Exact has next mission:
Serving entrepreneurial businesses is at the heart of what we do. We serve local and international companies in more than 125 countries and offer our solutions in more than 40 languages. Our solutions provide our customers the freedom to successfully address challenges and opportunities, creating value for their customers and ultimately for themselves.
With this mission in mind, I look to all new products of Microsoft. Last week SQL Server 2008 R2 is released to manufacturing. I'm indeed enthousiastic about this product. Some new features can be very useful for our customers like data compression and the powerpivots. However our customers are enterpreneurs which do not have a lot of IT knowledge. If you look to PowerPivot, this products is too complex for them to install and configure. Please have a look to the one page architecture. It explains everything:
If we look to data compression it is only available as of the Enterprise edition. This feature can be very useful for them to save diskspace and improve performance. However 95% of our customers is using the Express, Workgroup or Standard edition of SQL server. The price difference between these versions with the Enterprise edition is too big for them.
In SQL Server 2008 R2 2 new editions are introduced however all for the high end market: SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter edition and SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse edition.
I hope that this is not a new trend that Microsoft is moving to the high end market. I hope they will not forget the entrepeneur. Let's see what the future will bring.
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