Microsoft Low Cost To Scale For BI Reporting And Analysis Platforms

Microsoft’s business intelligence (BI) technology, including SQL Server 2005 with Integration Services for data integration, Reporting Services for production reporting, and Analysis Services for analytic functionality, provides a solid, albeit incomplete, solution for analytic and enterprise reporting. The offering provides good usability and application development capabilities, with average analytic functionality — highlighted by the OLAP functionality in Analysis Services. Microsoft is one of a growing number of vendors; including Actuate, Business Objects, Cognos, Hyperion, and MicroStrategy; that offer both analytic and enterprise reporting capabilities on an integrated platform; however, the newness and immaturity of Reporting Services with the brand new report authoring capabilities make this a work in progress. As a result, Microsoft is a strong performer in both enterprise and analytic reporting with a greater emphasis on analytic reporting.

[Via Recent Research from Forrester]