Microsoft Buys Forerunner Software Tech to Boost Power BI Reporting

Looking to grow its Power BI business intelligence and data analytics ecosystem, Microsoft went shopping close to home for its latest buy. Microsoft has acquired enterprise report rendering technologies from fellow Redmond, Wash., technology firm Forerunner Software for an undisclosed amount, the company announced on April 2. Specifically, the software giant has snapped up Forerunner Mobilizer and Report Viewer.

Forerunner Mobilizer enables organizations to turn business insights from Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) into reports that can be viewed on a variety of mobile devices. Forerunner Report Viewer can be used to embed reports derived SSRS into web applications. The acquisition effectively spells the end of Mobilizer and Report Viewer as commercial products, although Forerunner pledged to provide support to current customers through Oct. 20, 2020. Meanwhile, Microsoft has some big plans for the software.

Author: Pedro Hernandez


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  1. Executable English may be of interest in this area.

    It supports collaboration in writing apps as rules in open vocabulary English, it automatically generates and runs complex SQL, and it explains the results in English at the business level.

    Here’s a summary slide:

    a short paper

    and an app

    — Adrian

    Adrian Walker
    Reengineering LLC
    San Jose, CA, USA
    860 830 2085


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