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March 2012, Vol. 9

With familiar tools, new toys, Microsoft BI stack casts wide net

More on the Microsoft BI stack Microsoft BI stack gets performance management addition Get tips on how to get the Microsoft BI stack work to your advantage Find out whether your Microsoft BI stack is compatible with virtualized SQL Server As part of its strategic mission to “democratize” business intelligence (BI), Microsoft has been steadily building out a sizable BI lineup for its SQL Server platform, beginning with SQL Server 2008 R2 and continuing with SQL Server 2012, due for “virtual launch” March 7. A common theme for both SQL Server releases in terms of the Microsoft BI stack is delivering much of the functionality through Excel. “Excel is the linchpin in our BI story,” noted Herain Oberoi, Microsoft’s director of product management. “It goes back to the original vision that the best way to make BI pervasive is to put in tools people know how to use and are comfortable with. We continue to add more capabilities to Excel to democratize [BI] usage. The goal is that Excel users don’t think of the capabilities as BI, rather ...

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