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Andy Leonard

Andy Leonard is a Data Philosopher at Andy Leonard Consulting, an SSIS Trainer, Consultant, and developer; a Business Intelligence Markup Language (Biml) developer and BimlHero; SQL Server database and data warehouse developer, community mentor, engineer, and farmer. He is a co-author of SQL Server Integration Services Design Patterns, and author of Managing Geeks - A Journey of Leading by Doing, and the Stairway to Integration Services.

SQL Server 2005 SP4

Steve Jones (Blog - @way0utwest) shares he found a post confirming Microsoft's intention to deliver a Service Pack 4 for SQL Server 2005! Cool. Thanks for responding to the community, Microsoft.

When SQL Server 2005 was released, the community told Microsoft 5 years was too long to wait for a new release of SQL Server. Since they released SQL Server 2008 - less than three years after the release of SQL Server 2005 - the community has repeatedly communicated this was too soon.

I think both are accurate: for some folks, three years is too soon. For others, five years is too long.

Which describes you?

:{> Andy

Published Monday, February 15, 2010 8:00 AM by andyleonard
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Eric Wisdahl said:

4 years?  Just joking.  

I think that with releases approximately 3 years apart it becomes more feasible for companies and individuals to "skip" a generation if they are the type that likes slower release cycles (i.e. 5 year life cycles).  If you or your company are more into learning the latest technologies and utilizing the full power of these emerging technologies, then the 3 year life cycle is probably more to your liking.  Personally, I like the 3 year cycle.  But then, I also enjoy spending some of my free time reading sql tech books... so perhaps I'm not the best person to ask :-)

February 15, 2010 9:00 AM

Tracy Hamlin said:

I agree - Some feel 3 years is too soon and 5 years is too long.  So let's go with 4 years!  

Actually, my preference would be for Microsoft to have a clear picture of the improvements and updates it wants to make for the next release, project a time frame in which they can make the updates, then release when it's ready.  I would much rather have a well-tested, stable release we can count on then just pushing out whatever they have (or may not have ready) on a certain time frame.  

February 19, 2010 10:52 AM

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