Inside Microsoft Business Intelligence, New URL and new focus

You may have noticed a lot of changes to our blog lately.  We spent some time upgrading to the latest version of community server and you should be noticing a new look and more speed to the site.  But we have a bigger focus now.

We also have a new URL in http://www.InsideMSFTBI.com.  We have this new URL because we are no longer focusing on Microsoft Performance Management software like PerformancePoint.  We are going to focus on the ENTIRE Microsoft suite of business intelligence tools.  We need to do this as there is just so much more than just focusing on one tool to do the job.   We also chose www.InsideMSFTBI.com because we work live and work at Microsoft doing business intelligence projects in all the divisions, so we know a lot about what is coming in the near future from the respective product groups.

We will be focusing on the following software going forward

  • Excel 2007 and 2010
  • SharePoint Enterprise 2007 and 2010
  • PerformancePoint Services for SharePoint
  • Excel Services 2007 and 2010
  • SilverLight and Business Intelligence
  • PushBI by Extended Results (Desktop Monitoring and Mobile Business Intelligence)
  • SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 (SQL, SSIS, SSAS, MDS)
  • Gemini

Our major writing theme is called Personalized Business Intelligence.  When we approach our business intelligence projects, we are focused on creating a Personalized Business Intelligence experience and this includes and means that we are going to use the RIGHT tool for the job.  There is a lot of marketing going on with the big business intelligence vendors about “Self-Serve”.   That is kind of like putting, bear with me, Lipstick on a Pig.   They are just packaging up the same solutions but calling it “Self-Serve”.   We do not really believe in that because we have been doing that with the different business intelligence tools for years and it only works some of the time.   Really it is about taking those same tools and extending them so they work like the end-user works.   That is the Key!   But we will blog about that later.

As always, please feel free to send us a comment.

Enjoy the blog

Patrick Husting

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