To help address the challenges of increasing data volumes by rapidly turning data into actionable business insights, the software giant, Microsoft has unveiled the latest version of the world’s most widely deployed data platform, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 in Nigeria.
This was in line with expanding on Microsoft’s commitment to help
customers manage any data, regardless of size, both on_premises and in
The Solutions Specialist, Microsoft Nigeria, Olufemi George while
speaking at the launch,, said, “According to Worldwide Regional Public
IT Cloud Services (2011 – 2015) forecast, digital data will grow 44
times over the next decade. So, whatever the type or size of data, SQL
Server 2012 delivers the platform and familiar tools to manage data,
generate actionable insights and help drive business impact.”
Similarly, Mr. Femi Oyenuga, Senior Manager, Enterprise Information
Management, MTN Nigeria in his own reaction said that, “Microsoft’s data
platform has continued to advance and help us keep up with the evolving
world of data.”
Meanwhile, reports by Forrester Consulting, a research firm, on the
total economic impact and potential return on Investment (ROI),
confirmed that organizations might realise that by upgrading to the
Microsoft SQL Server 2012, their server can deliver an anticipated ROI
of between 149 percent and 189 percent with a projected 12_month payback
SQL server 2012: proven capability
SQL Server 2012 has already been deployed for production use by
hundreds of global, industry_leading customers, such as Volvo Car Corp.,
Revlon, the HSN, Sanofi Pasteur, Klout and LG Chemical. Customers
choosing SQL Server 2012 enjoy the benefit of a rich hardware and
software partner ecosystem that can create solutions for the most unique
and demanding data management needs.
Tackling big data
IT research firm Gartner estimates that the volume of global data is
growing at a rate of 59 percent per year, with 70 to 85 percent in
Furthering its commitment to connect SQL Server and rich business
intelligence tools, such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPivot for Excel 2010
and Power View, with unstructured data, Microsoft announced plans to
release an additional limited preview of an Apache Hadoop_based service
for Windows Azure in the first half of 2012.
The company also disclosed additional details regarding its plans to release an Apache Hadoop_based service for Windows Azure.
It would be recalled that since the first limited preview released in
December, customers such as Webtrends and the University of Dundee are
using the Hadoop_based service to glean simple, actionable insights from
complex data sets hosted in the cloud.
Continued improvements, new levels of return on investment
To help customers more cost_effectively manage their enterprise_scale
workloads, Microsoft will release several new data warehousing
solutions in conjunction with the general availability of SQL Server
2012, slated to begin April 1.
This includes a major software update and new half_rack form factors
for Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse appliances, as well as
availability of SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse reference
architectures for SQL Server 2012.
Microsoft and partners also announced that SQL Server 2012 has
demonstrated new record_breaking performance benchmarks through partner_
and Microsoft_led testing that underscores SQL Server’s ability to
scale across the enterprise.
Those interested can find more information about the announcements or
download an evaluation copy of SQL Server 2012 at the SQL Server
virtual press kit.
The launch held at the prestigious Civic Centre in Lagos, Nigeria and
had in attendance, professionals from diverse sectors of the economy
including telecoms, banking, manufacturing and oil & gas.
Highlight of the occasion was a panel sitting with speakers from companies such as Interswitch, Oando, MTN, among others.