Understanding Blockchain, the Trending New Tool

By | Database Technology Trends
There’s been an increasing amount of buzz around blockchain technology lately, and people are more interested than ever before. “A new technology that functions as a distributed ledger within a decentralized network and promises greater security, lower transaction costs, etc.” is usually how it’s described. But what does all of this really mean? What is Blockchain? In its simplest form, Blockchain is a digital ledger (consider the general ledger your organization’s finance/accounting teams use) that stores information across a network of computers. It stores information in batches called “blocks,” that are linked together in a chronological fashion, similar to a chain of blocks. This information can be virtually anything, but try imagining it in terms of a financial transaction, since that’s probably the easiest to visualize. To illustrate, here’s what happens when you make a purchase: Imagine purchasing new software online from Microsoft (for illustrative purposes only). The block would store the date, time, and dollar amount of your purchase. It would also log information about who is making the transaction. For security purposes, your name would be recorded as a unique “digital signature,” more like a username instead of your actual name. Once your block has been verified and (more…)

What’s New in Management Studio Version 17.6

By | SQL Server
Microsoft continues to make great strides in improving SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). Version 17.6 comes with some impressive new features and bug fixes that enhance your user experience. Azure SQL Database Managed Instance Users If you’re using the newly developed Azure SQL Database Managed Instance, a new model of Azure SQL Database, you should definitely consider upgrading to SSMS v 17.6. One of the most notable changes is the added support for some of its most common management scenarios. After you complete the upgrade, you can expect a much more efficient support process if you encounter issues with the following: Databases – Creating, altering, backing up, and restoring databases are all fairly common tasks in database management, which makes their processes easy to support. Object Explorer – All technical issues that arise while using Object Explorer to manage objects in each SQL Server instance are eligible for support. SQL Linked Servers – You can relax when using Linked Servers to connect to other database instances on a remote server, same server, or an entirely different machine. The SQL Tools Team has you covered. SQL Agent Jobs – Your automated execution jobs/tasks usually consist of several steps. Any disruption can (more…)

Ron Hymer Chosen To Lead New, Data Intensive, Custom Software Development Division

By | Press Releases
TAMPA BAY, FLA. JANUARY 21, 2019 Dobler Consulting is pleased to announce that Ron Hymer, a recognized thought–leader in custom software development, will be joining the Dobler team to lead their client-centric software development practice. Hymer brings to Dobler years of experience designing and implementing data-intensive software solutions for national and regional business in a variety of sectors. “We are excited to have such a savvy business technologist like Ron join our team,” said Peter Dobler, President of Dobler Consulting. “The trend we’re seeing for 2019 and going forward is that business not only need expert managed services for their expanding enterprise data assets; they now need to more expertly leverage those assets through integrative, fine-tuned, custom software applications that are niche specific. Ron gives us this expertise and leadership.” According to Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Trends for 2019, this trend of fine-tuned software customization is driven by the combinatorial effects of strategic technologies: AI–driven development, edge computing, augmented analytics, blockchain, and security to create smart spaces for innovation, collaboration and immersive experiences. “I have worked in data leveraged software development for over twenty years, and there has never been a more exciting time where the convergence of technologies has (more…)

Dobler Consulting Achieves Prestigious SAP Gold Partner Certification Status

By | Press Releases
Gold Certification Status Enables More Robust Value Creation For Client Needs   Tampa Bay, August 8th, 2018 – Dobler Consulting is pleased to announce it has achieved Gold Partner certification status with global technology giant SAP. SAP is the world’s leader in data-driven business transformation software, supplying over 90% of Fortune 2000 companies with data, cloud and enterprise software solutions. Dobler Consulting celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, as a nationally recognized database and information technology managed services supplier, and an INC. 5000 Fastest Growing Company. The trend is clear; exponential data growth and the talent and tools to leverage value from those data assets, is driving business transformation. Leveraging this trend, in order to make customers successful, is the foundation of the SAP Business Partner relationship. “The goals of Dobler Consulting and SAP have always been in sync,” said Peter Dobler, CEO of Dobler Consulting. “Make our clients successful by creatively linking customer demand-chain data to global supply-chain data in real-time, from any device, anywhere in the world. Gold Partner Certification is both an affirmation and commitment to that goal.” Gold Partner Certification is especially critical now as most businesses, both small and enterprise level are in or are (more…)

Dobler Consulting Nominated for the 2018 Small Business Of The Year Award by the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce

By | Press Releases
Recognition of the Dobler Consulting’s Civic and Business Leadership Continues to Grow   Tampa Bay July 12th, 2018. The Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce announced that Dobler Consulting is a finalist for the 2018 Small Business of the Year Award for companies between 21–50 employees. The awards are given annually and the winners will be announced in September 2018. The companies are evaluated on the criteria’s of operational management, community involvement, and ethical business practices. “This nomination from the Chamber means so much to us at Dobler Consulting,” said CEO Peter Dobler. “If there is one thing we have collectively learned over the years, is that there isn’t much our small team can’t do if we put our hearts and minds and backs into it. This personal can-do spirit, that small businesses have in abundance, is what brings empowerment and vitality to the Tampa Bay business community.” The importance of small business to the growth, innovation and job creation opportunities in the U.S. economy cannot be overstated. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 29.6 million businesses with less than 500 employees compared to 19,000 with over 500 employees. Employees of small businesses represent 47.8 % of the (more…)

3 Reasons to Consider Oracle EPM Cloud

By | Oracle
As a business leader, it’s up to you to make some big decisions about your data and processes. It can be tricky to figure out which platform is right for your company. There are no clear answers, except to find out what’s right for you. If your current system has room for improvement, you may want to consider Oracle’s EPM Cloud. The comprehensive data solution streamlines your business processes, providing innovation, flexibility and state-of-the-art security. Innovation In a recent survey conducted by Oracle, 81% of finance leaders reported their top-rated benefit of using Oracle’s EPM Cloud was consistent access to innovative technology. With Oracle’s EPM Cloud you are always at the front of new innovations and technology. Most groundbreaking tech is being released on the cloud, and it pays to take advantage of the platform. Cutting-edge analytics, like Machine Learning and AI, can analyze your data and detect patterns that human eyes would never catch. With this advanced analysis you can make more strategic decisions. Always up-to-date technology also means more options for automation. This saves you time and money and reduces the likelihood of errors. This newfound time can be better spent in strategy than in rote tasks. Flexibility (more…)
PoweredUp

Raju Chidambaram To Speak At Tampa Bay’s PoweredUP Festival

By | Press Releases
Dobler Consulting’s CTO Joins Distinguished Panel to Explore The Science of Data Tampa Bay, FL. May 21st, 2018 — One of the factors driving the growth and recognition of Tampa Bay as an emergent technology hub is the annual PoweredUP Festival. This year Dobler Consulting is not only proud to be a Sponsor of the event and it is also proud to have their CTO Raju Chidambaram as a member on the Science of Data Panel, to share his thoughts and insights on current and future trends. Joining Raju on the panel will be data scientist from Nielsen and Agilethought. “I am really looking forward to this panels deep dive into the science of data.” said Raju “We are in the initial stages of one of the world’s great migrations – the mass migration of data into the cloud. The assumptions we make today about the science of data, the design of data and the security of data will affect humankind in more profound ways than any other migration in human history. It is simply that important.” The Festival on May 23rd at the Mahaffey Theater annually draws over 1,000 attendees. This year, in addition to the Science of Data (more…)
Database Support

What’s the Deal with Oracle 18c? (part 2)

By | Oracle
Last week we introduced Oracle’s database 18c, and focused on the new release structure and its increased accessibility on cloud environments.  If you missed this article, here’s a link to go check it out now before heading back over for part 2.  – What’s the Deal with Oracle 18c (part 1) This week we are focusing on more specific feature enhancements to those areas you have come to expect in an Oracle product.  Starting with security and moving on to platform architecture we are looking at how this newest release helps simplify your data management.  We will discuss key features from Database 12c that get exciting upgrades in this new release. Stability – Several new features increase the platform stability, including Real Application Clusters, Recovery Manager and Flashback.  Oracle takes advantage of the multi-server architecture to deliver enhanced backup and recovery features, and reduced downtime for scheduled activities. Security Enhancements – Oracle has always prioritized security and this newest version builds upon that foundation.  With simplified and optimized security protocols, this database will help you prepare for more stringent security requirements coming up in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  Here are just a few ways Oracle emphasizes security in (more…)

Tampa Bay CEO Council Helps Pack 11,665 Meals for 3,000 Families

By | Blog, Community, General Announcements
A little over 3,000,000 people live in the greater Tampa Bay region; roughly 700,000 residents experience hunger on a regular basis. This is an unacceptably high and unfortunately all too common statistic. The solutions to the long-term problem of hunger both globally and locally are complex. The solution to the immediate problem of hunger is often more straightforward – collect, package and distribute food donations and surpluses to people in need. To better understand the long-term problem of hunger in the region, the CEO Council of Tampa Bay participated in the short-term solution by organizing over 20 of their volunteers along with 60 others to organize, bag and box groceries for distribution of 11,665 meals to almost 3,000 families. “This does not solve the underlying problems of a lifetime of hunger but it does solve the immediate problem of hunger for a week.” According to Peter Dobler, CEO of Dobler Consulting “What we learned after spending the afternoon at Feeding Tampa Bay is that chronic hunger is more than just a lost paycheck, medical emergency or a housing crisis away. Once it begins, hunger can become a downward spinning cycle of poor health, lost hopes and missed opportunities.” The CEO (more…)
Security

What’s the Deal with Oracle 18c? (part 1)

By | Oracle
Oracle’s newest release, 18c, is out, and I know what you’re thinking: what happened to 12.2.0.2?  Is it really time for a whole new version?  Well rest assured, this is not really a whole new version. It’s an entirely new method of naming that more accurately reflects what has been going on for years.  The old model of multiple release versions and patch sets wasn’t doing justice to the database.  The multiple release model led many to shy away from adopting any first release database for go-live workloads.  But honestly, for years the patch sets have been full releases in all but name. So now Oracle has decided to change its release schedule, and each annual release will be named after the last two digits of the year.  The plan is to speed the release of smaller changes while avoiding the massive overhauls that used to come with first releases.  What would have been database 12.2.0.2 is now 18c, and 12.2.0.3 will instead be 19. They have also gotten rid of the Patch Set Updates and Proactive Bundle Patches.  Instead we will now get Release Updates (RU) and Release Update Revisions (RUR).  So now that we understand the new release (more…)