I have been delivering Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 familiarization sales training to our various transaction partners over the last few weeks and I wanted to share a a few questions that I think are representative of what many of you may be thinking about or asking yourself.
One of the three key areas of investment in SQL Server 2008 R2 is around Managed Self Service Business Intelligence (BI). We market the Enterprise Edition of SQL Server as the “best” solution for BI scenarios and the Standard edition for basic BI needs. This does not mean that the Standard Edition cannot meet the average individual or average company needs around BI. In fact, in most cases it will do more than nicely!
Reporting Services is included in SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard edition and therefore Report Builder 3.0 is also included in the Standard Edition.
The capabilities of Report Builder 3.0 are not limited in any way in the Standard Edition. See Malcolm Stewart’s post on the MSDN forums where he he states:
…There are no differences in ReportBuilder between the Standard and Enterprise Editions. The edition differences only apply to the Report Server itself and not the tools or designers or the ReportViewer controls.
So even though Enterprise edition may be the flagship SKU for business intelligence, the self service BI capabilities are pervasive across all core SKUs of SQL Server 2008 R2! The common (wo)man can (on a more limited budget! ;-)) create compelling self service reports that drive their own personal business.
These tools can alleviate the need for costly third party reporting solutions and make this…
Look like this…
Until next time!