Though some analysts simply called it inevitable, Microsoft's decision to acquire long-time partner ProClarity has implications that will likely set off tremors in the business intelligence landscape according to a Forrester Research analyst.

ProClarity, which offers advanced analysis and visualization products, is a longtime partner with deep ties to the Microsoft SQL and BI products as well as the Office suite. What makes the deal special, says Forrester Research Principal Analyst Keith Gile, is a ready to go front-end adaptable interface which, aligned with the next Office 2007 release, will make up a formidable BI platform.

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