Visual Studio 2005 to have business intelligence tools

Microsoft's forthcoming SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 products will include functionality allowing developers to add business intelligence features to their applications, a Microsoft executive has announced.

With the new Visual Studio Controls for SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services, enterprise developers can add data from back-end systems to their applications without the need to build complicated connections to those systems, said Bill Baker, general manager for SQL Server at Microsoft.

"When you put business intelligence into your applications you wind up with very data rich applications," Baker told an audience of developers at the VSLive event in San Francisco. "Don't build all that plumbing, you start from our base and go from there. Leave the plumbing to us. All your energy goes into your application."

The reporting and development feature will work in the next edition of SQL Server Reporting Services, which will ship with SQL Server 2005. Microsoft introduced a first version of Reporting Services in January, that version adds reporting capabilities to SQL Server 2000, the current version of the vendor's database product.

By making it easier to include business intelligence features in applications, developers who use Microsoft's Visual Studio tool will be able to give their users just that bit of extra data to better service their customers and make smarter business decisions, Baker said. SQL Server Reporting Services is about business intelligence for the average user, not high-end business intelligence, he said.

SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005, previously known by their respective Yukon and Whidbey code names, were due out later this year, but Microsoft recently pushed back the release date to the first half of 2005. A beta of Visual Studio 2005 is planned for the first half of this year, so is a second beta of SQL Server 2005, according to Microsoft.

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