SAP and Microsoft have finally realized that their products will increasingly be evaluated by how well they interconnect, how flexible they are, and how intuitive their user interfaces are. However, these trends have already been incorporated by lesser-known vendors.
Excel metaphor (see Vendors Harness Excel (and Office) to Win the Lower-end of Business Intelligence Market ). Microsoft Dynamics Snap Most recently, on February 20, Microsoft announced the release of Microsoft Dynamics Snap , a collection of software programs that, well, snap in to Microsoft Office 2003. Like Mendocino, these four new programs aim for easier data coordination and management for certain Microsoft Dynamics business management solutions, via the familiar Microsoft Office 2003 interface.