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March 2012, Vol. 9

Microsoft tailors BI capabilities for users, IT in SQL Server 2012

More on SQL Server BI best practices Count ’em: Three ways to scale SQL Server business intelligence Pry open the SQL Server business intelligence toolbox Some top reasons to get started with SQL Server 2012 If much of SQL Server 2008 R2’s focus was on making business intelligence (BI) more accessible to users as a self-service, then SQL Server 2012 is about building on that vision while making the concept of self-service BI easier for IT to manage, industry watchers say. Indeed, part of the charter of SQL Server 2008 R2 was the democratization of BI—that is, simplifying moderate to advanced BI capabilities like the ability to mash up data and create relationships and dimensions so the process was comfortable and familiar to any Excel user, according to Herain Oberoi, director of product management at Microsoft. “If you look at [SQL Server] R2 and the theme around managed, self-service BI … this is a continuation of that strategy,” Oberoi said. “It’s all about what we can do to help end users and what can we do to help IT.” In ...

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