Microsoft launches SQL Server 2000 Reporting Tool
Microsoft India announced today the availability of SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services, a tool that will provide real-time information from any data source to any device.
The tool is integrated into SQL Server and comes at no additional cost, allowing customers and partners to create Business Intelligence (BI) solutions faster, and at a lower cost compared to other offerings.
TCS is the first partner to set up a Reporting Services practice to service local delivery needs, and the two companies have identified Telecom, Manufacturing and the ITeS vertical as early adopters of this offering.
Commenting on the launch of Reporting Services, Tarun Malik, product marketing manager, Microsoft India, said, “Microsoft’s SQL Server with its integrated Reporting Services tool will make BI more broadly accessible and cost effective for corporates. Our partners will now be able to focus on offering greater business value to their customers, rather than spending their time integrating and creating the actual solution.”
According to NASSCOM, the market size for BI in India was estimated at $12 million in 2003, and is forecasted to grow to $ 30 million in 2005. In India, the BI market is being driven primarily by services companies, with major contributions coming from banking and finance, telecom and call centers. The BI solution has gained more acceptance in sectors where customers play a pivotal role, and the rest of the industry is still in the data mining and warehousing phase.
A part of the Microsoft business intelligence framework, Reporting Services combines the data management capabilities of SQL Server and Windows Server with the MS Office System applications, to deliver real-time information.
Reporting Services can generate reports in a variety of file formats, including Excel, Adobe PDFs, images, Web pages, as well as XML-formatted data. By delivering data in XML, the Reporting Services server can share data with other applications directly. Using Microsoft Visual Studio.NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework, developers can leverage the capabilities of their existing information systems and connect to custom data sources, producing additional output formats.
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