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BE Attends Microsoft’s 2nd Annual Business Intelligence Conference

October 2008 – Seattle, WA

BE attended the second annual Microsoft Business Intelligence (BI) Conference 2008 on October 6th which focused on groundbreaking new technologies that will enable enterprises to bring the power of BI to information workers organization wide.

Microsoft introduced new managed self-service analysis capabilities code-named “Project Gemini,” and self-service reporting upcoming in the next release of Microsoft SQL Server focused on BI — code-named “Kilimanjaro.” Alongside this Microsoft will also deliver advanced data warehousing functionality being developed under the project code-named “Madison.” These new tools will enable organizations to extend the benefits of BI across their ranks to information workers with minimal reliance on IT to help drive smarter, quicker decision-making, free up IT staff for more valuable activities, and dramatically drive down deployment costs. This is exactly the type of technology that our large government customers need to utilize.

“Microsoft’s goal is to transform the way companies think of BI through familiar and intuitive business-friendly tools that help them unlock the power of BI across their organizations,” Stephen Elop, president of the Microsoft Business Division told the more than 2,500 conference attendees. “If you know how to use Word and Excel, then you’ll be able to use our BI — that’s our commitment to customers.”

The conference also highlighted several large enterprise customer deployments of Microsoft BI technologies and products. Overall, the event was a valuable opportunity for BE.