Tool Smooths Decision Makers Tasks
New analysis software set to be launched by Microsoft Corp. in the fall is aimed at nontechnical staff whose enterprises use Microsoft's SQL Server but who don't need the advanced functions of third-party tools.New analysis software set to be launched by Microsoft Corp. in the fall is aimed at nontechnical staff whose enterprises use Microsofts SQL Server but who dont need the advanced functions of third-party tools. The Data Analyzer software, part of the Redmond, Wash., companys Office XP series, will be sold as an independent product, not included with any version of the Office suite and not offered as a hosted application "in the Office XP time frame," said Office XP Product Manager Lisa Gurry. However, "it will play a role in .Net," Gurry said, declining to give details.
Data Analyzer will help decision makers, not technical staff, see multiple data sets in one interface. The software includes templates for identifying and filtering data, as well as links to SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services and to Microsofts Excel 2002 and PowerPoint 2002. Users will be able to save analyzed data to Excel and Microsofts Access, from which it can be published into XML (Extensible Markup Language), but there are no direct links to XML or to Wireless Application Protocol, Gurry said.