Partners: Microsoft Reporting Services Will Cut BI Costs

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-01-27 Print this article Print

Microsoft partners say the company's new business-intelligence tool addresses a gap they've had to fill either by building their own tools or incorporating pricey third-party products.

Microsoft Corp. partners that are integrating into their products the companys newly released business-intelligence tool, Reporting Services, say the software will save end users money theyve long had to invest in third-party reporting tools or handwritten code. Caron Mooney, director of IS Partners—a Microsoft Solutions implementation company in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Business Intelligence—said that Reporting Services fills a longstanding gap in Microsofts product line. "Ive been in the Microsoft World since Visual Basic 1.0," she said. "One problem I always had is reports and distribution of reports. In the past, other people were filling that gap [in the Microsoft environment]."
Companies that filled that gap have included, for example, Crystal Reports Inc. Crystal was recently acquired by Business Objects SA—a move that may well have been motivated by Microsofts debut in the BI space, Mooney said. "I think one reason [Crystal sold itself] was they knew Microsoft was bringing out Reporting Services," she said. "The market was going to consolidate anyway."
Click here to read about Business Objects buyout of Crystal Reports. That consolidation is also evidenced by Hyperion Solutions Corp.s acquisition of Brio Software technology, as well as Informatica Corp.s purchase of Striva Corp. If consolidation means that database vendors are now taking business intelligence to heart, all the better, according to Anthony Peccerillo, vice president of software development for MaxQ Technologies Inc., a middle-market business solutions provider and Microsoft Gold partner in Norwalk, Conn. "The authoring and the storage of business intelligence should be a part of any database solution," he said. "To date theyve been broken out, so you have people like Crystal Reports and other reporting tools filling the gap. With Reporting Services, its part of the database. … [That means] we can devote our resources to providing a better solution to a market rather than building tools." Next page: The price is right.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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