Microsoft released two templates for its SQL Server Accelerator for BI, a rapid application development tool that automates some of the low-level programming work required to build analytical applications, often referred to as "business intelligence" (BI) applications.
The templates add support for financial services and manufacturing companies and follow similar templates released in May for retail, sales and marketing.
The idea is to help customers make use of information stored in their enterprise applications. The templates make it faster and easier to build applications that analyse such information.
The financial services template provides a predefined schema, key performance indicators and a model for gathering relevant types of information. A bank could, for example, build an analytical program that helps it discern how effective its sales channels are.
The manufacturing template provides a model for analysing shop floor operations and could help users evaluate the cause of high labour costs, or find opportunities to reduce production costs.
The templates can be downloaded from Microsoft's Web site at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-2017/, although the software maker suggests that customers work with one of its partners if they do not have experience building business intelligence applications.
SQL Server Accelerator for Business Intelligence is free to SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition customers. It is available in English, French and German.