Since the release of Microsoft R Server 9 last month, there's been quite a bit of news in the tech press about the capabilities it provides for using R in production environments.
Infoworld's article, Microsoft’s R tools bring data science to the masses, takes a look back at Microsoft's vision for R since acquiring Revolution Analytics two years ago, and notes that now "R is everywhere in Microsoft’s ecosystem". The article gives some background on open source R, and describes the benefits of using it within Microsoft R Open, Microsoft R Server and SQL Server 2016 R Services.
ZDNet's article, Microsoft's R Server 9: more predictive analytics, in more places, focuses on some of the major new features including the MicrosoftML package, the new Swagger API for R function deployment, and support for Spark 2.0. It also notes that the integration with SQL Server means that "predictive analytics capabilities are now available … to an entire generation of application developers".
Computerworld's article, Microsoft pushes R, SQL Server integration, focused on the operationalization capabilities for integrating R into production workflows, such as the new
publishServices function. It also mentioned the various problem-specific solutions on GitHub, including the new Marketing Campaign Optimization template.
With SQL Server integration as a key component of the platform, you may also be interested in this blog post from the development team: SQL Server R Services – Why we built it.