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SharePoint Confession

Why I dumped SQL 2008R2

Written By: High Monkey
Posted: 2/7/2013

(From the mind of Peter Serzo, Previously VP of Consulting Services at High Monkey)

Good Day all, welcome to the SharePoint Confessions Series. We here at High Monkey like to do things a bit different but yet address your business pain. The SharePoint Confessions series is our way of sharing information we have gathered in the real world at one of our many fine customers. We like to do things a bit different, we pride ourselves on our honesty and being technologically agnostic, and finally, ensuring we are solving a business pain. SharePoint Confessions encompasses all of these values. In terms of media, we may share information in a short 5 minute video blog, a written blog, or a webinar that is to the point.

The first in this series is a webinar I did on February 5, 2013. It is called Why I dumped SQL 2008R2. Click on the link after you finished this short explanation.

First of all you will notice that I have used the allegory of being dumped. I am reading a book called Moonwalking with Einstein and it speaks much about imagery and memory recollection. As a result I like the whole idea of using popular culture and famous dump scenes – i.e. Fatal Attraction, The Sure Thing, Kim&Blake. You might not get all of the references but maybe one or two will stick.

The second thing you will notice is I get right into the reasons – no fluff. The webinar was 35 minutes because I want you to retain the main reasons for why I moved and move my customers to SQL 2012 SP1. Here are my main reasons (and remember they are related to SharePoint, not just for SQL reasons):

  1. SP1
  2. SSRS is a Service Application
  3. SSRS PowerShell
  4. Semantic Model
  5. Tabular Mode
  6. Power View
  7. SSRS is Claims
  8. SSRS ULS Logging
  9. SSRS Central Admin backup DB
  10. SSRS Data Alerts
  11. With SP1 – Support for SharePoint 2013 BI
  12. With SP1 – SQL Express has full SSMS Support
  13. With SP1 – Power View works on its own with Excel 2013
  14. With SP1 – SSRS/PerformancePoint has support for IPAD

I gave away a free copy of my book to whoever emailed the most references but the feedback was – that was too distracting. So I probably will figure out a different way to do that in the future.

I hope all who attended enjoyed – my philosophy is that life is dry enough, let's make it interesting and ensure we learn at the same time.

Here is a list of the movies referenced:

Forgetting Sarah Marshall / Fatal Attraction / Twilight / The Sure Thing / War of the Roses / Lincoln / The Last Stand / Bridget Jones Diary / Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind / My Super Ex Girlfriend / Stepbrothers / Back to the Future

We will be scheduling another innovative SharePoint Confession shortly. In the meantime, check out Virgil's SharePoint Confession: SharePoint 2013 as a WCMS on

Chad's Bio Coming Soon!

More About Virgil

Virgil Carroll is the owner and president of High Monkey – based in Minneapolis Minnesota. Virgil also wears the multiple ‘hats’ of Principle Human Solutions Architect and SharePoint Architect.

Virgil is one of those rare individuals who can dive deep into technical topics while speaking clearly to the business owners of a project and never forgetting that the end user experience has the highest priority. He calls it using both sides of his brain. Virgil is passionate about leveraging technologies ‘out of the box’ as much as possible with a focus on the strategic use of content to create websites that deliver the right content to the right audience on the right device at the right time. Virgil brings high energy, an ironic wit, and a sense of grounded perspective whenever he speaks to an audience. Virgil regularly speaks at conferences and user groups throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe.

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