Earlier this week Microsoft released something called ‘Microsoft Dynamics CRM Analytics Foundation’:
The name’s a bit of a mouthfull, but basically it’s a shared-source solution (including AS2005 databases) for building BI solutions on top of Microsoft Dynamics CRM. It’s available through Codeplex, and you can find out more about it on the project page:
I guess that there are going to be other similar packs available for other Microsoft products, Dynamics and otherwise, soon. Making it shared source is a nice idea too, although free stuff never quite has the same credibility as something you’ve paid for – not that customers won’t be paying partners to implement and customise all this, I suppose.