MICROSOFT'S LESSER-KNOWN BI EFFORT
Microsoft will begin shipping BI software for small and midsize businesses in June. BIO for Microsoft Dynamics SL manages finances, project accounting, distribution operations and field service work. It creates that coveted "unified view" of performance data for accounting staff, executives, engineering teams and salespeople. BIO (Business Intelligence Optimization) turns Dynamics SL's basic reports into analytic views that let managers identify weak spots and perform root-cause analysis, drilling down to actual transaction data. Sixty prebuilt analytic reports can be viewed in Excel, SharePoint Services and other Office software. BIO starts at $3,600, Dynamics SL starts at $5,000; SQL Server is required.
ENDECA ROLLS OUT NEW SEARCH PLATFORM
Endeca has introduced Information Access Platform--an integration and enhancement of its existing search and analytics products. The core of the software, MDEX (Meta-Relational Index) Engine, is designed to reveal underlying relationships in content and data, and provide guided navigation. An Information Transformation Layer is intended to unite disparate sources of data; it can index Web pages, text documents, database tables and more.
SOLUTION SENDS PAPER SALES ORDERS INTO SAP
Document delivery software Esker DeliveryWare now provides inbound document capture. It uses a version of ScanSoft OmniPage to capture and perform character recognition on faxed, e-mailed and scanned paper sales orders, then exports the data into SAP according to predefined business rules. The 4.0 release also offers a new Document Manager for managing document workflow, maintaining audit trails and reporting. The base server is $13,000.