Gartner Research

Microsoft's Data Access Vision and Strategy

Published: 06 August 2009

ID: G00203788

Analyst(s): Joe Bugajski


.NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 contained three technologies that underpin Microsoft's data access vision and strategy. The product embodiments of those technologies ranged from brilliant, and alas, to broken (ADO.NET Entity Framework [EF]). Microsoft could capture data access market leadership if it fixes EF and executes to its original vision. In this overview, Senior Analyst Joe Bugajski defines data access strategy and applies it to the data access product program behind Microsoft's promotional material. There he finds an exceptional data access vision but a flawed strategy.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • A Strategic Program for Data Access
    • The Data Access Dilemma
    • Solution Components: Models, Metadata, and Measurements
    • Requirements for a Data Access Vision
    • Requirements for a Data Access Strategy
  • Microsoft's Strategy for Data Access
    • Microsoft's Data Access Vision
    • Data Access Goals
    • Microsoft's Data Access Strategy
    • Microsoft's Data Access Products
    • Competitive Advantage
  • Recommendations
    • Build Data Services
    • Deploy .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1
    • Deploy LINQ
    • Run Trials of ADO.NET DSF
    • Avoid ADO.NET EF
    • Recommendation to Microsoft
  • Related Research


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