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Here at, a Microsoft Partner, we offer a range of SQL Server consulting and SQL Server training services to help you manage and maintain your SQL Server environment.

SQL Server Consulting

  • SQL Server Health Checks – We’ll help you get an understanding of how your SQL Server is setup and configured. We’ll then make some recommendations/suggestions on changes that would help improve the running of your SQL Server and databases, be it disaster recovery, security or performance.
  • Performance Tuning Services – SQL Server database slow? We can help you make your SQL Servers databases run faster.
  • Version Migration - Migrate those old SQL Server 2000 (we won't tell if you don't) SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2012 instances up to SQL Server 2014/2016 /2017
  • SQL Server Architecture – We will help you design a SQL Server solutions that meet your business needs
  • We can help you setup SQL Server to run successfully on a virtual platform. You have VMWare or Hyper-V. You want to run SQL Server on them. We can help
  • SQL Server in the Cloud - choosing the right platform, the right service model (PaaS IaaS – If these mean nothing to you we’ll explain in simple English)  we'll help you make an informed decision about what cloud services you buy.
For more information please visit our consulting page

If we can help get in touch 01212 889670 (or 0044 121 2889670 from outside the UK)

SQL Server Training

We can also provide training in SQL Server using the Microsoft Official Curriculum - Getting your staff up to speed on SQL Server is something we can help with:

  • SQL Server DBA Training
  • Microsoft Azure Training
  • Business Intelligence training

For more information visit our training page.

If we can help get in touch 01212 889670 (or 0044 121 2889670 from outside the UK)

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