One of my assertions recently has been that the business intelligence industry is momentarily distracted by the high end deals. Recent titan acquisitons (Ascential, Siebel) are clearly focused on bringing in the Fortune level customer. We now see some balance being brought into the equation. Microsoft has never neglected the lower end BI customer. Actually, you could say they have not neglected the lower end anything customer.
Microsoft is "on the hunt for SMBs" according to a recent article.
As well, their SQL Server product has always had appeal to SMBs for business intelligence. SQL Server 2005 has a launch on November 7 in San Francisco. Every major city will have an event related to this launch. SQL Server should be released on or about that date. I have been analyzing SQL 2005 for business intelligence and will provide that analysis here at a later date. But I can say that I'm excited about the BI possibilities for SMBs.
Posted September 27, 2005 8:49 AM
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