Vendor Crap

Breaking from the week-long geek fest, I felt I needed to rant somewhat about vendor provided databases. Working in my environment, the majority of SQL Server databases are vendor provided. We have a few in-house applications but most of those are on our Oracle infrastructure, for now (insert evil laugh).

More often than not it has been my experience that vendors do not understand security and common accepted best practices for SQL Server not to mention the provided installation documentation is usually horrid. It is not too much to ask for vendors to understand the database environment in which they deploy. I am thoroughly frustrated after trying to install a database today from a vendor who after several phone conversations I began to realize that they do not understand how certain aspects of SQL Server work and that scares me thoroughly!  End of rant, enjoy!

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Posted on May 10, 2012, in Troubleshooting and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I have been involved in several retail software companies. It is my experience that few have DB professionals on staff. They consider the heavy lifting to be the UI – so they tend to focus on app developers which can handle data required for UI but usually fail when it comes down to optimizable data schemas. The shame is that during the sales process – there is too little data to show the stress points that reporting and analysis will later impose.

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