VARBusiness recently covered the emergence of BI based on a survey conducted by the publication. Microsoft was ranked highest against the pure play vendors. This is a big win and a great example of Microsoft’s BI momentum.
"Half of solution providers plan to sell BI solutions in the next 18 months, for example; and 16 percent of those folks are diving into the space for the first time or expanding existing BI practices. Helping drive momentum, technology vendors such as Microsoft, Business Objects, Oracle and Sage Software have flooded the channel with friendlier wares aimed at penetrating the vast midmarket."
"Nearly one-third of respondents dubbed the company (Microsoft) the most innovative in BI, followed by Business Objects and Oracle. Microsoft also ranked tops in CRM and accounting software."
"Microsoft has worked wonders with its SQL Reporting Services software, which partners are using to quickly build customized reporting and analytics solutions."