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…)

Oracle 19C Available on Linux!

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If you are a fan of open source operating systems, you’re not alone. These robust systems are gaining popularity as the era of proprietary restriction putters to a close. These resources have a lot going for them, from high compatibility to high security and flexibility. Industry leading database providers are taking notice and incorporating Linux compatibility into their products. Now Oracle has announced the exciting news that their Oracle 19c database is available on Linux, one of the most well-known open source operating systems. This opens up an exciting host of possibilities and brings the Oracle database to a whole new client base. 19c Focus on The Client, Adds Linux to Boost Compatibility Oracle 19C is the newest release of the 12c database line, continuing to contribute to the continuous release schedule established in 2018. This release schedule means more flexibility and stability of the database created by eliminating the major and minor release pattern. This newest release features fewer new additions than last year’s 18c, but has many enhancements designed to continue improving the user’s experience and ease of use (for more on new features, check out our blog post What’s New in Oracle’s Database 19c)To that end, offering (more…)

What Can AI Do for You?

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Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning algorithms are continually increasing in their sophistication and application. These programs are designed to utilize input to learn and evolve, rewriting themselves and building in their capabilities. When used for a specific task, AI and machine learning programs get better and faster as they go, learning and growing more familiar with the data set, trends, and patterns of their workload. This has exciting applications for businesses looking to speed up processing, analyze big data, and reduce workloads on human resources. From improved automation to customer outreach and security, here are 10 ways AI can help any business. 1. Automation – AI is great at taking over routine tasks and automating time-consuming workloads. From virtual automation, like Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to machining and manufacturing, AI can take over many tasks once relegated to the grunt work pile. Programs and machines run by AI don’t get tired, don’t get bored, and don’t make human errors. This makes them particularly valuable for handling dangerous or hazardous tasks in industry and manufacturing. 2. Forecasting – Knowing how much to produce comes down to accurate forecasting. That is, analyzing sales trends to see how much product you anticipate moving (more…)

Why OCI is the Perfect Platform for Oracle EBS

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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…)

Is SQL PaaS Right for You?

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With the arrival of the new year, you might be considering how SQL Server can better fit your company’s growth in 2019.  SQL Platform as a Service (PaaS) could be a viable option for managing essential database operations. With PaaS, your SQL Server workloads would run as a hosted service in the cloud with most database management functions maintained by the cloud service provider instead of your IT team. Top Reasons to Consider PaaS Operates completely within the cloud. PaaS provides developers with an environment to develop and deploy applications entirely within the cloud. This includes complex enterprise applications your company may need to solve business problems and simple cloud-based applications. Scaling is easy. You can pay-as-you-go. Service providers allow you to take advantage of advanced development tools as you need them, giving you more value at an affordable rate. Your bottom line increases. You no longer need to purchase software licenses, application infrastructure, or development tools. Finally, your development team can have the opportunity to focus on managing the applications and services they create while the cloud service provider manages the rest. Decrease coding time. The development tools PaaS can provide include some pre-coded application components (i.e., security features, directory services, workflow, etc.) (more…)

Make the Most of Microsoft SQL Server with Management Studio

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Microsoft SQL Servers are an industry leading choice for your workloads, but if you are not using Management Studio you may be making things harder for yourself. The additional service is designed to integrate with your SQL database engine and improve object management, database queries, and other management functionality. What is Management Studio? – SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) was originally released with SQL 2005 and helps users access and manage their SQL instances. It is an integrated management interface that allows you to access your SQL Server, manage objects, write scripts and perform queries with a number of tools and features. It combines tools from Enterprise Manger, Query Analyzer, and Analysis Manager to get this job done. SSMS is easy to use with an intuitive User Interface (UI) and familiar design built on Visual Studio and will help improve your team’s management of SQL Server objects and elements Object Explorer – The interface is intuitive and makes accessing and managing your databases simple and efficient. The Object Explorer is a hierarchical navigation tree that allows you to locate and act upon objects in your environment. These objects can be databases, tables, etc. You can click through the tree to (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…)
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A Look at Azure Security Center

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You can’t be too careful with the cloud. More enterprises are using cloud and hybrid environments for their organizational workloads. Microsoft Azure is a major player in this trend. In an assessment of cloud platforms and services provided by iDataLabs, Azure holds over 19% of the market share, the second biggest slice of the pie. This industry trend means more companies need to be prepared for cloud level security. Microsoft offers an in-house security solution in the form of Azure’s Security Center that is convenient and powerful. We want to talk briefly about what it does, and some new and exciting enhancements that have increased its scope as an organizational security tool. What is Security Center? This is Microsoft’s unified security solution that provides a platform for protocol deployment, monitoring and prevention. The service is available to Azure subscription users as a free extension or as an additional fee (Standard subscription). The free version covers your Azure cloud. But if you use hybrid environments and additional platforms, the Standard subscription allows you to deploy Security Center across your whole system. Intelligent and Adaptive – Azure Security Center sets itself apart from other security protocols with its adaptive analytics. Using machine (more…)
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2018 Trends for Database and Data Management – Six Months Later (Trend 1)

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Enterprise database platforms are expected to expand beyond traditional relational database models to include non-relational alternative models   Read about Trend 2 Six months in, it seems quaint now to say that the world of non-relational data has exploded. Customers now expect general purpose database platforms will support a whole new level of workloads and functions. This is driven in part by the emergence of the non-relational technologies of NoSQL and Hadoop and the creative force to extract new value from data. The new standard is the ability to use multiple data types, video, graph and spatial capabilities, in addition to data virtualization and data virtualization support. Real time data analysis is now the norm and no longer the exception. Six months in, is it safe to say we are at the acceptance level of this trend but implementation and vision remains another matter?  Want to find out more about how your company can leverage the power of non-relational data and your database platform?   Join Dobler Consulting and Anthony Antonello, VP, SAP HANA Global Center of Excellence, for a Live Webinar June 19th, 2018 @ 2:00 PM EDT for: SAP Sybase Roadmap 2018 View Video Replay and Download Presentation (more…)