SQL Server 2014 in the Retail Sector

SQL Server 2014 enables customers to build mission-critical applications and Big Data solutions using high-performance, in-memory technology across OLTP, data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics workloads without having to buy expensive add-ons or high-end appliances.

How do you boost availability and speed disaster recovery across an expanding, global data infrastructure? For Amway, the answer is with Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and Windows Azure. In pilot tests, Amway found the two Microsoft technologies worked together to support 100 percent availability and reduce data center recovery time from six person-hours to 30 seconds. Link: http://bit.ly/QbMbxl
Lufthansa Systems
As its business grows, Lufthansa Systems wants to anticipate customer needs for high-availability and disaster-recovery solutions. To meet this goal, it plans to adopt Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and Windows Azure. In a successful pilot, the Microsoft technology led to even faster and fuller data recovery, reduced costs, and the potential for a vastly increased focus on customer service and solutions, compared with the company’s current solutions. Link: http://bit.ly/QbMHv9
For Edgenet, serving up real-time information is its lifeblood. To ensure that its customers receive timely, accurate product data, Edgenet powers its online selling guide with the In-memory OLTP solution delivered with Microsoft SQL Server 2014. Edgenet is also using self-service business intelligence (BI) to improve its own operations. By taking advantage of Microsoft in-memory technologies, the company can provide real-time access to product data, gains seven times faster throughput, and improves both customer satisfaction and business insight. Link: http://bit.ly/1qWOEY6
Online digital entertainment company bwin.party provides online gaming and other offerings to almost 2 million people. Because the organization needed a better ability to support rapid business growth and improve website performance, it deployed an in-memory online transaction processing (OLTP) solution in Microsoft SQL Server 2014. The company can now handle 250,000 requests per second and can offer players a faster, smoother gaming experience. bwin.party also expects to save as much as US$100,000 on hardware costs and is increasing revenue. Link: http://bit.ly/QbNlsK 
Baltika Breweries
As it continues to grow, Baltika Breweries needs more than skill in combining hops, malt, water, and yeast. It also needs a cost-effective way to scale out its mission-critical customer relationship management software. To meet that need, the company now uses the AlwaysOn Availability and In-Memory OLTP technologies of Microsoft SQL Server 2014. Throughput is up by at least 150 percent, supporting a 54 percent increase in users. Availability and IT productivity are both up, too. Link: http://bit.ly/QbNEDI

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