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SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence

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03/10/2011

 
SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence
White Paper 
Published: August 2007Updated: July 2008
Summary:
SQL Server 2008 makes business intelligence available toeveryone through deep integration with Microsoft Office, providing the righttool, to the right user, at the right price. Employees at all levels of anorganization can see and help to influence the performance of the business byworking with tools that are both easy to use and powerful. Integration with the2007 Microsoft Office System enables users to view business performance ina way that they are familiar with. The introduction of PerformancePoint
®
Server 2007, helps customers gain actionable insight into the entireorganization so they can monitor, analyze, and plan their businesses, as wellas drive alignment, accountability, and actionable insight across the entireorganization.For the latest information, seeMicrosoft SQL Server 2008.
 
 
Contents
Introduction..................................................................................................................3Microsoft Business Intelligence Technologies .........................................................32007 Microsoft Office System Integration................................................................4Unifying Data Storage and Access..............................................................................5Consolidating Corporate Data for Analysis and Reporting.......................................5Data Warehouse Performance................................................................................7Building and Managing Sophisticated BI Solutions......................................................8Developer Productivity.............................................................................................9Manageability.........................................................................................................10Enterprise Scalability..............................................................................................11Extending the Reach of Your BI Solution...................................................................12Extending Business Insight to Everyone Through Familiar Tools..........................12Empowering End Users Through Flexible Reporting.............................................13Conclusion.................................................................................................................15
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Introduction
In an increasingly competitive marketplace, businesses are realizing that theycan only succeed by proactively identifying market trends and opportunities,and by responding rapidly to new customer demands. Additionally, employeesmust prioritize business activities and expenditure to ensure the most efficientuse of the available resources and make effective business decisions.To meet these challenges, employees need to gain actionable insight into thebusiness so that they can make intelligent, informed decisions and contributeto business success. Organizations want to embed this insight into everydaybusiness activities so that all employees are engaged, either explicitly or implicitly, in acting on the results of analysis of a complete and consistentversion of all enterprise data.
Microsoft Business Intelligence Technologies
Microsoft provides a comprehensive Business Intelligence (BI) offering that isbased on a scalable data platform for data integration, data warehousing,analysis, and reporting, including powerful and intuitive tools that end userscan use to access and analyze business information. At the core of theMicrosoft BI end-to-offering is Microsoft®SQL Server 
®
2008, a complete dataplatform that enables you to:
Unify storage and access for all data across the enterprise.Build and manage sophisticated BI solutions.Increase the reach of your business intelligence solution to empower all employees.
The specific technologies of SQL Server 2008 that form the basis of thispowerful BI offering are described in the following table.
ComponentDescription
SQL Server Database EngineA scalable, high-performance data storage engine for extremely large volumes of data making it an ideal choicefor consolidating business data from across the enterpriseinto a central data warehouse for analysis and reportingSQL Server Integration ServicesA comprehensive platform for extract, transform, and load(ETL) operations that enables the population andsynchronization of your data warehouse with data from thedisparate data sources that are used by your businessapplications throughout the organizationSQL Server Analysis ServicesProvides an analytical engine for Online AnalyticalProcessing (OLAP) solutions, including business measureaggregation over multiple dimensions and keyperformance indicators (KPIs), and for data miningsolutions that use specialized algorithms to identifypatterns, trends, and associations in business data

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