As long as it's not in your department's budget, Microsoft SQL Server is great
July 16, 2021

As long as it's not in your department's budget, Microsoft SQL Server is great

Blake Baron | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft SQL Server

We use it as our central data warehouse across the entire organization for most of our data needs. We base our MicroStrategy Analytics software off of it, executive reporting off of it, and use it to house several years of transaction and inventory data. It serves as the central source of truth.
  • Is reasonably responsive even when thousands of queries are executing at the same time
  • Provides an end user experience that allows for intuitive use of structured query language coding
  • The database explorer is intuitive and easy to use for SQL neophytes
  • This is probably a sys admin setting, but it forces me to reset my password every month
  • I've heard the enterprise edition is quite costly
  • If we want to do anything substantial with it beyond simple storing and reporting, we often need to hire consultants
  • Uptime--we have a truly 24/7 business and can't afford even a moment of downtime
  • Universal SQL inputs--if your analyst knows SQL in other environments, you can plug them in right into their role
  • Security--keeps our data safe in the age of daily cyber security hacks
  • Enabled weekly reporting for executives to make timely decisions
  • Allows analysts to support ad hoc initiatives to drive organizational value
  • Automated updates ease workload on the database administrators, allowing labor expenses to be lowered
Microsoft was the original creator of the SQL database, and thus, they still rule the market and drive innovation when it comes to data warehousing systems. It's comparable in price and allows you to retain the structured datasets that you lose when you change to a NoSQL database structure.

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As long as my colleague that I'm recommending Microsoft SQL Server to has an unlimited budget, it's great. Truly best-in-class enterprise-wide data warehousing and reporting functionality; Microsoft SQL Server is the real deal for robust reporting. It's best suited for a Fortune 500 company that definitely has the budget for IT sophistication.