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MS BI News Roundup

Two big pieces of news on the Microsoft BI front:

  1. Performance Point Server is being dismantled. After the next service pack, MS will cease develop of the product as its own entity. The Monitoring & Analytics capabilities will be bundled into the enterprise version of SharePoint. The Planning application looks to be dead in the water, however.Although PPS was complicated and unwieldly, it had potential and an interesting vision. I don’t see the failure of any part of the MS BI stack as a positive thing. The official press release and blog reactions are here.
  2. While Microsoft had previously described a major-minor release schedule as the model for SQL Server going forward, the next version sounds like an interesting departure from that. Code-named “Kilimanjaro”, the next SQL Server release has been described as minor and BI-focused.Two components described thus far are “Madison” – which incorporates DATAllegro technology enabling 100+ terabyte warehouses, and “Gemini”. If we can believe the hype, and in this case I think there may be something to it, Gemini will allow relatively large cubes to be built by Excel users in memory, queried and moved into SharePoint. Some details on this are here.

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