End of SQL Server 2012, 2014 support

Related products: Software Factory
End of SQL Server 2012, 2014 support

Thinkwise Platform version 2020.1 will no longer officially support SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2014.

The official minimum supported version of SQL Server will be 2016.

Impact on development environments

Version 2020.1 of the Software Factory will leverage temporal tables. This immediately brings the minimum required version of SQL Server to 2016 upon release.

The Deployment Center will prevent installation or upgrade of the Software Factory to version 2020.1 when the SQL Server version is below 2016 or the database compatibility of the Software Factory database is below SQL Server 2016.

Impact on production environments

The Intelligent Application Manager, Indicium service tier and the GUI's will not immediately leverage SQL Server 2016 features with the upcoming 2020.1 release.

Existing products will continue to work on SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2014 for now. 

New database versions of products built using the Software Factory 2020.1 will not require SQL Server version 2016, unless temporal tables are leveraged or version-specific language features are used in business logic.

Future impact on production environments

Future versions of the Thinkwise Platform will eventually require SQL Server 2016 as minimum version for the Intelligent Application Manager and product databases. Future releases of the Indicium service tier and the GUI's will eventually cease to support SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2014 as well.

Please plan the upgrades of SQL Server environments accordingly.


Thinkwise Platform version 2020.1 is currently in the final stages of development and is planned to be released in January 2020.

The changes in SQL Server version support will be reflected in the lifecycle policy.

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