Since Microsoft discontinued PerfromacePoint Planning, it is slightly unclear what is their strategy in this field. I have made a few suggestions in the past, some of which:
- Stored-Procedure write-back from Excel
- SSAS write-back from Excel
- Better support for dimensional and measure group write-back
Whether, when and how these may get implemented is an open question. I firmly believe that we should continue learning from any possible source – including our competitors. This is why I am quite interested in any possibility to extend my knowledge in the BI space regardless of who is presenting the ideas and solutions.
Being lucky as I am, I received an open invite to the PALO Australia Roadshow 2010, presented by a company I recently posted about – Naked Data. In a brief, what you can expect from PALO and the presentation is:
- In-memory MOLAP
- Rule-based forecasting and planning
- Some sci-fi GPU parallel processing
- Integration with Excel (PALO formulas and Pivot tables)
- .NET API
- Free breakfast
I will be there trying to get some ideas for my future forecasting and planning implementations. Seats are limited, so make sure you register soon!