Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Microsoft?s Ambitions Soar with SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services

Microsoft?s Ambitions Soar with SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services: "When Microsoft Corp. announced its free SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services add-on last January, the software giant was careful to position it as a non-disruptive product entry into an already crowded reporting tools marketplace.
With Reporting Services 2.0, slated to ship with Microsoft?s forthcoming SQL Server 2005 database, the software giant is taking a very different approach. To wit: Microsoft officials have eighty-sixed the humility and are ready to discuss Reporting Services as a product on par with established entries from Actuate Corp., Business Objects SA, Hyperion Solutions Corp., and others.
Redmond’s SQL Server point man has also touted SQL Server 2005’s revamped Integration Services (nee Data Transformation Services) component, which he says has been “built … from the ground up to compete with the Ascentials and the Informaticas of the world.”"

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