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Foundations of SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence, Second Edition by Guy Fouché, Lynn Langit

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Reasons to Switch to Microsoft's BI Tools

In addition to providing a great suite of tools for companies that are just getting started with BI, Microsoft's latest release of BI tools also targets companies that are using other vendors' BI products by providing a raft of enterprise features in its data warehousing products. Many of these features are available only in the Enterprise edition of the various BI products, that is, Analysis Services, Integration Services, and Reporting Services.

Here's a list of BI–specific features that require the Enterprise edition of SQL Server:

  • Advanced business analytics
  • Proactive caching
  • Advanced data management
  • Write back
  • Advanced data mining tuning
  • Advanced SSIS transforms
  • Text mining support

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