It doesn’t surprise me to hear the Microsoft is consolidating its Business Intelligence (BI) offerings around three widely-used platforms: SharePoint Server, SQL Server and Microsoft Office Excel; most of PerformancePoint Server’s functionality will be merged into SharePoint Server.
I heard a Gartner analyst referring to Excel as the most widely used BI tool, and SQL Server is a common database for data warehousing. The SharePoint announcement further confirms to me that Microsoft sees that platform as an extension of the desktop and is working hard to make that extension as common as Windows.
The interesting gap for me is what has happened to ProClarity. Is that now part of PerformancePoint?