Microsoft releases PerformancePoint preview

Microsoft has released the first community technology preview of PerformancePoint Server 2007, its integrated performance management software.

Microsoft has released the first community technology preview of PerformancePoint Server 2007, its integrated performance management software.

The commercial product is scheduled for launch in mid-2007, and will provide analytics and financial planning capabilities built on top of SQL Server 2005.

The preview includes planning, budget, forecast and score-card functions. A second preview, expected early next year, will add analytics based on Microsoft’s ProClarity acquisition.

Many businesses using PerformancePoint will run Microsoft's Office suite as a front-end to access the business intelligence held in the new package.

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