it's been a nightmare. Total cost of ownership is going to go down dramatically." PerformancePoint will make all the difference for these companies.
Microsoft Business Division President Jeff Raikes added, "We've aligned our investment across the company to be able to deliver a complete and integrated product line. We've really increased the partnering activity that we're doing, from global systems integrators to regional specialists," he said. "In the past nine months, we've been able to train 500 partners."
Learn more about PeformancePoint and Microsoft's partnering program in the complete article (link above).
Posted by Joshua Feinberg