In 2005, the Microsoft Business Intelligence platform witnessed growth of 35.9% highlighting the massive uptake amongst our partners of our compelling technologies in this area.  Partners and customers are starting to take advantage of the amazing SQL Server 2005 platform around which we've built a superb set of BI tools and it's an area that is set to enjoy further success in the future.  Here are some quick facts from the IDC report that came out on the BI practice:

 

  • Microsoft made substantial forward movement, moving from the Challenger quadrant onto the line between the Leader and Challenger quadrants, on Gartner’s 2006 Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems.
  • Microsoft ranked among the top three vendors in revenue growth in IDC’s “Worldwide Data Warehousing Tools 2005 Vendor Shares” report.
  • Microsoft SQL Server™ revenue grew 35 percent year over year in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2006. More information is available at http://www.microsoft.com/msft/earnings/default.mspx.
  • Microsoft expanded its BI capabilities with the launches of SQL Server 2005 and Microsoft Office Business Scorecard Manager in November 2005.
    –More information about the launch of SQL Server 2005 is available at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/nov05/11-07RockTheLaunchUmbrellaPR.mspx.
    –More information about the launch of Office Business Scorecard Manager is available at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/oct05/10-23BiLaunchPR.mspx.
  • Microsoft enhanced its analytic capabilities with the acquisition of ProClarity Corp. in April. More information about the acquisition is available at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/apr06/04-03ProClarityPR.mspx.
  • Microsoft will further establish itself in the performance management space and enhance its BI offering with the upcoming launches of the 2007 Microsoft Office system and Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007. More information about those launches is available at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/jun06/06-06PPS07PR.mspx.
  • In July’s IDC report, “Worldwide Business Intelligence Tools 2005 Vendor Shares,” Microsoft’s BI tools revenue growth was more than twice that of the other leading database management systems (DBMS) and legacy pure-play BI vendors. Microsoft also ranked No. 1 in The OLAP Report’s annual OLAP Survey and in revenue growth in relational database management system vendor share reports by both IDC and Gartner.

More Resources

Read the full press article here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/sep06/09-22BIMomentumPR.mspx

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