Donald Farmer and I are headed for a smackdown.
If you don't know who Donald Farmer is, you probably haven't been to any technical conferences where BI was discussed. He's simply one of the finest minds on the topic that there is. Hius demos are flawless, he is engaging, interesting, and an all around bright guy. But this time, he's gone too far.
In a recent Facebook Post, Donald had teh unmittigated gall to insinuate that the BI features are the best new thing in SQL Server 2008 R2, the upcoming release of SQL Server. Sure, there are lots of new BI features, and turning data into "pretty pictures" is cool and all that, but c'mon - he thinks that beats Multi-server management, Data Tier application control, enhancements in the MDW and all the other cool DBA tools that R2 brings to the table? Surely he jests.
Well, in November he and I will share a stage at Teched Europe. The "Real World DBA" meets the "BI Master" - in a no-holds barred grudge match. We'll let the audience decide.
Bring it on, picture-boy.