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Microsoft Partners With Teradata In Business Intelligence

Microsoft plans to make its business intelligence software interoperable with Teradata's Enterprise Data Warehouse.

The two companies said they plan to work to offer integration between the Teradata product and Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services. The joint interoperability technologies are set for release by the end of the first quarter.

Microsoft Analysis Services is an OLAP server that provides a mechanism for delivering data to Microsoft analytic and reporting tools. The latest agreement means the analytic engine could work on top of the Teradata warehouse.

In addition, Microsoft and Teradata, which is a division of NCR that is being spun out into a standalone company, also plan to extend their interoperability efforts to include other Microsoft products, such as SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services, SQL Server 2005 Integration Services, and the 2007 Microsoft Office system. The latter includes Office Excel 2007, Windows SharePoint Services, and Office PerformancePoint Server 2007.

The agreement also includes joint sales and marketing across multiple industries, beginning with the retail sector. The deal was unveiled at the National Retail Federation annual conference, being held this week in New York.