Not trying to start a war here, but I would like some thoughts.
I work for a small nonprofit that is eligible for generous charity licensing from Microsoft. I am the database/web coder and my background is with open source stacks. I am most comfortable using PHP and MySQL.
That said, we are undertaking some large projects and am wondering whether it'd be worth investing in MS Server 2012 as a data staging and reporting system. It would not be used for any production purposes. I am most interested in the server studio management's advanced capabilities for importing and exporting data and for little productivity boosts like Intellisense.
What do you think? Is it worth the 80% discounted costs, or should we remain open source?