Microsoft pivots toward business intelligence
January 31, 2012 —
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Business intelligence beyond SQL Server 2012
SQL Server 2012 is so close to release that there are few surprises expected to be in the final product. While that is great for planning at this point, it is interesting to think about where the next round of innovation will take us.
The indications are that Big Data is on the hit list, and that means Hadoop. Brust agrees: “The worlds of Big Data and BI are colliding, and Microsoft is taking a lead there. Their project, ‘Isotope,’ brings Hadoop to Windows and Windows Azure, and then uses an ODBC driver to integrate it with PowerPivot, Analysis Services, Power View and Reporting Services. This will do wonders to bring the rather segregated world of Big Data into the mainstream BI fold.”
So it looks like the data-tools side of development will not be resting anytime soon. After the big lull between Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and Microsoft SQL Server 2005, the last two releases of SQL Server have been more in tune with the pace I think we can expect going forward.
With the coming release of SQL Server 2012 (the first half of this year if press releases are to be believed), if an organization can make that first difficult step of collecting its business data in a way that is repeatable, then the new tools will help a company or organization of any size gain insight into its business. There are even choices to be made regarding development and reporting tools.
This has been a steady progression, with better tools coming to the fore in almost every round. With Denali coming soon, business intelligence implementations will get even easier, and you can bet we have not reached the end of the innovations yet. It is likely that the SharePoint road map will continue to add business intelligence innovations and will make adoption of a comprehensive business intelligence strategy essential.
We are still not at the point where business intelligence is an out-of-the-box experience, and it might never get there. That makes it perhaps a perfect space to differentiate yourself and your team as business intelligence becomes mainstream and even creeps into more and more specifications.