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SQL Server 2008

Posted by workerthread on June 13, 2007

Back in May, Microsoft made lots of announcements about SQL Server 2008, previously code named Katmai.  And you can already try out a CTP release from the Microsoft Connect site

It looks like the 2008 release will include a lot of new or improved Business Intelligence features, both for Reporting services and Analysis Services.  There will be new report builder and designer tools, and an easier way of defining attribute relationships when designing cubes.

Microsoft also announced various acquisitions and licensing agreements as part of what’s planned for SQL Server 2008.  They are acquiring OfficeWriter from SoftArtisans, and have also done a deal on Dundas data visualisation products (their OLAP chart and dashboard components are very nice – demo here). 

They have also purchased Stratature, which provides Master Data Management solutions.  Managing master lists of data has become a hot topic, particularly in organisations who have several line of business systems.   MSDN has a good overview on MDM called The What, Why, and How of Master Data Management.

As nice as many of these features are, I wonder how long the upgrade cycte will be for SQL Server customers.  Many of my clients are just getting around to upgrading to SQL Server 2005.  I can’t see them going for another upgrade in 2008!

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