I have been using twitter for quite some time now (follow me at @pinaldave). In twitter world very often I find something interesting shared by my friends there. SQL Server Expert and Microsoft Evanglist Vinod Kumar has twitted very interesting detail linking to SQL Server Value Calculator. The web version of this tool is created in Silver Light and looks very cool and gives impression of PC Game Sims at first moment.
This tool calculates Total Estimate Saving if SQL Server is used in any organization. It takes into consideration Total IT team members, Bandwidth, Servers, Security, Reports, Audits, Supports Calls and Encryption in its calculation. This tool provides a discussion framework and is designed to stimulate conversation regarding the potential costs and benefits of deploying SQL Server 2008. As a result, all inputs can be changed to estimate benefit and cost data. Default values are pre-populated to facilitate discussion and are meant to be changed as outlined below.
You can also download the full SQL Server Value Calculator which is in Excel from the same screen. When I downloaded the Excel I was amazed at what a tremendous capacity of MS Excel has and how many people are really using it to its full potential. Microsoft has used two of its own technologies – MS Excel and Silverlight to show how good SQL Server is.
Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)