LOBApps

Enterprise Services for LOB Applications deployed on the Microsoft Application Platform

LOBApps

  • Standing on the Shoulders of Students

    Morning! I just arrived home from an interesting week up in the Pacific Northwest, and wanted to share some insights. As senior architects and consultants, my colleagues and I are often looked to to provide strategic direction, or insight, or innovative...
  • SQL Server TDE with SAP Applications - Part #1 Enabling TDE

    Introduction An organization can take several precautions to help secure a database, such as designing a secure system, encrypting confidential assets, and building a firewall around the database servers. However, in a scenario where the physical media...
  • Issues with SAP tools during migration/Unicode conversion

    Hi, We raised some issues with the SAP migration tools during a replatforming project including Unicode conversion from SUN/Oracle to Windows SQL Server. Our migration went well and all the log files from the technical migration reported no error...
  • The Year of Hindsight: 2020

    Wi th the year 2020 now less than a decade away, my esteemed colleague Juergen Imhoff and I have put together the following "fictional roadmap " representing upcoming technology and business themes or events. Keep in mind this blog posting in no way reflects...
  • BI: The New Pervasive Mission-Critical Application

    I have been thinking about Business Intelligence and Business Analytics the last few weeks. In my earliest days designing and supporting BI, data marts, and data warehousing systems in the late 1990s, the work I did was aimed at something typically less...
  • Experiences with SQL Server Database Compression

    I want to share some customer experiences with database compression we gathered in a large SAP migration project in EMEA. Most of the public available data about SAP database compression ratios only shows values for compression of an existing SQL Server...
  • Transitioning Non-Production LOB systems into the Cloud

    The more I speak with executive IT leaders nowadays, the more I hear the same: help me cut costs, reduce my risks, and show quantifiable and near-immediate value to the business. What’s not being said today is more important, though – and...
  • JD Edwards & SQL 2008 R2 Unicode Compression

    One of the most important new features introduced in SQL Server 2008 was database compression (row and page). JD Edwards Business Data databases in particular are great candidates for compression. Customers can expect anything from a 55% to 80% reduction...
  • Trace Flag 1117 - A Safety Net You Might Not Be Aware Of

    Are you running SQL 2008 for your SAP instance? If so, are you aware of trace flag 1117? There are a couple of best practices that are important to keep your SAP instance running well on SQL Server. The first is to ensure that proportional fill is...
  • Mission Critical Support for SAP and LOB Applications

    In the IT community, we often talk about mission critical applications with the need to achieve high availability and have proper disaster recovery to achieve business continuity. However, it's amazing to me how many companies running SAP or other LOB...
  • Thinking for a Change

    Thinking for a Change I thought I would take a break from all of the technical blogs and write about my favorite book of all time. I am a huge John Maxwell fan. I have read nearly all of his books. In 2003, he released a book called, “Thinking...
  • Monitoring the Performance of your SAP SQL Database Files

    Monitoring the Performance of Your SAP SQL Database Files The driving force behind outstanding performance with SQL Server is a technique called Proportional Fill. This is how SQL Server writes to your file groups. When running SAP on SQL, only...
  • Configuring your SQL File Systems

    Configuring Your SQL File Systems SQL Server will perform much better when the file systems are configured correctly. In this blog entry, I will show you how to validate the configuration on your database file system. In my next blog, we will look...
  • Best Practices - SAN LUN Creation and Size Expansion for SAP Architectures Continued - Chapter 2

    In the previous blog about LUN Creation and Size Expansion we talked about one of the don'ts for creating large LUNs. So the next question thrown at me is what are the alternatives to SAN concatenantion (LUSE) for volume expansion and what is the performance...
  • SAP TCO/Risk Analysis and my Session at the SAP Insider IT 2011 Conference

    I’m looking forward to presenting at the SAP Insider IT 2011 conference March 15-18 in Las Vegas...and have been developing my presentation this week. One of my passions over the last 15 years is SAP and other LOB application Total Cost of Ownership...
  • LOB Workload Testing: Single Unit, Load, Stress, and Smoke Testing

    Testing the performance of a particular mission-critical workload on your Line of Business application (SAP ERP or SCM, Dynamics GP, Oracle Siebel CRM, Peoplesoft HR, JDE, and so on) is part of a smart IT organization’s life. Based on your IT organization’s...
  • SAP user and groups requirements in the active directory

    Today for an SAP installation on Windows in an existing AD domain, some user and groups requirements are mandatory from SAP. This article gives an overview of the necessary user and groups including the rights and permission. Domain or local...
  • UKOUG JD Edwards 2010 November 10th and 11th

    I will be presenting a session at the UK Oracle Users Group JD Edwards conference on Getting the best out of SQL Server and JD Edwards. Co-presenting with me will be Terry Graham from Constellation Europe. Terry has recently upgraded CEs OneWorld ERP...
  • Is there more to LOB than SAP?

    Thomas's opening blog implied that LOB wasn't just about SAP but also JD Edwards, Peoplesoft and Siebel. So where is all the JDE, PSFT and Siebel content? It is time for a change, time to slow the tidal wave that is SAP, time for Iron Man to stand upto...
  • Cheap vs. Cost-Effective: The Underestimated Role of the DBA

    Several weeks ago one of our joint customers with SAP complained about the capabilities of SQL Server and announced to migrate his SAP landscape to a competitive database platform if Microsoft wouldn’t fix “the problem”. The key issues, for which the...
  • Twelve Methods of Flipping your Innovation/Operations Position

    Think about the typical bell curve most SAP and other LOB IT organizations face today when it comes to investing in innovation (strategic or incremental), core IT operations, and operational excellence. I call this the “Innovation/Operations Spectrum...
  • Geographically dispersed cluster configuration for SAP on Windows / SQL Server

    Our competitors often mention to our customer base, that it is not possible running a SAP environment on the Windows / SQL Server platform, which is distributed over two different datacenters with high availability or disaster recovery functionality....
  • CoE Job Opening: Hiring an LOB Application Platform Architect

    The LOB Application Platform team is looking for an additional team member. If you’re an experienced architect with deep and solid technical roots in Microsoft’s application platform, looking for challenging opportunities around some of the largest and...
  • New link for Brazil case studies

    Dear followers For those who couldn't access the link of Brazil case studies another public link is available Case studies can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/pt/br/case-studies.aspx You can view the video at http://www.microsoft...
  • The Most Important Thing

    As we roll into a new fiscal quarter here at Microsoft, I’ve had a question stuck in my mind: What’s the most important thing? Is it family? Well, yes. A job well done? Sure. Billable utilization? No doubt. Taking care of others? Yes again...