Microsoft has confirmed that it will integrate its repository with version 7 of SQL Server to make it easier for data warehousing tools to work with the database.
The repository will enable users to store meta data - information on where data comes from and how it works - so that if a document is altered, the changes will be automatically mirrored elsewhere, as appropriate.
The integration will also enable users to plug third party data warehouse tools into their environments. It will work with Microsoft?s Jet-based databases such as Access, and its online analytical processing software, codenamed Plato, which is expected to ship on the same CD as SQL Server 7 in September.
The repository also currently acts as a back end to the Visual Studio development tools bundle, but integration will be increased with the next release of the product, which is due to ship in the second half of this year.
But Bill Baker, Microsoft?s product unit manager for decision support, said: ?We think data warehousing is the future of databases", clearly signalling the direction in which the software giant intends to move.
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