BI Services and Strategy

Getting Lost in Big Data?

By | Database Technology Trends, Oracle, SAP HANA, SQL Server, Sybase
Let’s talk a little bit about big data. This is such an important buzz word in technology and data management circles these days. I think, however, that sometimes the nuances get lost. Big data is great, and has amazing potential applications for improving business processes, marketing opportunities, and customer identification, among others. Big data facilitates AI and machine learning, giving us unprecedented insights into patterns of behavior and process improvement opportunities. But the flip side of this is that big data also gives us massive amounts of ‘stuff’ to store and sift. I don’t mean to say that this data isn’t valuable. But without a solid strategy for utilizing and extracting meaning from this data, it can become costly clutter. Big Data has A Big History – Big data is a concept that has been around for a while. Data storage and processing machines were created throughout the 20th century to handle increases in record-keeping needs corresponding to cryptography and security efforts, as well as governmental programs like Social Security and tax management. The British developed Colossus in 1943 to filter through Nazi transmissions and identify patterns for code-breaking. This is essentially the first data processor of the modern era. (more…)

Oracle EBS – Improving Performance with Analyzers

By | Oracle
Oracle E-Business Suite is a fantastic suite of applications designed for the enterprise client to facilitate data management and analytics. The group of tools brings exciting possibilities to the Oracle client. But there’s more. The introduction of Analyzers as proactive tools improves performance and reduces troubleshooting headaches for the EBS client. If you’re using Oracle EBS, it’s time to check out the available Analyzers. What are Analyzers? These tools are essentially diagnostic support tools that can help not only identify issues but also suggest corrective action. They are designed to work alongside your current maintenance program to boost its effectiveness and your productivity. If your current diagnostics tools aren’t offering you suggested solutions, then you’re not using analyzers. The analyzers can also help if you need to open a service request with Oracle. They will gather important data to speed the diagnostic process and get a quick resolution. How do They Work? These tools can be scheduled ahead or run on demand by authorized users. They analyze your environment for known issues and create assessment reports with findings and recommended actions. The analyzers improve the health of your environments and significantly speed time to resolution for service requests. If you (more…)

DataOps – Developing Processes for Analytics and Data Management

By | Custom Software, Database Technology Trends
Big data and analytics mean big things for industries across all sectors. As data continues to grow, so do the applications. The newest challenge is streamlining the analytics process to improve efficiency and create actionable insights in a timely manner. That is where DataOps comes in. This newest development utilizes concepts learned from DevOps practices to simplify and streamline the data pipeline and analytics process. Let’s take a look at how this works. The Science of Analytics The analysis of big data is a complicated process of pattern recognition using statistical tools and algorithms. Your data scientists, engineers, and analysts may all play some part in this role. Managing the analytics process from an operational standpoint, as well as a statistical standpoint, can be time-consuming. If you want to have real, useable insights from your data it is imperative to validate both input and output data. It’s taxing to your analysts and means longer lead times on identifying key insights. But these steps are there for a reason, right? You can’t skip vital processes just because they’re lengthy. But you can innovate those processes and improve their efficiency. The development world has been working on this for a while with (more…)

Migrating from SQL Server to Azure

By | Azure, Database Technology Trends, SQL Server
Extended support for SQL Server 2008 has ended, and there is no better time to consider a migration to Azure. Continuing to run business applications and workloads on an unsupported platform will open you up to unnecessary vulnerabilities and potential legal issues. The risk is just not worth it. If you have been holding out for fear of complicated processes, there’s good news, Microsoft is making it easier than ever to migrate to Azure and take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing, including scalable resources and always up-to-date security features. With a trusted database solutions partner, your migration can be quick and painless. Check out this guide for more information about migrating from SQL to Azure. Why Migrate – If you are on SQL Server 2008, the answer is clear. Migrating is a must to stay on top of your database health and security. Now you may be asking, why can’t I just upgrade to Server 2019? You absolutely can. But this time is a perfect opportunity to minimize the impact of a cloud migration to reap the benefits of hosting your workloads in a cloud or hybrid environment. Utilizing the Azure cloud allows for scalable database solutions and (more…)

Why OCI is the Perfect Platform for Oracle EBS

By | Blog, Oracle
Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) is a fantastic compilation of tools for consolidating your enterprise functionality, management, and analytics. But what platform should you use to make the most out of your Oracle EBS? On-prem or third-party cloud infrastructure may not be making the most out of your Oracle applications. With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) you will enjoy the fastest, most efficient, most optimized platform to get the maximum benefit from Oracle EBS. What is Oracle EBS? This suite of applications handles everything you need to run your enterprise level business functionality, including customer relationship management (CRM), human resources management (HRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and supply-chain management (SCM). The EBS collection is one of Oracle’s major product offerings with robust capabilities to consolidate your business management under one roof. With tools covering logistics, financials, order management, marketing, HR, and many more, Oracle EBS is an industry leading, comprehensive solution. Is On-Prem a Problem? If you are a current or future owner of Oracle EBS you may be wondering what infrastructure will best compliment this powerhouse of tools. More and more companies are moving away from in-house data centers because of the high cost of implementation and maintenance. These data centers (more…)

Why Choose a Custom Software Solution?

By | Custom Software
If you are familiar with the concept of custom software but still convinced it is not right for you, think again. Custom software isn’t just for the top tier businesses, projects are created on a case by case basis according to each client’s specific needs and budgetary constraints. These solutions have the potential to take your business to the next level by improving your operational efficiency, promoting and enabling growth opportunities with scalability, and improving data security. Here are 3 reasons to consider a custom software solution for your business. Improve Efficiency with Automation – Process automation creates a major opportunity for more valuable resource allocation. If your organization currently wastes time on repetitive tasks like data entry, inventory management, purchase order validation, etc., then you are losing valuable time and money. Your full-time employees are a valuable and costly resource. Why waste their time and effort performing routine tasks? Increasing automation will improve your organization’s efficiency. With custom software solutions your tools will be designed to most effectively optimize your process needs for the best possible fit into your organizational process, freeing up your manpower for more strategic operations. Increase Your Scalability – Ill-fitting software or manual data management (more…)
Database Consulting

What is Custom Software Development?

By | Custom Software
Software is an essential component of any business. Processes like supply chain management, operations, customer service, and administration are facilitated by software solutions. There are two main types of software, off-the-shelf and custom. If your current software isn’t meeting your needs or you see room for process improvement or more efficiency, a custom solution might be just the thing you need. What is Custom Software? –  Typical mass-produced, or off-the-shelf, software products are created with a large audience in mind. These solutions are readily available and quick to implement, although you may sacrifice time trying to fit them into your workflow. Since they are made to be widely accepted by a variety of businesses, these off-the-shelf software solutions won’t be seamlessly integrated into your workflow. You will typically find your team making adjustments and concessions to work them into your processes, sacrificing efficiency. In contrast, custom software is created specifically for a unique client, application, or circumstance. These products are commissioned and then developed to your exact specifications by a team of custom software developers. The result is a product that does exactly what you need to do, exactly how you want it to be done, without any extraneous noise. (more…)
Database Consulting

What are Data Clusters and What Can They do For You?

By | Azure, SQL Server
Learning to effectively manage large datasets is key to optimizing your data analytics. Using data clusters can help optimize your data management. It involves grouping data points with similar characteristics into the same cluster to speed up processing time and improve analysis. Consider starting an analysis project on customer spending habits by gender in different regions. Your time on the project would be maximized if you’re able to use statistical techniques to automatically organize the data into logical groups prior to analyzing. How do data clusters work? Data clustering allows you to partition large volumes of structured and unstructured data/observations into logical groupings. One way it does this is by analyzing all of the data in the data warehouse and comparing each data point with clusters created. You rely upon the clustering algorithms to sort and cluster the data in a logical way. In a perfect world, all data points in the same group should be highly similar in nature, while data points in different groups should be dissimilar. There are several different models and algorithms that guide the clustering process. Here are a few: Hierarchical Method: This method creates separate successive clusters using specific criteria. Partitioning Method: This method (more…)

What is Azure Stack and Why Do You Need It?

By | Azure
Whether you are using Azure or not, I am sure you are familiar with the term. The Azure Cloud is the fastest growing cloud computing service out there and is quickly edging out AWS for the market. It is a powerful and expansive service that fully supports hybrid infrastructures for robust data management. You may not know quite as much about Azure Stack, so we wanted to shed some light on this Azure extension. What is Azure Stack? – This service is an addition to your Azure Cloud network that enables offline operations on your edge computing machines. It allows your on-site users to manage data, perform analyses, and even design queries using little bandwidth. Actions can be performed in an offline environment and then reserved for specific connection windows and deployed to the cloud. Let’s Talk About Edge Computing – Your network is a complicated series of user APIs and core network processing capabilities. Think of this overall structure as a web of interconnected strings leading back to the central data hub. Edge computing refers to the processes that take place farther away from your centralized network, literally at the edge of your web. We will discuss this in (more…)

We’re Excited About SQL Server 2019, Here’s Why

By | Azure
Microsoft SQL Server 2019 is out in preview and it’s got some exciting new features. When Microsoft announced the release at their Ignite 2018 conference on Sept 24th, we couldn’t wait to see what was in store. This newest offering will continue to build on the solid foundation of SQL servers while expanding offerings of flexibility and further embracing big data by adding support for Kubernetes, Apache Spark, and Hadoop clusters. Embraces Big Data – Probably the biggest change to SQL 2019 is the ability to manage big data clusters. Big data has always been a bit of a gap in the arsenal of Microsoft’s SQL servers, but not anymore. With SQL 2019, Microsoft is fully embracing big data with Kubernetes. Kubernetes is an open-source container-based platform that represents exciting new possibilities for this SQL engine. With SQL on Kubernetes you will be able to can create high availability solutions with Linux containers and manage multiple data sources all in one place. Manage Relational and Non-Relational Data – The new engine can query data from a number of different sources, including relational and non-relational data storage. Microsoft has built in native support of Apache Spark and Hadoop Distributed File System (more…)