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Net, developers inadvertently and for obvious reasons use SQL Server as the Relational Database implementation for their Database interactions. However, working with SQL Server in an Enterprise environment demands a tad more than just knowing SQL (Structured Query Language) for that matter! It requires well groomed skills for effective and efficient back-end communication with SQL Server. In this post we would point some of the must-have skill sets for SQL Server. SQL Server Skills: System Architecture It is vitally important to realize that developers should have the architectural clarity of the system they are trying to build. They should be able to follow the logic and subsequent flow of data to and from the Database and so in many situations the SQL Server developer would find himself/herself in a situation where s/he would have to obviate glitches which could not otherwise be achieved without a fluent familiarity with the system architecture. Retrofitting and Modification During the process of an SQL Server developers career, s/he might be put into situation where a pre existing project would now demand an assimilation of SQL Server as its back end platform! This can be really trickier because the permutations and combinations could be very wide and large. For instance the existing project could have well been functioning with the good old flat files. Thus retrofitting SQL Server by swapping the earlier back-end platform out requires well honed skill; add to it that you might not have the leeway of shutting down the system for your retrofitting since the system could well be in production environment! Another situation that might be construed of in the similar situation of retrofitting SQL Server with an existing project is when the project was employed with some other Relational Database implementation and SQL Server is now required to replace it. Although the situation speciously appears to be similar to the one discussed above, however, replacing one Relational Database with another Relational Database (SQL Server) is totally different from replacing a flat file implementation with Relational Database like SQL Server. Consequently such alterations / modifications require definite skill.

Assimilation of SQL Server knowledge Databases are often perceived to be abstract and philosophic at its core as a result of this assumption Database mastery is not a mass phenomenon; it is generally assumed as a set esoteric principle known only to super mathematicians. While by no stretch of the word is SQL Server easy, however, it is not that difficult too! Being in constant touch with it and observing the various flows in execution would help acquire necessary skills. In a nut shell what we want to say is acquiring SQL Server skill should be done in small chunks rather than a big, whole-some bite which you might not be able to swallow easily. Official Certifications The task of acquiring skills has been rendered much easier after the outburst of certification courses by the technology / software inventors themselves. Microsoft itself offers many specialized courses on various facets of SQL Server. The aspirant might choose a particular course depending upon his/her developmental requirements and acquire the necessary skill from the very source itself! However, be noted that, certification courses (and the likes) are only to assist the aspirant. In other words, the aspirant must possess the basic zeal to lean, the required aptitude and prerequisite! Security More often than not before awarding you a job as an SQL Server developer the recruiters might want to have a clear understanding of your abilities when it comes to your development skills with regards to providing security to the Database, for obvious reasons that Database contain all the valuable information which are nothing less than assets of the company. So be prepared to hone and exhibit the security related capabilities when it would be enquired. Distributed Database With the increase in the volume of Enterprise data, the software industry swiftly moved towards distributed database computing. In this scenario the various functional units of the same organizations maintain a local database and all such local database units are finally linked to the mother database from where each one of them spawned. SQL Server, quite obviously, supports such distributed computing with databases however implementing such a distributed situation needs specialized skill. Thus, you might want to gain this skill as well.

As the business grows at a rate that was never achieved before, companies would strive to accumulate more data. As the volume of data would increase their storage would have to be further automated through Relational Databases like SQL Server. However, the storage itself is a very comprehensive word because there are various aspects of tasks to be performed before a data is successfully stored, retrieved, modified and stored again. With SQL Server being one of the most widely used RDBMS software, industry would demand skilled SQL Server developers to look after various aspects of data handling be it security, distributed database computing or even adding intelligence to the way data is stored in the databases; each of these fields requires specialised skill which you as an aspirant should hone upon.