In a move to get a jump on the emerging market for Web-based business intelligence initiatives, Crystal Decisions is rolling out Business Intelligence Web Services. The product, announced on February 11, is built on Microsoft .Net and provides a flexible enterprise architecture for sharing reports over the Web via standard Internet technologies. Analysts say the combination of Microsoft and Crystal Decisions’s technology should help Crystal Decision make an impact in the market. “Their long standing relationship with Microsoft puts them at the forefront of Web services technology,” says Dan Vesset, an IDC research analyst.

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