Posted by:Shyam Sundar December 15th, 2011

Cloud computing and mobile device proliferation are major technology drivers in today’s fast moving business sphere. Microsoft recently unveiled its plans for SQL Server 2012 (SQL Denali), powerful integration and enhancements for Business Intelligence (BI) and Mobile BI at the much anticipated Microsoft Business Intelligence Asia Pacific 2011 roadshow at Singapore.

Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Business Platform Decision, announced SQL Server 2012 and its expected release in the first half of 2012, contrary to the expectations of many experts betting on a Q1 window. However, Microsoft has a bunch of goodies lined up for SQL Server 2012; enough to set aside any disappointments over the slight delay.

With SQL 2012, Microsoft is focusing on bringing BI to mobile devices in a big way and supporting customers to manage ‘big data’ anywhere, any time, on premises or in private and public clouds. ‘The next frontier is all about uniting the power of the cloud with the power of data to gain insights that simply weren’t possible even just a few years ago,’ Kummert said. ‘Microsoft is committed to making this possible for every organization, and it begins with SQL Server 2012.’

Kummert expanded on Microsoft’s vision for Mobile BI – a commitment to deliver a highly immersive and interactive BI experience across varied devices to all users irrespective of their locations. The approach and roadmap was rolled out as follows:

  • Ensuring Microsoft’s existing corporate BI web based solutions run in browsers acrossiOS and Windows devices in the first half of 2012.
  • Delivering great touch-based data exploration and visualization capabilities in a browser on iOS, Android and Microsoft platforms in the second half of 2012.
  • Delivering the best-in-class rich and immersive experience of the Microsoft BI platform on Windows 8 slates.
It’s pretty exciting to visualize an intrinsic and detailed application on touch-enabled devices for manipulating data and graphics for accurate BI knowledge. Microsoft demonstrated PowerView’s (formerly Project Crescent) capabilities in self-service/ad hoc reporting on iPad and Android tablets. The app allows users to work around presentation ready data at all times. Though limited mobile BI is available on iOS browsers via SSRS, SharePoint,PowerPivot, Excel Services, Visio Services and PerformancePoint already, we’ll see full fidelity mobile Reporting Services, PerformancePoint and HTML 5 by the second half of 2012.

Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft SQL Server Database Group, also elaborated on the enhanced data capabilities of SQL Server 2012 to address the challenges of data and device proliferation. Microsoft BI ‘Denali’ will include new BI platform features, PowerPivot improvements, new Data Quality Services, new UI, data and configuration features, new ad-hoc reporting services, and major enhancements to Master Data Services. Microsoft has also included an Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Windows Server and Windows Azure and a strategic partnership with Hortonworks Inc. to help customers manage ‘big data’ for improved business insights.

Hundreds of Microsoft customers are expected to go into production with SQL Server 2012 in the second half of 2012. It’s going to be exciting. Many more decision makers will vote for their businesses to jump on the bandwagon to leverage on the much improved BI features the platform brings.

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