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I like the various blogs associated with my many hobbies and even those to do with work. I find them very useful and I was excited when the Business Intelligence Network invited me to write my very own blog. At last I now have somewhere to park all the various tidbits that I know are useful, but I am not sure what to do with. I am interested in a wide range of information technologies and so you might find my thoughts will bounce around a bit. I hope these thoughts will provoke some interesting discussions.

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Colin White is the founder of BI Research and president of DataBase Associates Inc. As an analyst, educator and writer, he is well known for his in-depth knowledge of data management, information integration, and business intelligence technologies and how they can be used for building the smart and agile business. With many years of IT experience, he has consulted for dozens of companies throughout the world and is a frequent speaker at leading IT events. Colin has written numerous articles and papers on deploying new and evolving information technologies for business benefit and is a regular contributor to several leading print- and web-based industry journals. For ten years he was the conference chair of the Shared Insights Portals, Content Management, and Collaboration conference. He was also the conference director of the DB/EXPO trade show and conference.

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Microsoft continues its assault and focus on the BI marketplace with the announcement of Office PerformancePoint Server 2007. This product combines analytics and scorecards with business planning, forecasting, budgeting and consolidation. This announcement continues the marketplace trend of bring planning systems closer to BI applications. It also represents a major threat to the planning products of other BI vendors like Business Objects, Cognos, and Hyperion given Microsoft's emphasis on integration with Microsoft Office and Excel.

The analytics component of PerformancePoint integrates technology acquired from ProClarity. The ProClarity acquisition is now complete and Microsoft will continue to sell and enhance the ProClarity product set. ProClarity customers, however, will be offered a migration path to PerformancePoint.

The scorecard component is based on Microsoft's existing Business Scorecard Manager product. A new "2007" version of BSM will be released concurrently with PerformancePoint.

The brand new component of PerformancePoint supports business planning, budgeting, forecasting and consolidation. The component consolidates and secures planning data on the PerformancePoint server. The planning data is integrated with both BI analytics and scorecards. The interface is very similar to Microsoft Excel, and Excel 2007 is tightly integrated with the product, as are other Microsoft Office 2007 components. The planning tool comes with the Microsoft Business Modeler.

PerformancePoint operations are defined as Web services and provided service APIs enable access from Microsoft and other third-party products. The Microsoft Dynamic ERP application will employ the capabilities of PerformancePoint, for example.

PerformancePoint will enter beta in the Fall of this year and will be released mid-year 2007. The early announcement of this product is apparently because certain features will be visible in the release of the Office 2007 product.

Posted June 6, 2006 3:57 PM
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The interesting item is Microsoft giving "credit" for products already purchased when upgrading to this from ProClarity or Balanced Scorecard Manager. This will certainly put a lot of pressure on the BI Pure plays.

I look forward to the release of MS PerformancePoint and the counter measures taken by other BI players.

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