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SQL Server 2008 End of Support

The end of support and security updates for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 means that any systems running the platform will become vulnerable to outside threats and non-compliancy with industry regulations such as GDPR.

Microsoft will continue to protect SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 IaaS servers running in Azure at no additional cost until July 2022. We can help consolidate any existing SQL instances before migrating to the cloud to maximise your performance and ROI.

Get started on your journey by seeing if you qualify for a 1-2-1 discovery workshop with Softcat and DSP.

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Why Data Platform Modernisation?

As the role of data in enterprise organisations evolves, the IT infrastructure used to leverage it has to modernise as well. In the traditional model, data was centralised in a single data warehouse and used by a few in-house experts. Now, as new ERP, CRM, LOB and other applications are developed and rolled out, the role of data is transforming and the importance of gaining insights from these sources is unmistakable.

Simply put, the flood of data coming from social media, web, and IoT sources has transformed the data handling requirements of modern business, and IT needs to evolve along with it.

For limited time only we can offer you a free ½ day workshop to understand your environment, and from there we will create an internal business case to understand your roadmap, review your IT estate and help to define where you need to be heading. Get in contact today to see if you qualify.

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Why Softcat and DSP?

Softcat along with DSP and Microsoft offer proven approaches to modernisation projects. We ensure rapid delivery at minimum risk while maximising the value returned to your business, in terms of enhanced capability at low cost.

Our workshop offers the opportunity to learn from experienced and renowned experts in the industry. Providing real examples of how customers within your industry have achieved significant cost savings, and enhanced business outcomes.

The session will start by looking at the roadmap for SQL Server in Azure, before moving onto the business case for data platform modernisation.

As a follow-up, we can take you through a survey to learn more about your environment. From this, a business case for Data Platform Modernisation will be created specific to your business.

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Sample Workshop Agenda

Your 1-2-1 discovery workshop will be tailored to you. Fill in the form below to see if you qualify for a first come, first serve space.

Review of Project Objectives

  • Business Objectives
  • Business Requirements
  • And more

Overview of Existing Architecture

  • Production and pre-production servers
  • Application tier and database tier
  • And more

Formalised Technical Requirements

  • Application requirements
  • Architecture tiers
  • RPO/RTO requirements
  • Software licensing
  • And more

Project Nature

  • Key milestone dates/constraints
  • Testing (SIT, UAT)
  • Go live planning
  • And more

Company Architecture Standards

  • Reference Architecture
  • Guiding Principles
  • And more

Overview of Existing Architecture

  • Consider 1+ architecture alternatives
  • Architecture Diagrams
  • And more

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