For Business Intelligence and Reporting, the Client is Excel
Microsoft recently released Management Reporter 2012 and a lot of people are excited. The Management Reporter team has been very accessible and they've done an admirable job of tackling questions and promoting the new release. However, I'm stuck on one significant flaw of Management Reporter. It's not Excel.
Management Reporter's roots go back to FRx, an iconic product that made it to version 6.7 and THEN accumulated a full dozen service packs. As the default replacement for FRx, Management Reporter has a more robust architecture than FRx and it is finally catching up in terms of its feature set. There is still plenty of work to be done; including rolling in budgeting and planning capabilities to ultimately replace Forecaster, but those should come eventually.