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SQL Server 2008 R2 key changes: Master Data Services

A big step forward for Microsoft's collective BI platform, Master Data Services is on our list of top changes for SQL Server 2008 R2.

 

#1: Master Data Services

Master Data Services with SQL Server 2008 R2
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Master data management, as the saying goes, is all about maintaining a "single version of truth." It can also be thought of as simply keeping your data clean. No matter how you define it though, data quality issues have a habit of plaguing many organizations – particularly those new to business intelligence.

Derived from Microsoft's acquisition of Stratature in 2007, Master Data Services may not be as fully-baked as similar third-party products, but it's a big step forward for Microsoft's collective BI platform.

-- Disagree with our top 10? Let us know which significant change you think we missed.

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This was last published in February 2010

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