Microsoft is set to launch a portion of its business intelligence technology platform, PerformancePoint Server 2007, at an event in New York on Sept. 20.
The second piece to Microsoft's BI technology triad, SQL Server 2008 (code-named Katmai), is scheduled to ship in the second quarter of 2008. The company's third major tech component, Office 2007, is available now—and will be integrated with PerformancePoint Server 2007.
But with the company's BI strategy spread over three major components with a remaining year-long release cycle, will businesses have the luxury to wait?
In a recent report, IT research firm IDC found that the BI market grew by more than 11 percent in 2006, with the BI tools market driven by the need for improved CPM (Corporate Performance Management) and, to a lesser extent, compliance software.
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