Introduction to SQL Server Data Tools

SSDT installs when you install SQL Server 2012 as a shared feature. Although it is not a complete replacement for SQL Server Management Studio, SSDT offers the user a similar canvas for working with the SQL Server except for a few specialized tasks (a quasi SSMS functionality). Follow this link to get the complete picture of what SSDT can do in terms of working with SQL Server 2012: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh272686(v=vs.103).aspx

This quasi SSMS functionality is one part of SSDT. It is also the platform to work with BI projects and the latest BI semantic model, an all-inclusive model. The various pieces of the BI stack are woven together more tightly than before, and the model can be leveraged ...

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