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Microsoft fires up CTP generator with latest SQL Server

The CTP of SQL Server  2008 R2 is now available

Community Technical Previews have become an inevitable, incremental step in the Microsoft trudge towards availability.  VARs can download the CTP and check out new support for up to 256 cores, and geospatial visualization capabilities in Report Builder 3.0.

It was not explicitly stated that the latest-and-greatest SQL Server will run both on Windows Server 2008 R2, due this fall and the current Windows Server 2003 release. One can’t assume anything given the latest Exchange Server 2007 kerfuffle.  In mid July, Microsoft let it slip in the middle of a blog post, that the current Exchange Server 2007 email will not run on future versions of Windows Server 2008, including the upcoming R2.

I’m guessing the new database will not run on the old(er) OS but just to be clear, have asked Microsoft to specify whether SQL Server 2008 R2 will run on both the upcoming Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2003.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Microsoft says the new database will, in fact, run on both Windows Server 2003 and the new Windows Server 2008 R2.

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What's the biggest hurdle with offshoring IT jobs?
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Language, time zone and knowledge of specifics. Countries like China , and India are producing engineers like compact cars but their more focused on cuantity and quality. When supporting a 24/7 operation you need to talk to someone that will understand as quick as possible what the issues are.
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It’s a total disaster, by the time they come up to speed, they leave.
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speaking a foreign language
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I worked with an offshore development team for a couple of years, and what they generally produced was not what was needed. The communication gap, how people interpret things just caused a lot of problems with deliverables. This was resolved to a point by having an interpreter who was technical, but by the time you paid both of us, was there really any money saved?
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Quality is what is being sacrified. OUtsourcing company and the company receiving the job don't understand importance of exchanging right information to provide quality output
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Quality comes with pay; the ones who work for less give less
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Quality issues are the result of turnover, cultural issues.
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"When the reshoring involves white collar jobs, somehow companies are more reluctant to talk about its failure offshoring IT jobs."

American execs don't want to admit they were wrong and American IT workers were right all along. Since American elites and execs are on a power trip, they don't want to admit that what American techies told them back in 1999 was right - that might reduce elites' power.
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I never understood the whole concept of offshoring and bringing in visa workers - you completely get what you pay for, and how long can some fake labor arbitrage last? Thanks God people are finally waking up to the realites of the greatest con-job of this last decade
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Wholesale off-shoring was never a good idea in my opinion and there is a long list of IT and BPO off-shoring efforts that went wrong. Too few decision makers nowadays are prepared to adjust their approaches based on facts and figures, too many often just regurgitate the mainstream opinions of the day.
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The real question is about knowledge management. Most of the companies that I know don't have accurate repositories and rely on what their staff learns over time and retains. If you want to move this to another geography and add turnover, you have a recipe for trouble.
In order to have a successful offshoring experience you must have good grip on your knowledge assets and be capable of making sure that your vendor does the same for the duration of the contract. Reality has been that when an outsourcing decision is taken already a lot of the IC is locked in peoples heads as cost reduction measures led to poor documentation quality. This makes KT difficult and very imperfect given the time constraints and the rough emotional circumstances under which those changing jobs in the sending geography "educate" those picking up the ability.
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A lot is promised in terms of quality and cost savings. Rarely is the quality achieved. There are also significant questions on the cost savings when the total cost is considered. (increased management time, longer time to market, support from subject matter experts to support them, suplier management, etc.)
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My client undertook an one-year outsourcing experiment, and over a 12-month period 4 members of a 6-man crew turned over. After the first 3 mos, we were in a mode of constantly training a new guy.
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