Nothing like a freebie
There are plenty of other reasons why the price cuts dont impress SQL Server fans, including the fact that Microsoft gives away its Reporting Services business intelligence software for free with SQL Server, whereas Oracle charges extra for this functionality. Thats a huge value-add for a small business. Take a company like Cascade Designs, a company that sells outdoor products such as camping stoves and takes in less than $100 million a year. The companys been using both Reporting Services and Microsofts OLAP product, Analysis Services, for the past three or four years. Between those two free products, theyre doing BI that they would have only been able to achieve were they to spend five or six figures on something like Cognos or Business Objects. Theres more. Theres the cost of the manpower it takes to run Oracle. That relates to ease of usewhich, granted, is supposed to be pretty darn improved in 10g. But still, Oracles got a long, long history of requiring a lot of knob-turning by a lot of very smart, very well-paid people.Obviously, the reasons for sticking with SQL Server go on and on. But, to be fair, there are good reasons why some businesses should stop and think about the choice, now that the choice of Oracle has been made more appealing in some respects. High availability and the potential for exponential growth come to mind. Next page: Reasons why Oracle might be a better choice.
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