Database management and querying skills are a key element of a robust information systems curriculum. The data structure and content of a useful pedagogically-oriented database should be realistic and lifelike, and the database should contain data that accurately depicts the business processes, functions, and entities of a realistic organization, organized in a way that demonstrates best practices in database design. Most database textbooks include some sample databases, but these are often relatively small and sparse of data. By contrast, Microsoft’s Adventure Works (AW) database presents a robust, realistic, and comprehensive framework for many important educational objectives in an Information Systems curriculum. This paper introduces the AW business case and database, and illustrates several pedagogical uses in an undergraduate CIS program.