Over the past few years the acronym SS?S (standing for SQL Server something something) has seen increased usage within the SQL Server product. We now have:
- SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
- SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS)
- SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
- SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
Pretty soon, probably in the release after SQL Server 2008 R2, one of these is going to get overloaded because Microsoft recently announced that SQL Server Modeling Services is going to be introduced into the product and that's going to give another meaning to the acronym SSMS. Trouble abounds...
It made me think what other such acronyms we might see in the future. StreamInsight is going to appear in SQL Server 2008 R2, is that going to be rebranded as SQL Server Insight Services (SSIS - oops, another collision) I wonder? Or perhaps even SQL Server Event Services? And what of the Microsoft Semantic Engine that is purported to be coming in the future? Will that be SQL Server Semantic Services (ye gods - SSSS)?
Thankfully the Master Data Services team have managed to resist the temptation to prepend "SQL Server" onto their oft-used name otherwise we might have heard SSMDS being bandied about as well. Or maybe that should have been SQL Server Master Services? Oh...
I await news with interest.