Business Management: "A new approach to database management"

The following article landed on my desk this morning:

It looks intriguing. Giving the ability for business users to download read-only copies of databases, making them secure and putting a front end like MS Access on top of the data so they can play really does seem intriguing. At my last shop we had dozens of business users downloading data to their laptops (unencrypted) and playing with the data in an unsecured fashion. Maybe this would be the answer to this problem, not sure.

I'm going to put this on my to-do list, see if they have free downloads where salespeople don't bug you. It might be good to actually have my data analyst team here at this shop actually have local db's as well. A bit of overhead for me, but hey, they'd stop running crazy queries against the production databases.

Until next time...Rich