Been seeing a bit more comment appearing on the purchase of ProClarity by Microsoft.
The general feeling seems to be that it is a good thing but it does seem to leave the Microsoft BI strategy a bit up in the air.
Cube Geek has this analysis . He also says "It's also something of a slap to the internal people behind Microsoft Reporting Services, which although not very good for high-end apps is a good me-too against Business Objects, Cognos and Hyperion on the low end."
Now I don't think this is an issue for Reporting Services as that is a very different beast targeted at a clearly different requirement, however, I do think that it will cause a significant conflict with the Business Scorecard Manager Team and the Biz Sharp group. Especially with a rumored V2 of BSM in the Summer and Biz# later in the year.
I will be very interested to hear what Ian Tien really has to say on the matter.
I will also be keeping a close watch on how they set the licensing. At the moment there is Reporting Services – Free with SQL Server, BSM – relatively cheap CAL Licence but not free and the upcoming Office Server product range. Just where will they pitch it?