All I can say is ‘wow’. During yesterday’s keynote that was streamed live from the SQL Pass Summit Amir Netz did a demonstration of the new reporting tool codenamed ‘Crescent’ that will be available in the next release of SQL11, codenamed ‘Denali’. I was completely amazed at the visualizations and the functionality that was provided. Being able to visualize the report instantly as you are creating it and the interactivity that is provided out-of-the-box was incredible. The storyboard feature with PowerPoint was very nice as well. Can’t wait until it is available to test drive which hopefully will be in the CTP2 release.
If you haven’t heard about this product yet then take a look at Robert Bruckner’s posting here Glimpse at Project Crescent. He has FAQ information along with links and additional information that you will find very helpful. There is a brief video you can check out on BizIntelligence.tv – Data Visualization Done Right: Project Crescent and if you didn’t get to see the keynote yesterday you can head over to the SQL PASS site and watch the on-demand video recording (fast forward about 3/4 of the way through to get to Amir Netz’s presentation) – PASS Summit 2010 Day One Live Streaming Keynote.
Kudos to the product team and can’t wait to see how this evolves over the next year. Very exciting news as always.