Now that we know what R is, the next steps is to get it configured for a SQL Server environment, at the writing of this post I was using SQL Server 2016 CPT 3.0 and I had combed through the Microsoft site for the post configuration process but the configuration kept failing due to some gaps in the process. I was finally able to get it working by following the MSSQLTips configuration process.
Make sure you open the Connector RGUi and execute an R command easy one being 1+1 to allow the RevoScaler to directory to be created in your installation directory.
Amongst many, one of the new exciting feature in SQL Server 2016 is the inclusion of Revolution Analytic popularly known as R or Advanced Analytic. For the seasoned SQL professionals like me R was the 18th letter of the alphabet but not for long. The kid in me that likes new shiny things went digging to figure what this “R” was.
So what is R?
R is the sequel (pun intended) of a language called S developed by some AT&T dudes back in the 90’s which presumably “altered how people analyze, visualize and manipulated data.” R expands on this idea and it’s quite common in the data scientist field. It has very extensive and powerful graphic abilities tightly linked to analytical capabilities.
From SQL Server perspective, incorporation of R allows us to do advanced analysis without having to export the data out of SQL Server and it grows a new breed of data analysts to bring big data analytic to SQL Server.
Oohh and its open source too, so trend knowing attention may be limited.
Knowing that, combined with the love of data, we’ll try to become scientisty with the tools in our hands.