3 Reasons To Modernize Your Data Estate

3 Reasons To Modernize Your Data Estate

There are major benefits awaiting organizations that modernize their data estate, including enhanced security and compliance, significant cost savings, and the ability to empower employees with business insights and advanced analytics capabilities.

With an out-of-date data platform, you could be…

  • Missing out on game changing cost benefits
  • Opening your business to potential vulnerabilities
  • Falling behind without modern analytics capabilities

What does it mean to ‘modernize’?

Modernization means taking advantage of the latest technologies to create transformational business benefits. With Microsoft, you have the flexibility to modernize your data estate in the way that’s right for your business:

  • Upgrade to SQL Server 2017: Move to a database with industry-leading performance and security—now on Windows, Linux, and Docker containers.
  • Modernize in the cloud: Move to Azure to get greater cost efficiencies, state-of-the-art security, and powerful data and analytics services – with fully-managed database-as-a-service (DBaaS) solutions.
  • Take a hybrid approach: Deploy across on-premises and the cloud to extend your infrastructure and improve business continuity.

Why modernize now?

Reduce cost & maximize your investment

Benefits of SQL Server 2017

  • #1 database in Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) price/performance
  • Unmatched Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) with everything built in
  • Get a comprehensive solution at one-fifth the cost of other self-service solutions with comprehensive BI
  • Reduce costs and create efficiencies with faster transactions with In-Memory OLTP and up to 100x faster analytics with in-memory Columnstore
  • Cut productivity losses and speed query performance without tuning using Adaptive Query Processing

Benefits of Microsoft Azure

  • Scale up or down quickly with pay-as-you-go, consumptionbased pricing and reduce licensing and hardware costs
  • 50% of businesses reported reaching ROI at a faster rate with cloud applications
  • Optimize costs for database workloads with different VM sizes
  • 75% lower costs on software licenses with Azure

Gain state-of-the-art, award-winning security

Benefits of SQL Server 2017

  • Least vulnerable of any enterprise database over last 7 years
  • Encrypt data at rest and in motion with Always Encrypted
  • Conceal sensitive data with Dynamic Data Masking
  • Control access to database rows with Row-Level Security

Benefits of Microsoft Azure

  • Meet a broad set of international and industry-specific compliance regulations
  • Continuous security-health monitoring across Azure, on-premises, and public clouds

Solve bigger problems with advanced business insights

Benefits of SQL Server 2017

  • Real-time operational analytics when you combine in-memory technologies
  • Visualize data anywhere with Mobile BI
  • Scale and accelerate machine learning by pushing intelligence to where the data lives with in-database R and Python analytics

Benefits of Microsoft Azure

  • Leading AI innovation to discover insights faster
  • Advanced machine learning capabilities at your fingertips

With the tech available to every business, modernization is now the norm. With a solution like SQL Server, you can reduce costs and maximize your investment, gain state-of-the-art, award-winning security, and solve bigger problems with advanced business insights.

If that sounds great but you’re unsure of how to proceed, it’s time to call the experts at Oakwood Systems Group at (314) 824-3000 or drop us a line in the form below. We’re industry professionals who have in-depth experience with helping businesses just like yours to plan, integrate, and execute with new technological solutions like SQL Server. Contact us today to find out more on how we can help your business.


Interested in a 212% ROI?

Interested in a 212% ROI?

When you think about switching from running and housing your SQL Server on-premises to Azure, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the infrastructure maintenance savings.

But what about hidden savings? Like efficiency savings for your IT team and database admins? Or the freedom to expand your capacity as soon as you need it?

Just last week we detailed that SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 will no longer be supported by Microsoft starting in July 2019. Outside of the reasons stated above, here’s a few more on why this is an issue to be addressed sooner than later.

  1. Mitigate risks with platform security and compliance: There will be no access to critical security updates, opening the potential for business interruptions and loss of data.
  2. Upgrade to better cost efficiency: Maintaining legacy servers, firewalls, intrusion systems, and other tools can get expensive quickly.
  3. Modernize to innovate: Grow your environments with data, analytics and the cloud.

In a recent financial impact study by Forrester, they detail all of the potential savings, costs, frustrations, and advantages associated with switching to the Azure cloud and the results are exciting!

At Oakwood Systems Group, Inc., we want what is best for your business. Contact us to learn more.

We get it. Change is scary!

We get it. Change is scary!

We get it. Change is scary. If you’ve been running the same operating system for many years, a large-scale overhaul is understandably intimidating.

However, with service ending for SQL and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, now is the time to make the switch to Azure and experience the latest in innovation and security.

If you are still running either of these, don’t panic! Microsoft has put options in place to give you the time you need, and we at Oakwood Systems Group, Inc., are here to assist you with a smooth transition.

Almost any business using technology is producing enormous amounts of data. Unfortunately, much of this data comes in a wide range of formats and most businesses don’t have the tools or know-how to fully utilize it.  

This is exactly what SitePro observed in the oil and gas industry, where large amounts of data were being generated but not used to their fullest extent. Using Azure, SitePro was able to compile this data and channel it all through a single, user-friendly application available to their customers. 

Suddenly, oil and gas companies could see in real time what was going on at their various fields and know exactly when servicing was needed on their equipment, saving them valuable time and resources. 

What could your data be waiting to tell you? Find out with Azure. Call or write us today.