UK ERP software manufacturer Coda is working with Microsoft to redevelop core Coda products to run on the .net platform.
The next version of Coda-Analytics, Coda-Control and Coda-Intelligence will use the .net Framework, Windows Server 2003 and the next version of Microsoft's database, SQL Server 2005 Integration Services and Analysis Services.
There are also plans to integrate these products with Microsoft Office System and Sharepoint. The first product resulting from the alliance is due for general release in the second half of 2005.
In September 2004, student travel agent STA Travel completed a multimillion-pound global implementation of Coda-Financials to provide its executive team with central access to online reporting and business analytics.
The financial intelligence software was rolled out to finance departments in 17 countries linked to a single datacentre in the US.
Other Coda users include HSBC, Cornhill Insurance, Land Securities, Ikea, HMV, Travelex, P&O and EasyJet.
The supplier went through a series of changes during the late 1990s, being acquired by Baan then sold to Science Systems and renamed CodaSciSys.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has introduced the latest Community Technology Preview for SQL Server 2005, as well as new reporting features for SQL Server 2000.
The releases include Report Builder, Management Studio tools and additional 64-bit support.