Microsoft on Tuesday released a Community Technology Preview of PerformancePoint, which combines existing and new products such as Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager and business intelligence products the company acquired from ProClarity. The final version of the product is slated to be available by the end of September.
Allen Emerick, director of information for applications and integration at Skanska, said his company is using an OBA it built that combines Office Excel and PerformancePoint to budget and forecast construction projects. Previously, the company used Excel on the front end but had to build an XML (Extensible Markup Language) integration layer between Excel and various Microsoft-based data stores in the back end to achieve the same effect.
"Before, we had to do a lot of work to access the data," he said.
More information about OBAs can be found on the MSN portal dedicated to the technology.