In this case study (Microsoft Case Studies: Gulf Coast Seal), the first for Team Edition for Database Professionals, Gulf Coast Seal found great success in using the product to upgrade a mission-critical data warehouse with minimal impact on operations. At the same time, they obtained better control of their database development life cycle.
Gulf Coast Seal manufactures and globally distributes high-performance industrial sealing products. An upgrade of the company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) software required significant changes to the data warehouse used to access ERP data. To reduce impact to the business, the changes had to be performed and deployed with minimal downtime. Two programmers upgraded the data warehouse in only eight weeks by relying on Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals. Because deployment required merely eight hours, the impact on operations was minimal. Now, database developers are even more productive, collaborative, and firmly in control of database change. With better control of the database development life cycle and source control, Gulf Coast Seal continues to reduce risk and cost.