As you read this in November 2006, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 will have had its first birthday. The adoption rate has been fantastic. The customer feedback is gratifying. The business is growing dramatically. At the same time, Microsoft Office 2007 is on the verge of public release. Together, these products comprise Microsoft's business intelligence (BI) platform.

When companies use BI to better understand their business and customers, their first requirement is to trust their data. Nothing in BI works well if you don't trust your data. Is it clean? Integrated? Consistent? Up to date? Is it safe and secure? Is it always available, without undue delay, even for complicated queries? Is it accurate? Does it reflect your business logic? Cleansing, storing and serving trusted data is SQL Server's role in the Microsoft BI stack. The relational engine is the core. SQL Server Integration Services addresses data integration and quality. SQL Server Analysis Services adds an end-user (multidimensional) view and business logic with high performance. SQL Server Reporting Services provides broad distribution for consumers and end-user report authoring.

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