Yesterday, we posted SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM download links; Now, Microsoft announced “the release to manufacturing of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, and will be available to customers in early May through Microsoft’s distribution and partner channels. Key enhancements include: • Managed self-service business intelligence (BI) for reporting and analysis • Enterprise-class scalability and greater IT efficiency • Platform integration spanning datacenter to cloud. More than 2,000 global ISVs have indicated their plans to build solutions based on SQL Server 2008 R2. This includes mission-critical apps for a variety of industries, including Temenos in banking, PTC in manufacturing, RedPrairie in retail & Convergys in telecommunications. This release will also be supported by widely distributed & agile solutions from SAP, Kronos and Epicor Software Corp. Customer reception to this release has been one of the best in the history of the product, with more than 300,000 downloads of community technology previews. To celebrate the release, Microsoft, in collaboration with Professional Association for SQL Server, will host more than 85 live launch events worldwide. For customers & partners who cannot attend live event, Microsoft offering a SQL Server 2008 R2 online Digital Tour,” posted Microsoft.
Tom Casey, talks about SQL Server Business Intelligence on “the future of BI.”