Microsoft's business intelligence (BI) strategy will soon consolidate capabilities found within Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 into Microsoft Office SharePoint Server Enterprise and now branding them as PerformancePoint Services for SharePoint. The move helps fulfill the mission of bringing BI to the masses and set Microsoft apart from many of the BI vendors that require the purchase of specialized applications.

In an interview published on PressPass, Kurt DelBene, senior vice president of the Office Business Platform Group at Microsoft, discusses changes to Microsoft’s business intelligence strategy, including how customers and their businesses will benefit through pervasive BI.

The scorecard, dashboard and analytical capabilities of Office PerformancePoint Server are being consolidated into Microsoft Office SharePoint Server Enterprise. In mid-2009, we will release Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3), which will include updates to the current product’s planning module. According to the announcement, we will no longer continue with a stand-alone version of Office PerformancePoint Server 2007.

DelBene says, "We want to give what customers need in a way that makes sense for their business — through the widely adopted Office SharePoint Server, the planning and analysis tool Microsoft Office Excel, and the highly scalable Microsoft SQL Server."

For more information, see Microsoft Brings Business Intelligence to the Masses With SharePoint.