Microsoft has recently announced that SQL Server 2016 will be available as a preview release this summer. This looks to bring some exciting additions such as a new called Stretch Database which highlights commitment to the use of cloud technologies as well as the added bonus of boosting performance. Furthermore, since Microsoft’s acquisition of Revolution Analytics and their specialism with the R programming language it appears that SQL 2016 will integrate technology to incorporate R processing.
What does this mean ?

Although there are a few uncertainties over exactly how these changes will function, it appears that the Microsoft are moving with the market changes of Big Data, cloud technologies and open source software. Therefore, commercial exposure to tools such as R and Azure are going to help candidates stand out in a crowded market as they’re more commonly used by a wide range of companies.