DataOps – Developing Processes for Analytics and Data Management

By | Blog, Uncategorized
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…)

Why Consider Dobler Consulting for Your Custom Software Development

By | Custom Software
Custom software development projects are a close collaboration between the client and development team. Your development team will directly impact the success of your project, and your experience during the process.  Identifying the right development team for your project is about more than just finding knowledgeable coders. It involves finding the right combination of experience, knowledgebase, services, and personality. At Dobler Consulting, we handle comprehensive database management and technology services, and this puts us in a unique position to address custom software projects with a holistic understanding of the IT strategy. The result is more than just a development project. More Than Just Custom Software – Communication is a key aspect of the design process and requires bridging the gap between the business and tech languages. This is no easy feat, as most subject matter experts are proficient in one over the other. The resulting miscommunication can create challenges from the requirements phase all the way to implementation. Understanding the true goals of the software and how best to accomplish them from both a business and a software perspective means finding a team that can bridge those language barriers. At Dobler Consulting, we have built relationships with many companies through (more…)
Database Migration

How to Approach a Custom Software Development Project

By | Custom Software
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…)

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…)

How Much Does Custom Software Cost?

By | Custom Software
Whether discussing software or shelving, the word ‘custom’ is generally associated with high price tags, but that it a common misconception in our industry. When asked “how much does a custom software project cost?” our first, and shortest answer is, not as much as you think. Technology has evolved rapidly over the years, and these projects don’t have the same sticker shock that they used to. You may be surprised to hear that custom software can often be the more economical option. Our second answer is a bit longer, and understandably so. Each project is unique and comes with its own set of requirements. But rather than focusing on cost, it may be more beneficial to focus instead on the software’s ROI. That will give you the most comprehensive picture of any software’s feasibility and profitability. It’s About Finding the Right Solution When an organization is interested in custom software, it is because they have a need to fill, and custom solutions are like a square peg in a square hole, they are designed to be perfectly integrated into the workflow. The resulting efficiency means that a well-designed solution should save you money long-term. They also typically increase process automation, (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…)

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…)
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…)

Reducing Application Errors with Application Continuity

By | Database Technology Trends
The database and application work hand in hand. When a client interacts with features on your website the application calls back to the database, and the database responds by giving it the right information or action. It’s a well-orchestrated conversation. When something happens that stops the conversation the application doesn’t get what it needs and the customer receives an error. This is where application continuity comes in. The idea is to enable maximum continuous communication between the application and your database instances even if there is an outage. This is a massive step in maintaining data integrity and improving the end user experience. The first step in understanding continuity is virtualization. This means that your database layers are virtualized in the stack and your infrastructure can create multiple nodes and instances for your workload, shuffling transaction and processing usage as needed. It is useful for scaling up and down easily and allows more redundancy to protect in case of outages. When one node goes down, whether for scheduled maintenance or unexpected failure, the other nodes are there to take its place and your customer is never the wiser. There are some software products that can help you design this virtualization (more…)

3 Top Analytics Tools To Boost Your Productivity

By | Azure, Database Technology Trends, Oracle, SQL Server
Data analytics have become a major focus for companies determined to be competitive in the market. Leaders need to be able to access and analyze timely data quickly to help drive business decisions that will sustain their companies’ competitive advantage. Thankfully, the growing technology market continues to make this possible. Companies already have numerous analytics tools to choose from, and the options will continue to grow. We will now discuss three of the top analytics tools you should consider before making your next strategic move. 1. Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) – SSAS is an innovative processing and data mining tool within the Microsoft SQL Server. It analyzes large amounts of data, provides business intelligence reports, and can be used to create business models to support business decisions. All data is stored within a data warehouse, and users can access to create cubes that allow faster analysis. These cubes are multi-dimensional and can be viewed in various ways. Imagine the data as a pivot table that can be modified using certain dimensions and attributes. Multi-dimensional expression (MDX) is the language used to query a cube. Compared to other leading analytics tools, Microsoft SSAS is less complex and much easier (more…)