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What Were You Doing One Year Ago?

Posted by Alan on January 22, 2010

I know this post is a day early, but January 23rd falls on a Saturday this year so I figured I would post it now.  For most people it was an average day, but if you were a Microsoft B.I. partner who was heavily invested in the Planning components of PerformancePoint Server 2007, then January 23rd is a day that is probably etched in your memory.

As it happened, a couple days before I got a call from a contact who wanted to give us a heads-up that there was going to be an announcement about PerformancePoint that would effect  Planning partners.  The problem was that they didn’t know what it was or if it was good news or bad news.   That whole day we tried to brainstorm what the announcement would be and we came up with quite a few theories:

  • Forecaster was going to be retired early
  • Forecaster was going to be supported longer
  • Enterprise Reporter was going to be supported longer
  • Microsoft was going to buy a 3rd party add-on to do more with the product
  • The product would move to direct sales by Microsoft
  • Microsoft was going to start providing services directly

Those are the ones I remember, I am sure we had more.   However, the one we didn’t come up with was that the next day Microsoft was going to kill off Planning completely — effective immediately!  

Much of the 22nd and 23rd is a blur.  I remember the rumors that began to fly in the blog-o-sphere and I remember the official announcement and I remember trying to get answers and no one seemed to have any.   And more than anything else, I remember the total inability of my brain to process any further as I read the email I got from Microsoft later that afternoon stating I had been nominated as an MVP for PerformancePoint Server.  The fact that I didn’t break out in complete fit of hysterical laughter still amazes me.

But that was a year ago and I have moved on.  I still think Microsoft made a bad decision but we have made our peace.  TGO has a new Planning solution from Clarity Systems that is taking off and my belief in Microsoft’s vision for B.I. is still strong and I can’t wait for the RTM of SharePoint 2010, PerformancePoint Services, PowerPivot, Office 2010 and SQL 2008 R2.  The second half of 2010 should be great for Microsoft business intelligence partners and customers.

So what do you remember about January 23rd?


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