Business Intelligence components Introduction

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Business Intelligence components Introduction

Introduction Microsoft SQL Server 2005 is a complete business intelligence (BI) platform that provides the features, tools, and functionality to build both classic and innovative kinds of analytical applications. This provides an introduction to the tools that you will use to build an analytical application, and highlights new functionality that makes it easier than ever to build and manage complex BI systems. The following table presents an overview of the components of a business intelligence system, and the corresponding Microsoft SQL Server 2005 components.

SQL Server 2005 BI components Extract, transformation, and load Server 2005 Integration Services Relational data warehouse SQL Server 2005 relational database Multidimensional database SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services Data mining SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services

SQL Server 2005 BI components Managed reporting SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Ad hoc reporting SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Ad hoc query and analysis Microsoft Office products (Excel, Office Web Components, Data Analyzer, SharePoint Portal)

SQL Server 2005 BI components Database development tools SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence Development Studio (New!) Database management SQL Server 2005 SQL Server Management Studio (New!)

New components for SQL 2005 Two components are new for SQL Server 2005: SQL Server Management Studio and SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio. The other primary BI components – Integration Services, Analysis Services OLAP, Analysis Services Data Mining, and Reporting Services – are substantially different and improved in SQL Server 2005. The SQL Server 2005 relational database contains several significant new features. Although the Microsoft Office query and portal tools are not part of SQL Server, the current releases will continue to work with SQL Server 2005. The BI functionality in Microsoft Office will evolve with the Office product release cycle. The SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence toolset delivers end-toend BI application integration

BI Toolset Design: Business Intelligence Development Studio is the first integrated development environment designed for the business intelligence system developer. Built on Visual Studio 2005, the Business Intelligence Development Studio delivers a rich, integrated, professional development platform for BI system developers. Debugging, source control, and script and code development are available for all components of the BI application

BI Toolset Integrate: Integration Services has been rewritten to perform complex data integration, transformation, and synthesis at high speed for very large data volumes. The Business Intelligence Development Studio makes building and debugging packages positively fun. Integration Services, Analysis Services, and Reporting Services work together to present a seamless view of data from heterogeneous sources.

BI Toolset Store: SQL Server 2005 blurs the lines between relational and multidimensional databases. You can store data in the relational database, in the multidimensional database, or use the new Proactive Cache feature to get the best of both worlds.

BI Toolset Analyze: Data Mining in SQL Server has always been easy to use. Now it's even better with the addition of important new algorithms, including Association Rules, Time Series, Regression Trees, Sequence Clustering, Neural Nets, and Naïve Bayes. Important new analytical capabilities have been added to Analysis Services cubes as well: Key Performance Indicator framework, MDX scripts, and other built-in advanced business analytics. The Reporting Services report delivery and management framework enables easy distribution of complex analytics to the widest possible audience.

BI Toolset Report: Reporting Services extends the Microsoft Business Intelligence platform to reach the business user who needs to consume the analysis. Reporting Services is an enterprise managed reporting environment, embedded and managed using web services. Reports can be personalized and delivered in a variety of formats and with a range of interactivity and printing options. Complex analyses can reach a broad audience through the distribution of reports as a data source for downstream business intelligence. New in SQL Server 2005 is Report Builder. Report Builder provides for self service ad hoc reporting by the end user. Ad hoc query and analysis tools from Microsoft and their partners will continue to be a popular choice for accessing data in Analysis Services and relational databases.

BI Toolset Manage: The SQL Server Management Studio integrates the management of all SQL Server 2005 components. Through Management Studio, BI platform components gain enhanced scalability, reliability, availability, and programmability. These enhancements provide significant benefits to the business intelligence practitioner. A key goal of the SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence components is to support the development and use of business intelligence in enterprises of all sizes, and to all employees – not just management and analysts, but also operational and external constituents. To this end, SQL Server 2005 is complete, integrated, easy to use, publishes data as web services, delivers great performance on commodity hardware, and contains scores of new features that you can use to develop innovative analytical applications

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