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February 2010, Vol. 1

Master Data Services could spur SQL Server 2008 R2 migrations

If there is one area that Microsoft focused on when it developed SQL Server 2008 R2, it was business intelligence. Ready for general availability in the first half of 2010, the company's latest database management system (DBMS) is packed with supported BI improvements like the upcoming  PowerPivot for Excel, formerly code-named Gemini. R2 will debut less than two years after the release of SQL Server 2008, which included its own share of BI features and enhancements to SQL Server Analysis Services, Integration Services and Reporting Services. Taking MDS for a test drive "The installation of the MDS software is very straight forward, with the only question being where exactly to install it." -- Denny Cherry, Microsoft MVP Read more: Getting started with Master Data Services in R2 Despite this influx of new technology, most organizations are still running SQL Server 2005 in production—and are seemingly content to continue doing so. So what will it take to convince companies to upgrade? Likely, it will require substantial business ...

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