Microsoft Advances Its Business Intelligence Solution

Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007

Microsoft Corp released of the first community technology preview (CTP) for its integrated performance management application Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007.

Scheduled for general availability in mid-2007, Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 brings together next-generation monitoring, analytics and planning capabilities in a complete performance management application.

Beginning today, customers can visit this site to download the first bits of code and test the product's capabilities in a real-world business environment.

Office PerformancePoint Server CTP 1 will combine the planning, budgeting, forecasting and financial consolidation capabilities of the product code-named "BizSharp" and the scorecarding functionality of Microsoft Office Business Scorecard Manager Server 2005.

CTP 2, scheduled for early 2007, will incorporate the functionality of CTP 1 and analytics from ProClarity(R) 6.2. Microsoft plans to release either one or two additional CTPs before the general availability of the product scheduled for mid-2007.

Office PerformancePoint Server CTP Available for Download

The CTP process provides an opportunity for customers, partners and Microsoft to collaborate on the validation of the product strategy, implementation and road map through an array of activities focused on building better software together. Beginning today, users can download the CTP. Also on this site, registrants will have access to training materials and peer-to-peer news groups. They can even register there to qualify for private training sessions.

A Microsoft Technology Adoption Program (TAP) for Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, which includes participants from Global 2000 companies as well as midsize businesses and spans numerous industries, has been under way since April 2006.

Industry partners are also reporting momentum around the performance management application, citing the fact that functionality is delivered in front-end tools such as Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office products, and that customers are able to use and expand their existing Microsoft IT investments that include SQL Server(TM), the Windows Server(R) operating system and Office SharePoint(R) Portal Server.

In addition, Microsoft's Corporate Finance department implemented Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 for revenue forecasting earlier this year. With PerformancePoint Server, Microsoft aims to bring performance management to all employees in an organization -- not just a small percentage of BI power users or financial analysts -- to help companies better manage their business.