Microsoft Deal Gives Great Plains Analytical Upgrade
Microsoft is acquiring code from a little-known analytics company that will be used as part of a series of upgrades to Microsoft Business Solutions' Great Plains ERP suite.Microsoft Corp. is acquiring code from a little-known analytics company that should help the software maker beef up analytics capabilities in Microsoft Business Solutions Great Plains ERP suite. The code, called Webhouse, comes from Microsoft partner Professional Advantage Pty. Ltd., of Sydney, Australia, and will be used as part of a series of upgrades to the Microsoft Great Plains suite. The upgrades will come as extensions covering four areas: analytics, industry functionality, flexibility and extensibility. The first product8.0 Extensions for Microsoft Great Plains 8.0will be available this month.
For enhanced analytics, 8.0 Extensions will add a new Business Intelligence Foundation Layer for deeper financial analysis and better capabilities for tracking information flow. Microsoft Great Plains 8.0 Professional Edition includes Great Plains Analysis Cubes for Excel, based on the Webhouse code.