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Important news as regards GoldMine and SQL 2012

As from 1st November, GoldMine will no longer be supplying the required SQL software free of charge in the license cost.  This is due to changes in the way Microsoft supply their product to companies like GoldMine.

During October 2013, we are able to offer upgrades to SQL 2012 at a 36% discount off the normal price.

We recommend GoldMine Users consider an Upgrade to SQL 2012 now:

  • Get the latest most current SQL version with enhancement and performance updates.

  • Avoid a more costly upgrade later as Microsoft sunsets older versions (SQL 2008 will not be available through us after March 31, 2014).

  • Upgrading now will avoid a higher upgrade cost when adding additional licenses next year.


In business terms, upgrading to SQL Server 2012 in the near future makes a great deal of sense. The indexing technology has been vastly improved and you’ll notice this translating to the speed of your GoldMine system. Additionally, Microsoft will stop shipping SQL 2008 in the near future which will mean that you’ll either need to provide proof that you own your own SQL 2012 in order to add GoldMine licences or purchase an upgrade. At these prices it makes sense to future proof your system now even if you don’t plan to carry out the actual physical upgrade right away.

These prices are strictly only valid until 30th Oct 2013 at which point they will revert back to the higher Price.

Summary of Key Benefits:

  • Integrations Services (SSIS) Enhancements – lots of usability enhancements have been made such as ability to undo and redo, a new SSIS Toolbox, grouping capabilities in the data flow, simplified data viewer configurations etc.

  • Master Data Services (MDS) Enhancements – improvements in the user interface (UI), performance improvements with the UI, ability to incorporate data quality services into the workflow process, and a new Excel add-in client.

  • New Feature: Data Quality Services (DQS) – this is a new product offering that has been added that allows you to create a knowledge base repository of data related items that can then be used to incorporate and use for data cleansing.

  • New Feature: Database Columnstore Indexes – the VertiPaq engine first introduced with PowerPivot has now been brought to the database engine and is available to use to create indexes on columns in the relational store.

  •  New Feature: Reporting Services (SSRS) Shared SharePoint Service – the SSRS integration with SharePoint will now be setup as a Shared SharePoint service just like Excel Services and PerformancePoint Services.

  • New Feature: Reporting Services (SSRS) Data Alerts – new self-service data-driven alerting capabilities have been added to allow end-users the ability to setup and define alerts using existing Reporting Services reports (provided in the SharePoint Integrated mode of Reporting Services)

  • PowerPivot Enhancements – with version 2 of PowerPivot there have been some major additions which include features like a new diagram view of the model, hierarchy and KPI support.

  • DAX Enhancements – new functions have been added to help simplify and provide additional capabilities.

  • New Feature: Analysis Services Tabular – the PowerPivot experience in Excel has also been added into the Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS) introducing a new Tabular project option.

  • New Feature: Power View (codenamed Project ‘Crescent’) – this is a brand new browser based Silverlight report authoring tool.

Please contact Wizard Systems on 01454 316800 for more information on the upgrade and pricing.




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