Panorama builds on Microsoft's RFID infrastructure
Officials at Toronto-based Panorama said the company is working on a new RFID BI system that will run on top of Microsoft's RFID infrastructure. The system will be included as part of Panorama's supply chain intelligence solution. Details remain sketchy as to precisely what Panorama will bring to the table, but it is thought to include RFID-specific analytic and measurement models for storage, transportation, maintenance, and receipt processes. After a slow start, Microsoft has finally jumped into RFID. Earlier this month it announced its intent to develop an RFID infrastructure that is due for roll-out in the first half of next year. The yet-to-be-named architecture will include a device-management capability that users can invoke from Windows applications as well as an event-management engine that aggregates and validates RFID data and events for integration into core business processes. The engine is being primed to run on Microsoft's .NET framework, and RFID process integration will be managed by Microsoft's BizTalk Server. Panorama's involvement in any Microsoft initiative shouldn't come as a surprise given its "Microsoft-friendly" stance. The company developed the original OLAP technology that Microsoft now bundles into its SQL Server database as Analysis Services. Microsoft bought the technology from Panorama in 1996. Panorama also recently announced its namesake 4.5 BI Platform supports SQL Server 2005, the next generation of Microsoft's database due later this year. Additionally, Panorama was one of the first BI vendors to pledge its support for Microsoft's new Maestro performance dashboard and scorecard development offering as part of its Symphony release. Panorama also becomes a member of Microsoft's RFID Partner Advisory Council, specifically for BI expertise. After an initial frenzy of activity around RFID hardware, IT vendors are slowly coming to grips with the software side. IBM has announced several software packages built on its WebSphere middleware for managing RFID data.