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What every company should do with Business Intelligence
This article is part of the SQL Server Insider issue of November 2010, Vol. 4
Microsoft’s SQL Server 2008 R2 business intelligence stack is probably one of the most flexible and easy to use that’s available today. While older versions of the BI stack were adequate, new versions are better—allowing the business unit to be more agile and responsive with a lower operational cost. With this major business intelligence release, the SQL Server BI stack is poised to become a major player in the business space as well as the IT space. The changes can take the BI stack from being a database application that’s used to host business-based data to an application that the business unit can use to help reduce overhead, increase business response time, reduce report creation time and increase business agility. There are five things that every smart company is doing with the BI stack. How smart is your company? Are you doing all of these things? 1) Allow users to construct reports with Report Builder 3.0 One major advantage of the Microsoft business intelligence stack is that business users have the ability to create ...
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SQL Server 2008 R2 hosts the Master Data Services feature, which can help businesses standardize sets of data. Microsoft didn’t quite let MDS gestate long enough, though, and it lacks a few crucial qualities.
When used properly, the robust business intelligence stack in SQL Server 2008 R2 helps companies run more efficiently. Are you getting the most out of your BI?
SQL Server 2008's data collector feature automates the collection of critical performance data, which DBAs can then analyze using brand new SSMS reports.