Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager 2005 has allowed Microsoft to enter the business intelligence (BI) market by using its client base to expand its offering. Microsoft offers a complete solution with its SQL Server platform, OLAP, reporting analysis, and scorecarding capabilities.
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BI to the small-to-medium (SMB) market, making it accessible to all decision makers across the organization. Additionally, Microsoft's recent acquisition of ProClarity and its recent announcement of next year's full release of PerformancePoint 2007 , an integrated performance management suite, indicate that its focus now includes the BI market. Microsoft's low cost high-volume strategy, and its goal to make its BI and performance management suite as popular as e-mail, will help drive demand for BI in the