This chapter described some truly interesting SQL Server-based implementations. These examples reflect how major software vendors such as SAP have utilized SQL Server as the core of their ERP data tier, how Internet-based companies rely on SQL Server to host their e-commerce applications, and how SQL Server can be used to fulfill various decision support and business intelligence needs of major corporations. These examples were selected because they are rock solid and reflect similar scenarios that you may face. It is this flexibility and reliability that will allow you to be successful as well.
The next chapter starts to delve into the functionality of the SQL Server Management Studio environment.