Microsoft has unleashed the preview version of PerformancePoint, designed to widen the pool of business users able to use performance management tools.
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Scheduled for general release in mid-2007, PerformancePoint aims to broaden availability of dashboarding, planning, reporting and forecasting tools to operations people, as well as traditional finance users.
“Visibility of performance information is critical to decision support, but in many organisations much of this information is accessible by finance and not operations,” says Kathleen Wilhide, research director at IDC.
Users can access the number-crunching function of SQLserver 2005 analytics and reporting servers, but through the familiar Excel front-end.
“This has a significant positive impact on CIOs in large organisations struggling to drive standards and unify the 10 to 15 different performance management and custom business intelligence technologies across the enterprise,” says Scott Stein, BI practice director at Avanade.