Microsoft took the opportunity yesterday to tout its strength in the Business Intelligence (BI) market and announce that Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 would be launched on September 19.
Microsoft Corp. today announced key milestones achieved within the business intelligence (BI) marketplace, including IDC’s recognizing Microsoft as one of the fastest-growing BI vendors in 2006. In IDC’s report, “Worldwide Business Intelligence Tools 2006 Vendor Shares,” analysts found that Microsoft had a growth rate of 28 percent, the highest among the top 10 industry vendors. In addition, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 was acknowledged by The OLAP Report as the No. 1 online analytical processing (OLAP) server on the market.
The same study gave Microsoft only a 7.7% share which, while good enough for a solid 4th place behind Business Objects, SAS, and Cognos; shows that they have a way to go. Or more congenially, a lot of upside potential.
As for PerformancePoint Server 2007:
In preparation for the upcoming releases, Microsoft issued its fourth and final community technology preview (CTP) for Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 as well as the July CTP for SQL Server 2008.
The CTP program has over 10,000 active members. The latest preview of PerformancePoint Server 2007 is available to the public at http://connect.microsoft.com, and enables customers and partners to preview and provide feedback on the latest pre-release versions of both products.
Presumably the actual availability date will be in close proximity to the launch date, but we can’t count on that from Microsoft these days as evidenced by SQL Server 2008.