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The news is that Microsoft announced it has agreed to acquire ProClarity.
Now a decent client for Analysis Services 2005 will be available from Microsoft, and I hope that a new commercial licensing scheme will allow to small companies to get a mixed combination of (many) Excel and (few) ProClarity desktop clients. I often have customers who have no more than 2/3 users that could really leverages on ProClarity features, while other can use Excel or predefined (Reporting Services) reports to see daily updated data.
But I think the real reason for the acquisition is to get a really strong and consistent portfolio of BI products to play very hard into the growing BI market.
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Marco Russo is a consultant, writer and trainer specialized in Business Intelligence with Microsoft technologies. He runs the SQLBI.COM website, which is dedicated to distribute resources useful for BI developers, like Integration Services components, Analysis Services models, tools, technical information and so on. Marco is certified as MCT, MCDBA, MCSD.NET, MCSA, MCSE+I.