Microsoft Plans to Expand BI to Performance Management
PerformancePoint Server 2007 expands Microsoft's footprint beyond BI, and brings it into the realm of performance managementan area that uses BI metrics to answer the "what's next" question for businesses.The June 6 announcement of Microsofts new Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 is more than a continuation of the companys business intelligence strategy, its a galvanizing force that puts a product in front of its many disparate technologies, industry watchers say. PerformancePoint Server 2007, due in the first half of 2007, expands Microsofts footprint beyond BI, and brings it into the realm of performance managementan area that uses BI metrics to answer the "whats next" question for businesses. However, the real mojo behind PerformancePoint Server is its ability to bring together Microsoft "classic" technologies including SQL Server (reporting services, analysis services and data transformation services), Office (Excel and Excel Services in Office 2007), SharePoint Server 2007, and to some degree Microsofts next generation ERP suite, Dynamics.
"Office and SQL are two distinct entities. That there is now a common mechanism to display their goods [through PerformancePoint] the thing is, theyre integrated," said Keith Gile, principal analyst with Forrester Research.