The Winter ’07 release will offer “unlimited customization” for analytics and BI tools, including Business Objects Crystal Xcelsius. According to the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Future VisionÃ¢â‚¬Â? presentation given by SF.com, what that loosely means is that Ã¢â‚¬Å“users will have the ability to fully componentize the on-demand CRM applicationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s analytical dashboards so they can mash up or bring together components of different vendorsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ business intelligence (BI) software, which they can then share and manage. Users will be able to engage in a wide range of BI activities that can be displayed on their dashboards within Salesforce, including supply chain analysis, complex what-if scenarios and profitability analysis.Ã¢â‚¬Â? So far, only Business Objects is signed up.
* This is an intention announcement; actual product is likely to vary from the vision.
* While SF.com claims 13 BI vendors, including JasperSoft are expected to support the project, only Business Objects and JasperSoft are mentioned by name.
* Since BI spans the enterprise, and customers are likely to have a broader range of enterprise applications, and therefore analytic requirements than CRM, why would a company create an analytic island on salesforce.com?