Microsoft exec announces a new era in business intelligence. Again

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Earlier this month, Microsoft hosted a conference on business intelligence in Seattle to reinforce the message that it is going to provoke a major shake-out.

"Microsoft is charting a course to transform the BI marketplace as we know it," claimed Jeff Raikes, president of the Microsoft Business Division.

"By fundamentally changing the economic model for BI and delivering unprecedented ease of use, were enabling the broadest deployment of BI possible so employees can better contribute to a companys overall business performance."

There wasn't much new about that particular statement, but Raikes used the opportunity to preview the next version of SQL Server, code-named "Katmai", and PerformancePoint Server 2007, the integrated business intelligence suite due for...

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