The Performance Point turmoil
Posted by thomasivarssonmalmo on February 1, 2009
- Buying PP M&A in MOSS maybe is not that expensive per user as I have assumed first. I have heard about 70 USD per user but have not been able to check that. On the other hand running MOSS in small companies will not be cheap if you consider the consulting fee.
- The sudden removal of PP Planning(18 months) have surprised many since the sales cycle for these kind of solutions is long.
- I have heard form collegues in the consulting business, that have implemented PP Planning, that the first version was good enough except for the application to cause heavy loads on the server(MOSS or the free version of Sharepoint)
I have always been told to find the simple explanation and to avoid the more complex ones. Maybe this change is only about revenue?
I also have been thinking about another scenario. MS has a strong market share in Office applications, Windows on the desktop and Exchange as the communication server. If I am not wrong I have seen that Windows as a server platform is closed to 50 percent of the market.
If MS continues to release service applications on top of Office ,new law suits can be a threat. Since MOSS is not dominant on its market that can be a safe habour for PP M&A.
Since SQL Servers market share is the third in size it can be safer to sell and develop planning applications as a part of this platform instead.
It is a new regime in the White House so maybe this was a preventive action.
Regarding Office 14 I still guess that we will see it on the market next year.