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BI Scorecard: Excel Integration

When choosing a business intelligence product, it's easy to skip over what many users care about most: Microsoft Excel integration.

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Methodology Note
Part 1 of this series contained a methodology note that described the hands-on evaluation of these products. This segment contains some exceptions to that methodology. The first: Excel integration for Cognos ReportNet changed dramatically in just-released 1.1; short time to press forced me to rely on scripted demos. The second: Technical difficulties left me unable to fully test Informatica's Excel macro functionality firsthand, so I relied partly on vendor documentation.