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Microsoft takes wraps off performance management app

Microsoft has announced a new performance management application, boosted by analytics and visualisation technology from the acquisition of specialist software firm ProClarity.

The announcement is part of a Microsoft push deeper into the business applications market, launched earlier this year and backed by a $500m (£285m) marketing campaign. The software giant’s new focus on business intelligence has also seen a series of tie-ups with enterprise software firms, including Hyperion, Siebel and SAP.

The new product, Office Performancepoint Server 2007, puts data and business intelligence requirements onto a centrally managed server. It offers business scorecarding, analytics, budgeting, forecasting, consolidation and financial reporting features, accessed through Microsoft Office’s Excel, Outlook and SharePoint applications.

It incorporates a business modeler design and modeling component, aimed at enhancing the partnership between IT and business analysts. The modelling tool is designed to allow business managers and analysts to manage roles, workflows, rules and data without the need for IT support.

A beta version of Performancepoint Server will be available in the autumn with a full launch set for the middle of next year. Microsoft also plans to incorporate Performancepoint with its Dynamics Enterprise Resource Planning applications.


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