Has Microsoft’s SQL Server missed the boat?
Nov 17, 2005: With five years between updates Microsoft SQL Server 2005 is out, but can it deliver in the face of energetic open source competition?
What this article fails to mention however, is that I haven’t really seen any wide spread critical demand for SQL Server 2005 from existing SQL Server 2000 customers. There are two key drivers for upgrades, new applications and problems with existing platform. The existing SQL Server 2000 platform, for the majority of users that I know, had very few issues and weren’t really too concerned about when the upgrade was going to become available. In fact a few years of platform stability has been a welcome luxury. Now that it’s released, many organizations plan to start looking at it with a view to implement mid 2006.
New applications one the other hand is the current driver, but the development of these tend to align with the product release cycle. Sure we have rolled out a number of Analysis Services 2005, Integration Services 2005 and Reporting Services 2005 applications but only because this line up with the release schedule provided by Microsoft. Don’t get me wrong, there are many great benefits in 2005, but I see these being mainly for new apps.
Some of the more major “left field” features introduced in SQL Server 2005, .NET integration, XML data types, Service Broker, are not yet even fully understood by many and I only see pockets of demand today for such features. But again, I expect this to change rapidly mid 2006 as the business benefits start to become apparent, and best practices are developed through others successes and failures.