Microsoft Bulks Up Its Business Intelligence Lineup

Hoping to put a little shine on its business intelligence strategy, Microsoft has introduced its Office PerformancePoint Server 2007.

The idea behind the new offering is to help IT shops achieve greater performance by monitoring and analyzing their business through a single integrated offering. The products help move Microsoft's BI initiative forward by allowing end users to drive strategy development and alignment across the breadth of a company.

PerformancePoint Server has adopted the same interface as Microsoft Office, which company officials believe should cut down somewhat on training. They contend it's ideal for helping business managers build and manage plans as well as workflows and rules. It's also a good tool for IT managers to centrally control security and information.

Microsoft officials think there will be a lot of demand for the product based on the 10,000 organizations -- many of which were large U.S.-based or multinational companies with diverse computing environments -- that signed up for the Community Technology Preview program.

Posted by Ed Scannell on September 20, 2007


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