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  • Blog Post: Kronos WFC 6.2 Support for Microsoft Platforms

    It was great to meet customers at Kronosworks last week in Las Vegas. Microsoft had two packed sessions – one in the Retail and the other in the Healthcare track. At our booth we met lots of customers who were excited about the 6.2 release and support for Microsoft Hyper-v, SQL Server 2008 and Windows...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 High Availability Options for Temenos T24 - Part 1 of 4: Failover Clustering

    [Next Post in Series] SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise and Data Center editions comes standard with a number of high availability options. Temenos' T24 application can make use of many of these options depending on the customer's tolerance for downtime and data loss. In a T24 implementation, SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Buying a Vehicle vs. Buying a Database Platform

    I’d like to share a story about buying a new vehicle that happened to me recently and relate it to choosing to buy a database platform. I decided after 10 years with my current vehicle that it was time to trade up and get something that would both make sense for my family but also would be a nice...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 High Availability Options for Temenos T24 - Part 4 of 4: Replication

    [Prior Post in Series] The Temenos T24 application can make use of many of the high availability features that come with SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise and Data Center editions. In part 1 of this series about high availability options for Temenos T24, we took a look at Failover Clustering. In part...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 High Availability Options for Temenos T24 - Part 2 of 4: Database Mirroring

    [Prior Post in Series] [Next Post in Series] The Temenos T24 application can make use of many of the high availability features that come with SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise and Data Center editions. In part 1 of this series about high availability options for Temenos T24, we took a look at Failover...
  • Blog Post: Temenos In The Cloud - T24 on Windows Azure

    The Temenos T24 application becomes the first core banking system to go into production with customers on Azure. " The combination of T24 and the Windows Azure platform, including SQL Azure, allows banks to remove the high data centre costs associated with running a multi-application environment by...
  • Blog Post: Itron: Cutting edge technology running on .Net 4.0 Parallel Computing

    The classic Moore's law has the power available from CPUs doubling every two years. This is true but there has been a slight critical change. Ten years ago I purchased a high-end developer laptop that ran a single core 3.2 GHz CPU that left me with a hot lap and lasted 15 minutes on batteries. Today...
  • Blog Post: Why You Should Upgrade Siemens Teamcenter to SQL Server 2008?

    We've seen in previous blog posts how SQL Server stacks up against the competition when it comes to features, price, and performance but how does SQL Server stack up against itself? Siemens engineers visited the Microsoft Engineering Excellence Center Laboratory in Redmond, Washington to conduct...
  • Blog Post: Guest Article: Storing CAD Databases in the Cloud

    Author: Deelip Menezes The following article is authored by PLM industry analyst and CAD expert Deelip Menezes . His complete bio can be found here . For some time now, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) systems have been storing project data in individual files. But recent developments in product...
  • Blog Post: Choosing the Right Edition of SQL Server for Siemens Teamcenter

    Teamcenter 8.1 can run on either the Standard or Enterprise Edition of SQL Server 2005 or 2008. Regardless of version and edition, you should always run on the latest SQL Server service pack, which you can find in the Downloads section of the SQL Server Developer Center . For most functional aspects...
  • Blog Post: All Good Things Come to an End - Why You Should Upgrade

    With Microsoft announcing the release of the Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP1) of SQL Server 2011 (Code name: Denali) I felt it was appropriate to mention something that was discussed in the Deploying Kronos Workforce Management Solutions using SQL Server 2008 webcast and that is upgrades. SQL...
  • Blog Post: Lawson: Support for Microsoft Platforms

    I have listed below which Microsoft technologies are supported by Lawson M3 (7.1) and S3 (9.0) releases. Architecture Tier Product Operating System Client Microsoft Office 2003 SP3 Microsoft Office 2007 SP1 Windows XP...
  • Blog Post: Change Data Capture - What is it and how do I use it?

    In the All Good Things Come to an End - Why You Should Upgrade article we discussed some of the new features that applications can take advantage of by upgrading to SQL Server 2008. CDC (Change Data Capture) was introduced in SQL Server 2008 as a way to capture the data that is inserted, updated,...
  • Blog Post: Don’t let documents and mixed media complicate your product!

    For the last twenty-five years, I have faced the pain of needing to store documents and mixed media in a relational database management system. When you are designing or building your ISV product you have probably experienced the same pain. By mixed media I mean images, video and audio files –...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 High Availability Options for Temenos T24 - Part 3 of 4: Log Shipping

    [Prior Post in Series] [Next Post in Series] The Temenos T24 application can make use of many of the high availability features that come with SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise and Data Center editions. In part 1 of this series about high availability options for Temenos T24, we took a look at Failover...
  • Blog Post: Siemens: Using compression to improve performance and reduce costs

    In prior posts , I have described the benefit of Read-Committed Snapshot Isolation (RCSI). RCSI will usually benefit most ISV databases . Another method may benefit many ISV databases (running on SQL Server 2008 and later): compression . Compression is often ignored because of user experiences with the...
  • Blog Post: Kronos’ tip: Avoiding an installation issue

    Advisor and Reviewer: Bryan deSilva, Managing Director and Chief Evangelist at Improvizations.com . His bio can be found here . Recently I had a conversation with Bryan deSilva, Chief Evangelist of Improvizations , a firm that specializes in workforce management software implementations....
  • Blog Post: Fundamentals: Cloning a production database to a test server

    Recently I had a conversation with someone who maintains an ISV offering. He is the acting SQL Server DBA (for several years now). He described what he did to move a copy of the current production system for a training session on another continent. The steps he took were: Take the database off...
  • Blog Post: Data Compression for SQL Server 2008

    SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition includes the ability to natively compress selected data on disk. This can provide significant space savings and improve performance of IO intensive workloads. When data compression is enabled, data pages are also compressed in the buffer pool (i.e., RAM). This provides...
  • Blog Post: ITRON: IEE MDM Support for Microsoft Platforms

    I have listed below which Microsoft technologies are supported by Itron's Enterprise Edition Meter Data Management. Architecture Tier Product Operating System Client (Rich Client Userface) Microsoft IE 6.x Microsoft IE 7 Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Why Pay More For Less

    In a previous post “ Buying a Vehicle vs. Buying a Database Platform ” we compared how buying a database platform with some vendors can be a lot like buying a new vehicle. How some vendors charge for features and functionality that you hope would just come included with buying their Enterprise...