Where in the World is AdventureWorks?
Recently, SQL Community feedback from twitter prompted me to look in vain for SQL Server 2014 versions of the AdventureWorks sample databases we’ve all grown to know & love.
I searched Codeplex, then used the bing & even the google in an effort to locate them, yet all I could find were samples on different sites highlighting specific technologies, an incomplete collection inconsistent with the experience we users had learned to expect. I began pinging internally & learned that an update to AdventureWorks wasn’t even on the road map.
Fortunately, SQL Marketing manager Luis Daniel Soto Maldonado (t) lent a sympathetic ear & got the update ball rolling; his direct report Darmodi Komo recently announced the release of the shiny new sample databases for OLTP, DW, Tabular, and Multidimensional models to supplement the extant In-Memory OLTP sample DB.
What Success Looks Like
In my correspondence with the team, here’s how I defined success:
1. Sample AdventureWorks DBs hosted on Codeplex showcasing SQL Server 2014’s latest-&-greatest features, including:
- In-Memory OLTP (aka Hekaton)
- Clustered Columnstore
- Online Operations
- Resource Governor IO
2. Where it makes sense to do so, consolidate the DBs (e.g., showcasing Columnstore likely involves a separate DW DB)
3. Documentation to support experimenting with these features
As Microsoft Senior SDE Bonnie Feinberg (b) stated, “I think it would be great to see an AdventureWorks for SQL 2014. It would be super helpful for third-party book authors and trainers. It also provides a common way to share examples in blog posts and forum discussions, for example.”
Exactly. We’ve established a rich & robust tradition of sample databases on Codeplex. This is what our community & our customers expect. The prompt response achieves what we all aim to do, i.e., manifests the Service Design Engineering mantra of “delighting the customer”. Kudos to Luis’s team in SQL Server Marketing & Kevin Liu’s team in SQL Server Engineering for doing so.
Download AdventureWorks 2014
Download your copies of SQL Server 2014 AdventureWorks sample databases here.