Posted by: kurtsh | February 26, 2009

INFO: Total Economic Analysis of SQL Server 2008 Upgrade & 12 ways to cut costs with SQL Server 2008

image In August 2008, Microsoft Corporation commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the total economic impact and potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises might realize by upgrading from SQL Server 2000 or 2005 to SQL Server 2008. SQL Server 2008 offers many features that improve the performance, administration, integration, security and availability of SQL Server databases. In addition, it increases the productivity of Database Administrators (DBA) and developers to better manage and exploit data stored in SQL databases. This study illustrates the financial impact of upgrading from a previous version of SQL Server to SQL Server 2008.

Conducting in-depth interviews with an existing SQL customer that upgraded to SQL Server 2008, Forrester found that the organization achieved benefits, some easily measured for this ROI study and others, equally as valuable, that could not be quantified. Specifically, the benefits fall into the following categories:

  1. avoided adding SQL Server 2008 servers – license and hardware savings;
  2. avoided adding storage;
  3. eliminated third-party software;
  4. avoided hiring additional IT employees;
  5. increased user productivity – business and IT;
  6. improved database performance and provided enhanced features;
  7. improved data security; and
  8. improved working experience

for the database administration team. Only the first five benefits were quantified as part of the ROI analysis. To fully understand the potential effect on their organizations, readers should consider all benefits, whether or not they could be quantified for this study.

This customer provided metrics to quantify components of the first five benefits listed above. For the interviewed customer, Forrester found that upgrading to Microsoft’s SQL Server 2008 delivered an anticipated ROI of between 162% and 181%.

imageThe Forrester study is downloadable below.


Additionally, a quick summary of SQL Server 2008’s cost cutting capabilities are summarized in the .XPS document below.

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