REDMOND, Wash. â April 3, 2006 â Microsoft Corp. today announced it has agreed to acquire ProClarity Corp., a software company based in Boise, Idaho, that develops advanced analysis and visualization technologies that work in association with Microsoftâs business intelligence (BI) platform, which includes MicrosoftÂ® SQL Serverâ¢ 2005, Microsoft Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005, Microsoft Office ExcelÂ® and Microsoft Office SharePointÂ® Portal Server. The upcoming release of the 2007 Microsoft Office system significantly increases and broadens Microsoftâs investment in BI, and this acquisition deepens that investment, providing functionality that includes additional advanced analysis and visualization technologies as well as business-logic-driven âguidedâ analysis.
Microsoftâs BI strategy aims to broaden the reach of business intelligence by providing an easy and integrated user experience for accessing and working with business information so that decision-makers at all levels in an organization can make more informed decisions and drive better performance. The goal is to reach every individual, add value to every decision, and help organizations align people and initiatives to business strategy. ProClarityâs technology and people will help accelerate Microsoftâs business intelligence strategy, provide increased BI functionality, increase customer value and enhance opportunities for industry partners to integrate BI into business applications.
âProClarity has been a valued Microsoft partner for many years, with a strong R&D organization, more than 1,200 mutual customers and a sales force that already works closely with ours,â said Jeff Raikes, president of the Business Division at Microsoft. âThis acquisition advances our BI strategy and our ability to deliver performance management applications to customers.â
âOur focus at ProClarity is to give organizations a simple, powerful and adaptable interface to insight, expanding on the power of the Microsoft business intelligence platform. We share Microsoftâs enthusiasm for making BI accessible to all decision-makers within an organization,â said Bob Lokken, CEO of ProClarity. âWe look forward to applying our people and our technology to have even greater customer impact as an integrated, strategic asset within Microsoft.â
The acquisition builds on Microsoftâs recent progress expanding its BI offerings, from the fall introductions of SQL Server 2005 and Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005 to the forthcoming BI capabilities within the 2007 Office system releases of Excel and SharePoint.