BI and its related online analytical processing (OLAP) and reporting technologies have moved from being niche technologies found only in the largest of enterprises into the mainstream of corporate computing. One of the driving factors behind the rapid growth of BI is its ability to let organizations derive more meaningful information from the growing stores of data and information that they possess. SQL Server 2005 extends Microsoft’s BI position in the database industry by providing an end-to-end BI stack that consists of Analysis Services, Integration Services, Reporting Services, and Data Mining.

Not long ago, 64-bit systems were a future technology reserved almost exclusively for high-end enterprise implementations. The widespread adoption of the 64-bit capabilities for x86 architecture (referred to as x64) by both computer manufacturers and Microsoft, however, dramatically changed the computing landscape. Now, 64-bit systems are a reality for both high-end enterprise systems and small-to-midsized businesses (SMBs).