Amid Monday’s widely reported news of Microsoft’s Office 2013 productivity suite release is a lift for Microsoft’s business intelligence capabilities, which have been alternately praised and decried as supplemental or gap filling tools for the hands of Excel spreadsheet power users.

That is still the case, and despite slights from advanced BI and analytic vendor/providers - and pleas from IT to curb the proliferation of uncontrolled and shared spreadsheet reporting – Microsoft, not for the first time is content to say, ‘let’s have more of a good thing.’

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