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Top reasons to get started with SQL Server Denali
This article is part of the March 2011, Vol. 5 issue of SQL Server Insider
The last three releases of SQL Server had unofficial labels, each based on the type of user that the most new features were geared toward. For example, SQL Server 2005 was considered a developer release, while SQL Server 2008 was viewed as a release for database administrators. SQL Server 2008 R2, with Microsoft’s PowerPivot data analysis tool and enhancements to both SQL Server Analysis Services and Reporting Services, was widely known as a business intelligence (BI) release. For More on SQL Server Denali See what attendees at PASS Summit 2010 had to say about SQL Server Denali in this video Get an inside look at SQL Server Denali features Announced with SQL Server Denali was Project Atlanta; learn about the release candidate Microsoft released the first community technology preview (CTP) of the next version of SQL Server, code-named Denali, at November’s Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Summit 2010 in Seattle. It appears that this release won’t continue the labeling tradition; instead, SQL Server Denali has ...
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The upcoming SQL Server Denali is chock-full of new features, such as super-fast column-store indexes and a new Web-based reporting tool. But what does it mean for businesses?
Microsoft PowerPivot is designed to give BI capabilities to users who lack IT’s technical know-how. The first step is importing SQL Server data, and you have to know your options.
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