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Thank you for visiting my blog. I am a Cofounder & Technical Advisor here at the BeyeNETWORK. Having covered the business intelligence and data warehousing industry for more than 15 years, I'm looking forward to a more interactive form of communication with all of you. Please share your comments and thoughts!



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I am still in the press conference, Microsoft just introduced Ulf Hilton, Group Finance Manager of Oticon A/S a billion dollar revenue manufacturing firm located in Copenhagen with 4,800 employees with 50 subsidiaries in 24 countries.

Its no surprise that Oticon saw Microsoft as a good source for business intelligence based on the extensive Office install base they had throughout the company. I really think this is the linchpin for Microsoft. They own the world of office applications they are better positioned than anyone to bring business intelligence and performance management to companies. The Oticon story is pretty good. I am sure Microsoft will have white papers available soon the project will go live in early 08.

Tags: Microsoft, Business Intelligence PerformancePoint, Business Performance Management

Posted September 19, 2007 11:06 AM
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KABOOM!!! Yep that sound you heard at 10:30 AM MST was the change in the business intelligence landscape that many people have been waiting for, Jeff Raikes, President of the Microsoft Business Division, announced the launch of Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, Microsoft’s new performance management application during a press conference. It's going to be an interesting ride the next couple months as Microsoft attacks the BI space with its full line up of solutions.


I've spoken here before about my believe in pervasive business intelligence. Microsoft is going to alter the existing paradigm for business intelligence and they are off to a great start. Raikes highlighted the hiring of over 100 employees to drive the BI division as well as highlighting that they have over 10,000 customer presently enrolled the Customer Technology Program (CTP) a way for customers to preview and work with emerging Microsoft technology. Over 1,000 partners are trained and ready to support the initiative. The CTP enrollment is an interesting number when you think about the number in comparison to the install base of many business intelligence solution providers....bottom line Microsoft has more people involved in CTP that most companies have customers.

I am still on the call....stay tuned for more.

Tags: Microsoft, Business Intelligence PerformancePoint, Business Performance Management

Posted September 19, 2007 10:52 AM
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The momentum behind Microsoft's business intelligence initiatives continues to move forward at a steady pace. The Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 enters Community Technology Preview (CTP) version 3 today. I haven't had a chance to see it in action yet but you can get a copy by visiting the Connect site http://connect.microsoft.com/site/sitehome.aspx?SiteID=181

Tags: Business Intelligence, Microsoft, PerformancePoint

Posted June 26, 2007 10:27 AM
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Congratulations to the winners from our booth give aways at the Microsoft Business Intelligence Summit. It was great to see so many readers and fans of the Network in person. I also appreciate the kind words several of you shared with me out my blog.

Microsoft Zune Winner:
Jama Metcalf (AIM Healthcare)

Book Winners:
Rob Das (Colonial School District Administrative Offices)
Gary Harasymchuk (Imaginet)
Courtney Acosta (Crescent Bank and Trust)
Kim Berlin (Stonybrook University)

Posted May 19, 2007 7:19 PM
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I caught up with Alex Payne of Microsoft to get more details on the announcment they made at the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit in the UK. As I mentioned in my previous post the briefing was standing room only and centered around Performance Point Server.

The thousand foot view is pretty simple. Performance Point allows Microsoft to service both ends of the market. They can provide the power user with the features they need and on the same platform can provide pervasive business intelligence services across the enterprise.

I think the most notable aspect of the announcement is how simple the licensing agreement is. Usually they read like stereo instructions, that isn't the case here.

  • Performance Point Server - 20K per server, no per processor or seat pricing
  • Client Access License - start at $195 per seat and can even go lower if you qualify for Microsoft Volume Pricing. (so most of you probably can get them for less)
  • External Connectors- 30k optional and allows you to set up an extranet for customers and partners.

No matter how you do the math this model is a far cry from the $250,000 server and $1,500 seat licenses that has been the norm for a long time.

The software gives users broad access to 3 important business intelligence sets of functionality, Monitoring, Analysing, and Planning (more on the features here). The ability to customize these sets of features for a flat price will really make it easy for companies to adopt the program.

I'm sure that not everyone in the space is pleased that Microsoft has lowered the pricing hurdle to this level but isn't it the missing link of truly pervasive business intelligence? This is a very disruptive and powerful play by Microsoft into the space.

So what are your thoughts? Is this what is needed to fuel the growth of business intelligence? I look forward to hearing from you on this one.

Nicely done Microsoft.

Technorati Tags: Business Intelligence, Performance Point, Microsoft, Alex Payne, Pervasive Business Intelligence, Gartner

Posted February 12, 2007 3:54 PM
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