Which is more important, hardware or software? We have had this debate for years and with the proliferation of smart phones or slate devices, many would say hardware. Application developers would refute that and say those devices would not be popular without their applications. Database administrators would laugh and say neither. They would point to data.
Data is king. Nearly every application in use today is creating and pushing, or pulling data from some source. Here’s a great introduction to the Open Data Protocol known as OData.
Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 OData Introduction