It seems like there is always a product reaching end-of-life, from Windows XP to Windows Server 2003. There seems like there is a constant upgrade cycle that IT professionals have to support. But have you thought about why the end-of-life of SQL Server 2005 is a good thing? What will you get out of the effort to move your database instances to a more recent version of SQL Server?
Now may be the perfect time to deploy Microsoft SQL Server 2014. While it enables faster data processing and performance, it also helps ensure business-critical performance, helps in maintaining security and compliance, and optimizes your data infrastructure. Microsoft has several resources to support your migration from SQL Server 2005, but have you read a recent study on the benefits of moving from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2012 or 2014?
Microsoft commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact study to examine the potential ROI of deploying SQL Server 2012 and 2014. The significant, measurable benefits its test organizations reported resulted in the modeling of a representative organization that achieved 113 percent ROI and included:
- User productivity and error reductions
- IT resource productivity and support reductions
- Profit from direct and sales-led revenue
- Customer churn cost savings
- Cost reductions of improved security
- Annual software and hardware savings