Microsoft and business performance management firm Hyperion have announced plans to integrate their business intelligence products and improve their interoperability.
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Business users will be able to combine reports and data from Hyperion and Microsoft data sources into a single view, using their preferred delivery and analysis tools.
The move is the latest in a string of tie-ups between Microsoft and enterprise software firms.
In January, Microsoft issued free software giving access to Siebel customer information platforms via the Outlook e-mail program, while Mendocino – which will allow users to access data from SAP business applications through Microsoft’s Office suite – is set to be released on Friday.
The collaboration with Hyperion will include four initiatives to integrate Microsoft’s SQL Server 2005 technology – including its reporting, analysis and integration services – with Hyperion’s System 9 BI+.
Robert Bernard, general manager of the global ISV group at Microsoft, said, “We continue to hear from customers that the need for increased interoperability is significant in making the most of existing IT investments.
“Hyperion is a leader in business performance management, and we're looking forward to the opportunities this collaboration will bring to enterprise customers.”