SharePoint and PerformancePoint

For customers who have been sitting on the fence wondering if it was worth the added cost to head down the eCal path then the offer suddenly go a whole lot sweeter. Already the eCal included as a part of it not only Office Enterprise but also the Enterprise edition of SharePoint. In the Enterprise edition customers then had access to InfoPath Forms Services, Excel Services, and the Business Data Catalog. All three of these are very desirable and compelling for many customers in enabling their business units but now that whole pot got a lot sweeter. Yesterday Microsoft announced that Microsoft Performance Point Server will no longer require another costly purchase. Rather, it is now part and parcel of that eCal suite which is a HUGE value add. The SharePoint as an Enterprise platform story continues to grow and in the coming months there will be additional announcements to build on that story (no I will not be spilling the beans here but the next few months will certainly be exciting ones for SharePoint…. and we haven't even hit the big MOSS 14 mania wave yet ;-) With the economy showing no signs of rebounding quickly and IT budgets becoming more constrained this is great news in delivering increased real world value that again helps deliver a MOSS platform that assists with cost takeout and platform consolidation. I have been hoping and internally occasionally venting that we needed to do this as well as some additional pieces and I am personally very excited about the direction we are starting to move in with the platform.

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