Microsoft Previews Data Analysis Strategy With Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 And Next Version of Office at Microsoft Tech-Ed 98

Microsoft Previews Data Analysis Strategy With Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 And Next Version of Office at Microsoft TechEd 98

NEW ORLEANS, June 1, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. today will demonstrate the interoperability of the next version of Microsoft® Office and Microsoft SQL Server
™
7.0, the recently announced version of the most popular database software for the Microsoft
Windows NT® operating system, at Microsoft TechEd 98. The next version of Office will introduce new capabilities in Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel that allow Office users to build Access applications with full compatibility with Microsoft SQL Server and allow Excel users to view and analyze relational and multidimensional data in Microsoft SQL Server-based data marts and data warehouses.

“Customers have told us that efficient knowledge management and the ability to quickly access business-critical information is vital to their success,”
said Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the applications and tools group at Microsoft.
“These new capabilities, enabled by the improved interoperability of Office and SQL Server 7.0, will enable customers to access the enterprise data they need to make better business decisions using the familiar desktop applications they already know.”

Support for Excel and OLAP

The next version of Microsoft Excel in Office will allow PivotTable® dynamic views to access, manage and analyze relational and multidimensional data. This powerful interface allows customers to use Excel to generate business intelligence from data marts and data warehouses built on Microsoft SQL Server 7.0.

Support for Microsoft
SQL Server and Access

The next version of Microsoft Access will also work transparently with Microsoft SQL Server. Although traditionally used as a file-server database, developers will be able to extend Access to client/server architecture seamlessly, without the need for conversion tools and without rewriting reports, queries, forms or code. This allows users to experience the ease-of-use of Access as a development tool with the power, scalability and reliability of Microsoft SQL Server.

Integration Scores High With Microsoft Customers

The integration between the next versions of Office and Microsoft SQL Server marks a leap forward for Microsoft allies, who will be able to deliver such solutions as data warehousing, e-commerce and business applications that integrate with the Office desktop applications their customers already use.

“The combination of Microsoft SQL Server and Office lets us deliver a powerful data mart solution to our customers that integrates well with existing environments,”
said Scott Davis, data warehousing practice manager at Excell Data Corp.
“By using familiar desktop products as a front end to our data mart, our customers get a cutting-edge solution for the lowest total cost of ownership.”

Developed by a world-class development team, Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 is the leading Windows® operating system-compatible database, bringing business advantage and improved decision-making to all levels of the organization through the power of data warehousing, industry solutions and interoperability with Microsoft Office. Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 enables independent software vendors and customers to build and deploy scalable database solutions for e-commerce, line of business, mobile computing and data warehousing. Microsoft SQL Server is a member of the Microsoft BackOffice® family, a set of servers that makes it easy to build, manage and deploy powerful business solutions.

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