It's been said, "It ain't over until the fat lady sings." Well, today, a portly woman in Redmond, Washington, is belting out a showstopper. The tune? How Microsoft has wrapped up the data warehouse market.

How can this be? The data warehouse market is approximately five years old (at least in its second incarnation), and Microsoft has yet to ship a serious data warehousing product! This will change in the second half of 1998 when Microsoft finally delivers SQL Server 7.0, code-named "Sphinx."

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