I met with Tom Casey, a SQL GM in Microsoft's data and storage platform division, in between his presentations at the Business Intelligence Conference in October and the SQL PASS Summit in November.

In this podcast Casey covers what's new in SQL Server 2008 and why he thinks the time is ripe for developers and DBAs to migrate to it. He highlights the BI visualization controls and managed self-service in the upcoming Gemini release.

Casey discusses the upcoming Kilimanjaro BI-focused release of SQL Server and the Madison project. Plus, he touches upon the move to the cloud with SQL Server Data Services.