Partners: Microsoft Reporting Services Will Cut BI Costs
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 Partnersa Microsoft Solutions implementation company in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Business Intelligencesaid 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 SAa 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."