Anyone - who's a regular reader of this blog (I think there's about 3 other than my immediate family) will know that I have a real fascination of the role web 2.0 will have in transforming the business intelligence landscape. Over the past couple of weeks there's been some really interesting announcements.
In late March it was announced that Sharp Analytics had been acquired by digital marketing agency iCrossing. Undoubtedly an interesting and bold move. Tom Huddock interviewed CEO Chuck Sharp which you can find here. What's really interesting about this is that Chuck sees himself as a marketer first and a technologist second, and I kind of like this philosophy. Often we get bogged-down in the technology and often the business benefits were looking to deliver are lost.
Tom also pointed me to another Microsoft partner 90 degree software who have a new reporting solution that was designed using Windows Presentation Foundation, and integrates really nicely into the Microsoft Dynamics stack. I've attached a link to Tom's discussion with Michael Matrick - Co-founder and President. These guys will actually be exhibiting at BI Conference in Seattle - so if you get the chance I'd encourage you to go and have a look at some of the cool stuff they're doing on our platform.
Incidentally - if you're not regular readers of Tom's blog - I'd encourage you to check it out.
Finally I wanted to draw your attention to the guys at Proto.
Proto is a Windows based mashup application designed to join your desktop apps with the web. You need the Windows application to both create and use the mashups. It’s component based, joining your desktop and web apps by pulling data from your desktop applications, such as Outlook, and feeding it into online web components, such as Yahoo! maps. Guys if you're reading this - I'd love to see the mashup recreated using Microsoft virtual earth . Proto has the Visual Basic for Applications development environment (VBA IDE) and Adobe Flash baked in, so you can create your own modules to pull and display data from your applications.
So what of Microsoft BI and a foray into the world of Web 2.0 - it's a question I get asked a lot. I think priority 1 for us at the moment is getting the rich-client performance management solution in market - but there's huge amounts of work going on within our Live Services group at the moment which we'll hopefully be taping into in the not too distant future. We're discouraged from hypothesizing any more than this but it's certainly something I'd love to see.