Microsoft President Jeff Raikes Declares, It’s a New Day for Business Intelligence

SEATTLE — May 9, 2007 — Jeff Raikes, president of the Microsoft Business Division, today will open the first Microsoft Business Intelligence (BI) Conference, with an overview of new developments to further enable Microsoft Corp.’s vision and strategy for delivering pervasive BI and performance management.

In addition to describing how Microsoft is leading the transformation of the BI market by enabling BI and performance management throughout the enterprise, Raikes will announce key milestones for Microsoft’s BI offering:

Microsoft’s product development vision and launch timeline for the next version of SQL Server™, code-named “Katmai”

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Strong momentum of Microsoft® Office PerformancePoint Server 2007

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Strategic partnerships with key global systems integrators Accenture, Capgemini and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS)

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Acquisition of SoftArtisans Inc.’s OfficeWriter for managed report authoring in Microsoft Office

“Microsoft is charting a course to transform the BI marketplace as we know it,” Raikes said. “By fundamentally changing the economic model for BI and delivering unprecedented ease of use, we’re enabling the broadest deployment of BI possible so employees can better contribute to a company’s overall business performance.”

View the full article here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/may07/05-09BINewDayPR.mspx

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