The Death of Business Intelligence

PerformancePoint terminated – Some more facts

Posted in Crisis & Turmoil, Microsoft by janmorath on January 23, 2009

This topic is obviously developing by the minute. A lot of sources seem to have the same information on this including Decidio (in french). So – some more facts and rumors from the cloud…

IMPORTANT: All of the below mentioned information is so far unconfirmed by Microsoft Now Confirmed by Microsoft – Official Blog 1, Blog 2 and Video

Microsoft will announce an update to its Microsoft Business Intelligence roadmap. Microsoft’s continued strategy is to deliver BI through Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) and Excel – and of course based on Microsoft SQL Server BI.

  • Microsoft states that based on customer feedback they are moving Monitoring and Analysis from Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server into Office SharePoint Server Enterprise. In mid 2009 a PerformancePoint Server 2007 service pack 3 will be released. After that point no further investment in the standalone versions of PerformancePoint Server is to be expected. Microsoft will of course continue to support the product. This effectively means the end of the Planning piece.
  • PerformancePoint Server 2007 will disappear from Microsoft price list as of April 1, 2009. Monitoring and analytics capabilities will be included in the next release of SharePoint Server and will be available to SharePoint Enterprise CAL customers. 
  • PerformancePoint Server will be available only to SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise CAL customers with Software Assurance only. 
  • Core ProClarity capabilities will migrate to SharePoint and Excel over the coming releases

UPDATE: Read more on this in the Chris Webb blog about his further thoughts on the death of PPS Planning. And from a SharePoint perspective this is of course good news! (some more SharePoint perspectives)


Job cuts and BI cuts at Microsoft – PerformancePoint terminated – Microsoft leaves the BI application market

Posted in Crisis & Turmoil, Microsoft by janmorath on January 23, 2009

Microsoft made a grand entrance to the BI market with its PerformancePoint server. Aimed primarily at the high-end market the server has been a first version of a complete BI planning application package. Together with 5000 job cuts Microsoft now terminates the PerformancePoint server. Completely scrapping the Planning, the remaining parts Monitoring and Analytics will be rolled up into the giant Office SharePoint server in its Enterprise CAL edition which is the place where Excel Server lives. Microsoft is thereby going back to its roots integrating the remains of its BI offering into the Office platform.

Where will Microsoft head with BI now?

This news leaves a lot of unanswered questions

  • Will the BI focus of the SharePoint team be sufficient for Microsoft to be a major player on the BI applications market?

  • Will current and future customers trust the Microsoft BI strategy to be a core business asset?

  • Will partners that have made huge investments in PerformancePoint be able to transition these into the new offerings?

  • Will there ever be another Microsoft BI conference?

  • Or as Chris Webb says “Perhaps the future is Gemini? Who knows…”

In these exciting times one thing remains true. The SQL Server team continues to deliver the greatest Microsoft BI product around. Which is a comfort to all of us in the Microsoft partner community!