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Fun Time Friday: Black Friday, Mad Friday, Frantic Friday or Black Eye Friday


Black Friday (No,not Shopping!), Mad Friday, Frantic Friday or Black Eye Friday is a nickname for the last Friday before Christmas (Today!) in the United Kingdom.

It is the most popular night for office  Christmas parties, which consequently makes it one of the busiest nights in the year for ambulances and the police.

It's the office party today, although we are hopeful that we won't need to involve the ambulance or police this evening - we better not make any promises either!

It has been the last full work week before Christmas and with no deadlines or deliverable due this week the pressure has been off a little bit. None the less,  it has been a busy week ,  getting our projects into a state where can resume and complete work early in the new year.

We're in the midst of a migration to SQL Server 2014 for one client. There is a valid reason for choosing SQL Server 2014  as the target platform (as opposed to SQL Server 2016 or 2017) and we've made good progress so far migrating several non-production environments to the new platform. Come January  2019 we should be in good shape to complete the final production move.

The new year, 2019, will be interesting time for businesses that use the Microsoft Data Platform to support their critical business applications. A new version of SQL Server  - SQL Server 2019 is due to drop... well... in 2019! A new version of SQL Server always causes a little bit of stir with SQL Server enthusiasts and the SQL Server community. Businesses and organisations are not always as excited about a new SQL Server version.

SQL Server 2019

Business and companies  do however get a little more excited, enthused and motivated when their existing technology goes out of support. This you could argue is a much bigger driver for businesses in pushing them to upgrading and refreshing the data platform than a new release of  a new version of SQL Server causes.

In 2019 both SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 will go out of extended support with Microsoft. This will no doubt provide a big driver for many businesses to upgrade their legacy  SQL Servers.

SQL Server 2008 R2
SQL Server 2008

If this is a driver for your business to upgrade and refresh its  data platform, and you don't have the skills, or perhaps you don't have the time to deliver a data platform upgrade on top of all the other work you have on the we can help. Contact us and book a free consultation to discuss your SQL Server upgrade options.

If its your office party tonight, be safe and take care out there. As this will be the last post before Christmas - I'll use it to wish a very Merry Christmas.


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