The Business Intelligence Update – September 2008

  HOT TOPICS   Register NOW for the 2nd Annual Microsoft BI Conference – click here!   25% Discount Promotion – Microsoft Office SharePoint ECAL / PerformancePoint Server CAL *** extended through September 30, 2008   Assessment Tool for Business Intelligence  – compare your infrastructure against industry best practices and the latest IT research   Online Demo:… Read more

The Update – August 2008

  HOT TOPICS   Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2008   Register NOW for the 2nd Annual Microsoft BI Conference – click here!   25% Discount Promotion – Microsoft Office SharePoint ECAL / PerformancePoint Server CAL *** extended through September 30, 2008   Microsoft to Acquire DATAllegro What the Microsoft-DATAllegro Deal Means for Customers, Vendors and BI  … Read more

The Update – July 2008

  HOT TOPICS   Gates exits Microsoft to focus on charity work   BI Trends: The Next Generation of Performance Management IDC Report Sees Steady Growth for BI, Pent-Up Demand for Analytics Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in BI, Analytics?   Kimball University: Microsoft SQL Server Comes of Age for Data Warehousing Microsoft Dynamics AX… Read more

Compare SQL Server Reporting Services & Crystal Reports

To date, many organizations have relied on Crystal Reports for production reporting of data stored in SQL Server.  But with the release of SQL Server 2005, Microsoft offers a version of Reporting Services that is an excellent alternative to Crystal Reports, so many organizations are migrating away from Business Objects licensing to the Microsoft platform.    The following article compares the two reporting applications… Read more

Compare PerformancePoint Server – Pricing Strategy

  Access to PerformancePoint Server license costs can be found by simply running a search on for PerformancePoint pricing.  The top results will direct you to the PerformancePoint site and the ‘How to Buy’ link.   There are three license types for PerformancePoint: – Server  ($20K) – Client Access License, or CAL  ($195/user) ** This is a Server/CAL license model; there are not licenses for… Read more

Compare SharePoint Products – Business Intelligence features

SharePoint Products Comparison – download detailed feature matrix   Business Intelligence features of SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise: (that are not included in SharePoint Server 2007 Standard, SharePoint Services 3.0 or SharePoint Portal Server 2003)   Excel Services Data Connection Libraries Business Data Catalog Business Data Web Parts Business Data Actions Business Intelligence Dashboards Report Center Key Performance Indicators… Read more

Compare SQL Server Enterprise & Standard Editions – Business Intelligence features

  Enterprise & Standard Edition Feature Comparisons: – Microsoft SQL Server 2008  – Microsoft SQL Server 2005     Business Intelligence features of SQL Server Enterprise Edition: (that are not in the Standard Edition)   Advanced Analytics – Account intelligence – Linked measures and dimensions – Perspectives – Semiadditive measures – Writeback dimensions Scalability and Performance – Proactive… Read more

Webcast Update – Data Mining Add-Ins for the 2007 Office System

MICROSOFT ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: Technet Webcast: Data Mining Add-Ins for the 2007 Office System (Level 200)   Recorded: November 27, 2006 Jamie MacLennan, Development Manager, Microsoft   Length: 59 minutes   Agenda: Overview: Data Mining for the masses Product Demo: SQL Server 2005 Data Mining – Table Analysis tools for Excel 2007 – Data Mining Client for Excel 2007… Read more

Webcast Update – Microsoft Office PerformancePoint 2007 demo

  MICROSOFT ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: Microsoft Office PerformancePoint: Optimizing Business Performance   Recorded: April 7, 2008 Michael Patterson, Microsoft Corporation   Length: 57 minutes   Agenda: Overview: Microsoft BI Product Demo: PerformancePoint Server 2007   – demo also showcases some capabilities of SharePoint 2007, SQL Server 2005 , Excel 2007   Content:          00:00 – 13:21   Opening Slides Microsoft BI Vision &… Read more

The Update – June 2008

  HOT TOPICS   PerformancePoint Webcast Demo – hosted by Jason Morales June 17, 11am (PDT)   Announcing PerformancePoint Server 2007 Service Pack 1 The Payoff of Pervasive Performance Management  Video – Business Intelligence by Role (CFO, Operations Mgr, IT Director, Sales Mgr) Subscribe – Microsoft Business Intelligence Newsletter    Results from the BI Survey… Read more