Migrating from SQL Server to Azure

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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…)
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Dobler Consulting Achieves Select Partnership Status with Amazon Web Services – AWS

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As part of the Amazon Partner Network (APN), Dobler Consulting is positioned to leverage your data, systems and software assets for migration and integration with the AWS cloud-based platform.   Tampa Bay, July 9th, 2019. Dobler Consulting, a Tampa based database management, and managed services firm is pleased to announce its newly achieved Select Partner status as part of the Amazon Partner Network (APN). APN Partners are certified business and technical consultants who help clients design, build, migrate and manage their production workloads and application software on AWS. "The AWS cloud platform has, and will increasingly continue, to rapidly transform the business and economic landscape for small and medium size businesses (SMB's)." Said Peter Dobler, CEO of Dobler Consulting. "What our Select Partner certification means for our clients, is that we have the proven skills, tools, and processes to optimize your data and software assets to the AWS cloud-native architecture." A review of trends that analyst are pointing to suggest that not only is cloud technology disrupting how SMB's process data, but it is increasingly disrupting how IT professionals approach their work. Increased agility, scalability, and the restructuring of technical debt will challenge current organizational structures, current skill-sets and the (more…)
Database Migration

How to Approach a Custom Software Development Project

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If you have never participated in a custom software development project you may be wondering what to expect during the process. New experiences can bring uncertainty and concern, but custom software development projects don’t have to be intimidating. If you are not sure about where to start, then this brief assessment of how to approach the project and what to expect during the process will help you get your feet wet. At Dobler Consulting, we wanted to take the mystery out of the process with this simple guide to approaching a custom software development project, including some tips to bring to the table to expedite the process. Custom Projects are Customized – Remember, a custom software development project is a unique experience. Each project will be tailored to the needs of the client and the software. One of the benefits of working with a professional development team is the expertise and flexibility they bring to the project. Be sure to openly discuss any concerns about timeline and any business practices (end of year, quarterly reports, etc.)  that will be impacted by the project completion.  The Basic Steps – In any custom software project there are some basic project components that (more…)
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What’s New in Oracle's Database 19c

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Oracle is one of the leading providers of database services with decades of experience at the top of the pack. Their new product releases are always exciting to watch, improving upon their legacy of client-focused products and services. Last year they released database 18c, the first of a new annual release schedule, that featured the revolutionary Autonomous Cloud database along with Multitenant Architecture, In-Memory Columnar Architecture, and Native Database Sharding. This year’s database 19c continues to build on the foundations set in previous years with a focus on stability and efficiency. If you are thinking about upgrading or migrating to Oracle’s database 19c, here are a few special features to expect in this newest version. New Features in 19c This database version comes with some exciting enhancements to make your job faster and easier. While the main focus of this development cycle has been on stability, there are a few new features focused on automating and optimizing for the client. Let’s look at a few of these enhancements. Automatic Indexing – Indexing items takes time and can mean a lot of busywork for your IT team. With Automatic Indexing, Oracle’s 19c uses machine learning algorithms to identify items, map and (more…)
Database Consulting

What is Custom Software Development?

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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…)

What You Need to Know to Migrate Your Oracle Database to the Cloud

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Many organizations are making the switch from on-prem to cloud databases. These cloud native warehouses can provide more reliable and timely access, cost-efficiency, and automated backup and recovery. If you are using any on-premises version of Oracle Database, you might want to consider whether moving to the Oracle Database Cloud is right for your company. There are numerous migration methods, and the process can be very simple when you work with an expert. Try reviewing these key factors prior to selecting a migration method and save yourself some additional time. Know Your On-Premises Operating System/Platform and Version - Ensure you have a full understanding of the platform your company is currently working on along with the version. Are you using Windows, Mac OS, or Linux? There are some operating requirements that will be applicable depending on the migration method you are interested in adopting. Know Your On-Premises Database Version & Cloud Database Version - Are you currently using Oracle Database 11g, 12c CDB, or 12c Non-CDB? Depending on your response and the cloud version you are transferring to, Oracle has multiple migration options for you to choose from. For example, a move from on-premises Oracle Database 11g to Oracle Database (more…)
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Improving your Database Security with Microsoft Azure

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If you are interested in migrating to a cloud database but concerned about security issues, look no further. Hybrid and cloud native databases do have their own set of security concerns, but if you go with a trusted company and maintain it appropriately, you have nothing to fear. In fact, cloud databases can be more secure since they have access to the most advanced security protocols and automatic updates. Cloud native databases, or DBaaS (Database as a Service) platforms are databases hosted and maintained by third party providers. Operating a DBaaS means that your company will access data through the internet instead of through your internal network. DBaaS solutions offer great benefits for organizations in today’s “Big Data” arena. DBaaS is more scalable and flexible than traditional VM databases. It also eliminates the hardware requirements of maintain a database system. It is crucial to understand and trust the security protocols of your cloud provider before making the switch. Microsoft Azure is at the top of the list when it comes to cloud database offerings. It is a particularly good choice for the security conscious client. Microsoft in general, and particularly Azure, have a long history of prioritizing security for its (more…)

5 Tips for Managing Multiple Cloud Providers

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Cloud adoption continues to rise and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. As companies become more comfortable with the cloud platform as a tool, they are moving farther from on-prem setups. The newest trend shows many groups now using multi-cloud solutions. RightScale 201 State of the Cloud Report found that 81% of respondents have a multi-cloud environment. The organizational average was just under 5 clouds, including production and test environments. Why Multi-Cloud? – Each cloud provider has different strengths and weaknesses to offer. Using multiple clouds lets you take advantage of the best tools and applications for your workloads without limiting your resources. It can also be strategic as companies can shift workloads to their various platforms depending on current prices and availability parameters. Adopting a multi-cloud environment can help take your workload management to the next level, but it can also come with some challenges to prepare for. Here are 5 tips to help you manage multiple cloud providers. Choose Wisely – Don’t be suckered in by low rates and storage fees. Those numbers can (and will) change. The more important factor is to select the clouds that have key features you need. Look at the applications and (more…)

Data Science: Making the Most of your Big Data

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As today’s trends bring more and more data to our fingertips, the next challenge is figuring out what to do with it all. The insights gained from proper data analysis have major implications for business. Proper data analysis takes careful consideration, appropriate infrastructure, and understanding of data science. What is Data Science? This is the process of using data to draw conclusions or predict outcomes. You probably use data science already. For example, a restaurant owner may keep records of which dishes are ordered. Over time, he may notice that chili is ordered more frequently on rainy days than on sunny days. This may encourage him to prepare larger batches of chili when the weather calls for rain. This is a very simple example of data science. You can see how understanding patterns and trends in data can help prepare your business. Data science can contribute to the following business improvements: Streamline Processes – You can use data science to analyze your business processes and identify areas to streamline. Looking at your website usage statistics may show areas where your potential clients are losing focus, or identify slow and frustrating pages in your online ordering forms. Identifying these patterns can (more…)

Simplifying Your Analytics with Azure Databricks

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Big data and analytics go hand in hand. If you are handling big data, then you understand the power and the pitfalls this brings. Advanced analytic options, AI and real-time processing are useful tools. But to balance this power you may end up sacrificing productivity and ease of use. Azure Databricks provides a high-performance analytics engine optimized for your Azure cloud database. It’s incredibly easy to deploy, even for large-scale enterprises. Free up your team for the more important stuff. What is Databricks Azure Databricks is a collaboration between Microsoft and Databricks to provide an optimized analytics platform for a large-scale cloud environment. So, what does it do? First, let’s look at Databricks. Basically, Databricks is Apache Spark made more accessible to a large-scale enterprise environment. If you aren’t familiar with Apache Spark, it is the open-source analytics engine developed out of UC Berkeley that has gained significant traction in the past 5 years. It has become a leading platform with widespread use at the enterprise level. It has some drawbacks, though. It is complicated to deploy, and the larger your organization, the more complicated it becomes. Enter Databricks. This managed version automates a lot of the processes, making deployment (more…)