The Aberdeen Group recently released its "Annual State of the Market Report," which it says resulted from five years of research and more than 2.5 million interviews. For the first time, the report includes a list of the 100 most influential technology vendors. As you might have expected, Microsoft was listed as the number one most influential vendor, with Oracle, SAP, IBM, and Cisco rounding out the top five.

What I was most excited to see is that business intelligence (BI) and analytics are considered to be top technology growth areas. According to the report, "This year the results from the 2008 Aberdeen Report indicate that mobility will take a back seat to business intelligence and analytics as the technology capabilities having the greatest impact over the next 3-5 years." For more information about the Aberdeen Group's "Annual State of the Market Report," go to http://www.aberdeen.com/2-0/campaigns/14-aberdeen-report-2008-landing-page.asp.

With BI and analytics becoming such hot topics in the market, it's smart for SQL Server DBAs and developers to learn all they can about SQL Server's BI capabilities. For more information about SQL Server BI, check out the following SQL Server Magazine articles:

SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence Enhancements

Can’t Wait for SQL Server 2008!

Information Integration: SSRS and MOSS 2007

SSRS and MOSS 2007: Deploying the Power

Building Your Data Warehouse

SQL Server 2005 Data Mining Add-ins for Office 2007

Use SSRS and SSIS to Create a DBA Repository

SQL Server Integration Services

SQL Server Reporting Services