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When Microsoft kicked off its second annual business intelligence summit in Seattle, it did so with the announcement of enhancing end-user BI capabilities with Gemini, an Excel-based interface that will enable on-the-fly pivot table functionality with point-and-click ease of use. Organizations continue facing pressures to deliver timely information that effectively meets business goals. This requires companies to have access to the information, the ability to combine, aggregate and integrate this information, and then deliver it to people when, where and how they need it.
It is interesting to reflect on this post against the news earlier in the year that Microsoft were closing one of its entry level accounting packages.
The message coming out was that as most people did their accounts on Excel this should not be too much of an issue.