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By Brian Knight,
At the PASS conference last year, Andy, Steve and I were
sitting around a dinner table wondering what would make us make the big jump to
Yukon (now called SQL Server 2005). We especially wondered what would make
smaller companies that represent the backbone of SQL Server users make the big
jump to SQL Server 2005. At the time it took a little imagination to see where
Microsoft was going with Beta 1 of SQL Server 2005, since much of the interface
would say “Not Implemented Yet” when clicking on it. Well, 4 months later not much has
changed but we now have word what all the features are. Those features can all
be seen on Microsoft’s site at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/yukon/productinfo/top30features.asp.
A week ago, we solicited readers to let Microsoft know which
of the SQL Server 2005 announced features mattered most to them. We had a great
response, with 890 of you answering the survey in three days. The answers were
pretty interesting. The full results can be seen at the bottom of this article.
We essentially asked readers to look at the top 30 features and rank how
important these features were in making them upgrade.
One of the most striking result was in the security realm.
77% of the respondents said that the proposed security enhancements were either
an important or must-have feature. In the developer category, T-SQL enhancements
was the most important feature. One
of the most important business intelligence features was DTS and scalability,
which has been overhauled from the previous release.
We also asked readers if there were any features that they'd
like to see in the next release of SQL Server. You can see that list of features
in an un-edited form here: http://www.sqlservercentral.com/columnists/bknight/usersqlserver2005features.asp
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