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Chapter 5: Working with Data > Working with Remote SQL Server Databases

Working with Remote SQL Server Databases

Companies live on data. Many corporations keep their data in private databases that are stored behind a corporate firewall. The last thing companies want is for their internal data to appear on mobile devices or to be exposed on the Internet in the form of some type of web service. The problem may be that they have security concerns or don't know how to securely expose their data over web services. Therefore, let's look at getting at data in a different way.

Many applications are internal to a business and are called “line of business” applications. These applications typically are unexciting and aren't sold in the Android Market, but they are important to an organization's day-to-day operations.

The data that powers these applications is not exposed to the outside world. It is available only behind the corporate firewall. This data might be customer information, a bill of materials for a set of products in a manufacturing environment, or hotel lodging information. This is information that doesn't necessarily make sense to expose to the general public but is important to a business. For developers in the .NET space, this information is stored in a database such as SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, or another server-based database.


  

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