Microsoft announced this week that it would be discontinuing its PerformancePoint Server after less than two years on the market and will be shifting the business intelligence (BI) software into the SharePoint Server.
Although the company has not talked publicly about the change, experts believe one of the motivating factors is Microsoft”s belief that it is better suited distributing the services through the Sharepoint enterprise content management system.
The BI segment appeared to be successful for the tech giant with IDC reporting last year that Microsoft saw its BI revenues rise 15.4 percent in 2007, leaving it behind only SAP”s Business Objects, IBM”s Cognos and Oracle with $566 million.
Microsoft”s BI product manager Kristina Kerr told ComputerWorld that this week”s decision is not related to layoffs announced last week and said that customers were looking to get more out of less with their products.
"We weren”t playing to our strengths, and consequently were running into the same glass ceiling of 20% deployment that every other BI vendor is," Kerr told the magazine. "We thought there was a much better way to achieve our goal of ”BI for the masses,” which is to make these features a seamless part of how they already work with SharePoint, SQL Server or Excel."