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SQL Server 2008 R2

Yesterday at TechEd, Microsoft announced the R2 version of SQL Server 2008.

It created a bit of confusion for me as I thought the next release “Kilimanjaro and Madison” were both going to be part of a new (major) SQL Server version. As I understand it, much of this functionality will simply be a “bolt-on” to SQL Server 2k8.

When I first read about this, I was conflicted. However, after spending the evening contemplating many of the conversations that I’ve had with clients around 2008, I think that this move by Microsoft is brilliant! The main reason that I’m excited is around the MDM and self-service reporting that Kilimanjaro and Madison were all about. It will be substantial in them martket have them sooner and more importantly, create an additional incentive to help justify the move to 2008. Over the last couple of years, I have had many conversations with clients who “want” to go to 2008, but have had a hard time justifying the regression testing, time etc… The additional features now included will really round out a signficant 2008 release.

Details of the offering can be found below.

http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/r2.aspx

I just read this article and I liked it as well.

http://reddevnews.com/news/article.aspx?editorialsid=10836

These are the specific items that I’m looking forward to seeing:

Master Data Services (MDS)

Master Data Hub
Improve the Quality of Your Data
• Centralized approach to defining, deploying, and managing master data
• Ensure reporting consistency across systems and deliver faster more accurate results across the enterprise
• Serves both BI and operational requirements and improve the quality and efficiency of data and processes for all systems
• Enables organizations to track versions of master data to answer questions about master data at a specific point in time
• Supports integration through a Services (WCF) API, business rules, workflow, notification, and hierarchy management
Stewardship Portal
Improve the Quality of Your Data
• Central portal to create, edit and update master data master including members and hierarchies
• Enables direct stewardship and ensures data quality by enforcing business rules and managing supporting domains
• Enables model administrators to upload data, review validation status, manage data versions, develop models, copy versions of models and define the structure of hierarchies

Self Service Analysis
Add-in for Microsoft Office SharePoint 2010
Share & Collaborate with Confidence
• Enables users to publish reports and analyses to SharePoint to make them available to others in the organization
• Applications and reports can be refreshed automatically while also maintaining version control and tracking
• Central, secure location where users can easily control who has access to sensitive data while also maximizing the number of people who can view the reports
SharePoint 2010 Management Console
Manage User-Generated Analytical Applications
• Provides a single, comprehensive management tool through Microsoft Office SharePoint that gives IT administrators the ability to set server policies and monitor Self Service BI activities
• IT can manage and secure all BI assets, freeing the original authors to focus on business priorities
• Dashboard views to monitor access and utilization of analyses and reports as well as track patterns of hardware usage to help ensure the right security privileges are applied and user generated solutions are continuously available, up-to-date, and secured

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