Brad Anderson of Microsoft announced the successor to SQL 2008, codenamed SQL Server “Kilimanjaro” and SQL Self Service Analysis codenamed “Gemini” at Teched.
Christian Petculescu demo'd SQL “gemini”, loading million of rows into the "Gemini" GUI (looking like an Excel variant). It was lightning fast, on a regular PC. It seems to be something similar to using SQL analysis in Excel currently, but with a more intuitive and faster experience for the business user. The "gemini" engine handles the data, models and relationships, without the user to worry about it. Christian also demo'd using SQL analysis services and the Solution Accelerator for System Center Operations Manager -- utilizing PerformancePoint -- to drill down on operational data, and conclude where the root problem lies.