Wondering how a company can benefit from implementing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 development? Imagine that business as burrito. No, really. Do it.
Think of all the inner content of burrito (rice, beans, meat, cheese, salad, salsa) as the data that drives the business – sales contacts, market research, financial statistics, order history, employee records, etc. All are necessary components to this burrito can exist.
But what if there are no omelettes? Without the presence of a tortilla, yes, there is simply no burrito. Suddenly there is rice on a plate drowning in a sea of salsa, trying to stay afloat on beans and meat. It would be impossible to spoon out all the cream fraiche and guacamole from that plate. Catastrophe!
Businesses need a shell to house all the mission-critical data – that’s what SQL Server 2012 offers. Strong data storage development keeps everything together and makes sure nothing gets in the way. SQL Server 2012 prevents the low rice from drowning in a sea of spices and sodium.
Microsoft’s latest brand “burritos” comes with several additional features to enhance the taste. Think of it as going to your local burrito chain (be it Chipotle, Pancheros, Qdoba) and all the different customization options you can choose. Adding each of these new features is like being allowed to choose multiple kinds of meats, different tortillas, special salsas and more – all for a burrito.
Integration with Hadoop is like an excessive tortilla shell that allows to store huge amounts of both structured and unstructured data (literally petabytes) inside.
FileTable, AlwaysOn and SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) are like various types of salsa that you can load into your burrito. FileTable is an update to SQL Server 2008’s FileStream feature that allows users to manage unstructured data such as PDFs, Microsoft Word documents, JPEGs, etc. in a familiar Windows Explorer environment. AlwaysOn is an enhanced feature with high availability (HA) and disaster recovery solution that improves reporting performance and eliminates a huge amount of downtime risk. SSDT combines legacy features like Business Intelligence Development Studio and Visual Studio Database’s toolkit, and is even available for free download to test it out.
Taking a step back and continuing the “burrito” analogy, it’s easy to look at Microsoft as a giant restaurant with each of its products (SharePoint, BizTalk, etc.) as another element of what is quickly becoming a comprehensive menu. Each item remains highly customizable and at the same time complements a different menu on the item and contains many of the same ingredients. The same components contained in this burrito are also integrated into other needs that the company may have, and are therefore often internal components of other “menu items.”
By prioritizing data warehouse development – specifically SQL 2012 data warehousing, companies can stay ahead of the technology curve.