Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Project '4' REAL

Take a look at this site for Project REAL. There was a number of sessions on it at PASS Europe that were really interesting. It's essentially Microsofts attempt to build a Buissiness Intelligence system using SQL Server 2005 and real data for a well known on-line retailer in the U.S. This is going to hopefully be incredibly useful for not only developers observing the kinds of issues that they will come up against during their own implementations but also for managers needing to plan SQL Server 2005 based BI projects.

There's a couple of sites, one is the original technical overview here by Len Wyatt and now the Project REAL website which is going to be an ever expanding information resource on the progress of the project. There is already a link to a piece on SSIS detailing lessons learnt during the ETL design process and is probably essential viewing for anyone with an interest in the ETL space.

I'm lead to believe there will be a number of webcasts as well as the content available on the site which will increase ramping up more and more the closer it gets to the 2005 launch date (November currently and looking certain) so I'm sure there will be something for everyone to be interested in but if you're looking for reporting services info expect it to be towards the end of the project :)

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