Yesterday I did a webcast for SQL Server MVPs. Boy I cannot get enough of talking to this group. They are an amazing group of people who have incredible passion for the product. Anyway, during the web cast I was asked if and when we’ll do a browser-based admin tool for SQL Server. In hindsight I don’t think I gave this question the appropriate answer. So let me set the record straight. Internally we’ve had numerous discussions about shipping a browser-based admin tool for SQL Server. We always start out with it’s a good idea and we should do it. But we always end with not doing it.
I think the key is we don’t really understand the scenarios where a browser-based admin tool is preferable to a thick client. I’m a strong advocate of browser-based apps. Honestly I hate installing software on my machine. But for the SQL Server Admin, isn’t a client tool necessary?
I realize in the hosted space a thick client may not be practical. The hosted space has an entire set of unique requirements so let’s put them aside for this conversation.
So here’s my request. Post here or send me (using the send email link on the left nav) the reasons why we should do a browser-based admin tool. In the context of the SQL Server admin (i.e. DBA) what are the scenarios where the browser is better than a thick client? In short, convince me to make it a priority! J