Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services Is Available

REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 27, 2004 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of SQL Server (TM) 2000 Reporting Services. Reporting Services provides companies with a powerful new reporting tool that can increase business insight by providing real-time information from any data source to any device. As a result, employees at every level will have better access to information that will increase their ability to make more-informed decisions and provide more business value to their company. With the addition of Reporting Services, SQL Server, a part of the Microsoft® Windows Server System (TM) , provides the single most comprehensive data management and business intelligence (BI) platform on the market, with integrated analytics that include online analytical processing; data mining; data warehousing; extract, transform and load tools; and reporting functionality. This integrated, end-to-end approach helps companies make better decisions faster while lowering their total cost of ownership.

“Reporting Services is an enterprise-level reporting solution that is more affordable than competitive solutions in the marketplace today. It builds on the success of SQL Server 2000 to provide an integrated and scalable solution whether it is used to send interactive reports to five or 50,000 subscribers,” said Paul Flessner, senior vice president of Enterprise Servers at Microsoft. “With Reporting Services, our customers benefit from a cost-effective, easy-to-use reporting solution that enables them to better leverage data from their disparate systems for smarter business decisions.”

Industry Acclaims Microsoft’s Comprehensive, Cost-Effective BI Offering

SQL Server 2000 offers a broad business intelligence platform that helps enable customers and partners to easily build custom business intelligence applications. This flexibility and interoperability provide users with powerful business intelligence solutions tailored to their specific needs. Customers such as ASB Bank Ltd., Best Buy Company Inc., Coldwater Creek Inc., Cox Communications Inc., IS Partners Co., Long & Foster Companies, Mary Kay Inc., PREMIER Bankcard, RF Micro Devices Inc., Scout-Master and TSYS have already started to implement Reporting Services solutions.

“In six short weeks, Reporting Services helped PREMIER Bankcard develop an enterprisewide business intelligence reporting solution that will result in a workload reduction equivalent of at least three full-time employees, giving those employees time to work on other, more-proactive projects,” said Dan Zerfas, vice president of application development at PREMIER Bankcard. “Reporting Services is the perfect combination of flexibility, scalability and performance required to support the high-growth rate that we have been enjoying. With just 40 report authors across three business units, we look to deliver 400 BI reports to 500 users at all levels.”

Reporting Services provides an open and extensible reporting platform industry partners can use to broaden their offerings without investing in building reporting infrastructure. Microsoft is collaborating with companies including ActiveViews Inc., Aspirity LLC, Comprehensive Software Systems, Configuresoft, Fenestrae, Geac Computer Corporation Ltd., Hitachi Consulting Corp., IntelligentApps Ltd., Intellinet Corp., OutlookSoft Corp., MaxQ Technologies Inc., MIS AG, Professional Advantage, ProClarity Corp., Solutions Consulting Group, Silvon Software Inc., SPSS Inc., Trax Retail Solutions Inc. and Unisys.

Industry analysts have also expressed high expectations for the value Reporting Services will bring to customers and partners. According to Giga Information Group analysts Philip Russom and Keith Gile, Reporting Services has the potential to reshape the niche market for reporting, just as SQL Server’s Analysis Services has for online analytic processing (OLAP) and Data Transformation Services (DTS) has for extraction, transformation and load (ETL). Educational efforts by Microsoft will raise the profile of reporting technologies and the realization of their usefulness, while bringing usability and cost within the technical and budgetary grasp of far more companies.1

A valid SQL Server 2000 license is required for each server on which Reporting Services is deployed. It is available in nine languages including traditional and simplified Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.

About SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server, part of the Windows Server System, is the complete database and analysis offering for rapidly delivering the next generation of scalable e-commerce, line-of-business and business intelligence solutions. It dramatically reduces the time required to bring these applications to market while offering the scalability needed for the most-demanding environments. More information on Microsoft SQL Server can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/.

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