Good news from www.olapreport.com – Microsoft continues to be number 1 and grow OLAP market share!
We have almost one third of the market share (31.6%) (last year 27.9%).
We were also one of the few vendors that actually grew market share last year and with the exception of Applix, Microsoft was the fastest growing OLAP vendor.
"Microsoft finally managed to release its long-delayed SQL Server 2005 a few weeks before the end of 2005, so the much enhanced new release was available for all of 2006. The growth rate of SQL Server (and therefore Analysis Services) duly jumped, and ran at over 30 percent throughout the year. This increased growth rate is unlikely to continue in 2007, as no major releases are due.
During 2006, Microsoft also acquired ProClarity. With Microsoft behind it, ProClarity’s sales also jumped. Note that the mere acquisition of ProClarity did not increase Microsoft's OLAP market share, as we were already including ProClarity in the Microsoft ecosystem, but the acceleration of ProClarity sales does increase it slightly, assuming that some of the ProClarity sales were made instead of Excel rather than, say, Panorama.
Microsoft announced PerformancePoint in late 2006, which will ship in about September 2007. It entered the CTP phase at the end of 2006, and was quickly downloaded thousands of times. Although PerformancePoint itself is unlikely to generate significant revenues during 2007, it may help SQL Server sales. In any case, PerformancePoint will replace ProClarity and Microsoft’s existing Business Scorecard Manager, so some of its sales will simply replace the older products."
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