By the time this issue hits the stands, Microsoft Corporation will undoubtedly have officially released a new RDBMS, SQL Server 7.0. Although it bears the same moniker as predecessor DBMSs from Microsoft, Version 7.0 is not just a simple upgrade. It has essentially been built from the ground up based on input from dozens of vendors and the hindsight that comes with the ability to see what one's competitors have done right, wrong or indifferently. Microsoft calls it "a defining release." It's clear that Microsoft is investing a lot of its not inconsiderable eggs into the basket containing data warehousing/decision support/business intelligence et al. SQL Server is a keystone product of this effort, along with its Repository and many tools which will ship with the product. "So what's new and different?" you may well ask. I'm so glad you did ­ I'll tell you!

Chief among Version 7's design goals is ease of use. Microsoft literally transferred people out of its Office group to the SQL Server development team, hoping to ensure that the ease-of-use features that many have come to know and love in the Office environment are incorporated into SQL Server and that SQL Server can be tightly coupled to Office applications. According to one Microsoft source, "DBAs are gonna love it!"

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