Affordable BI at last?
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (code named Yukon) remained under development for
five years but the features it is providing are quite interesting. The product
was launched globally on November 7, 2005, with the India launch overseen by
Bill Gates himself.
Until this version, MS SQL Server was never in competition with RDBMS heavyweights
such as IBM and Oracle. It was just another easy-to-use, inexpensive RDBMS used
by SMBs. However, MS claims to have launched itself in the stratosphere of enterprise
RDBMS solutions with the SQL Server 2005. Paramesh Vaidyanathan, Director, Developer
Tools, Microsoft India says that MS SQL Server 2005 exceeds expectations thanks
to the features it offers. It focusses on enterprise data management,
developer productivity and business intelligence.
The enterprise data management capabilities include high availability, a suite
of data management tools, security enhancements and scalability advancements.
Developer productivity features include XML integration, transact-SQL enhancements
and Common Language Runtime (CLR) integration. Business Intelligence includes
features such as analysis, data transformation and reporting services and data
Vaidyanathan elaborates that SQL Server 2005 targets computer users from all
occupations. The Express Edition targets students, educational institutions
and developers for building robust and reliable applications or acquire skills
via free download for use and royalty-free redistribution.