> I inquired, "Shouldn't we have a NORMALIZED data store for efficient > storage and retrieval of data?" > > The lead says, "SharePoint does this... we don't need Oracle or SQL." > > Hmm... has technology changed since my last project? Is SharePoint a > database? Should I shut my mouth and forge ahead, or... ? > > Hmm... Sharepoint Services *uses* a database (MSDE or full SQL Server) It's not a database in its own right, and you *do* need SQL (Server).