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Brief: Microsoft's BI general manager leaving

Bill Baker helped develop Office PerformancePoint Server

By Heather Havenstein
August 5, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Computerworld - Microsoft Corp. announced today that Bill Baker, a Microsoft distinguished engineer and general manager of business intelligence applications for the Microsoft Office Business Platform team, is leaving the company.

Baker, who led the team that built the Office PerformancePoint Server and has led the SQL Server BI unit, will be leaving at the end of this month to become chief technology officer at Visible Technologies. Seattle-based Visible Technologies provides online brand management services and tools for activities such as blog monitoring and word-of-mouth marketing. Baker joined Microsoft in 1996 as general manager of the Internet Application Server Group. He also led teams that designed and developed SQL Server Integration Services, SQL Server Analysis Services, SQL Server Reporting Services and SQL Server Notification Services.

"Bill will help ensure a smooth transition takes place, allowing Microsoft to continue providing strong BI and performance management solutions for customers and build on the strong momentum achieved within the industry," the company said in a statement.

Microsoft did not respond to a request for information about plans for Baker's replacement.

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