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  • 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: Kronos: Oracle to SQL Server Migration – The Clock – Part 4

    [Prior Post in Series] A reader sent an email asking how long does migration take. A good migration consists of at least three passes: Prototype migration : the purpose is to learn the steps required for your migration. Discover and resolve unexpected issues. The outcome should be a checklist...
  • Blog Post: Migration: Pentair experience migrating to Enovia V6R2009x on SQL Server from Oracle

    Pentair has more than 13,000 employees in more than 20 countires produce a wide variety of products. More than 1500 employees regularly used their PLM systems which was running on Oracle. Pentair is typical of many businesses: if a system is working, don't upgrade it! Time marches on, they found that...
  • Blog Post: Siemens: Migration Experiences at Boeing

    For those of you attending Siemens PLM Connection in Las Vegas, Nevada (May 2nd-5th, 2011), you may wish to grab Keith Gartenlaub's presentation on May 4th. Boeing made a strategic decision to cut costs by migrating applications from Unix/Oracle to Windows Server/SQL Server. One of those applications...
  • Blog Post: Migration Guide - Oracle to SQL Server (Siemens Teamcenter)

    In recent posts we've discussed some of the comparisons between the Microsoft SQL Server platform and it's competitors. We've discussed (in Why Pay More For Less ) the difference in cost of Microsoft SQL Server versus it's competitors and (in Buying a Vehicle vs. Buying a Database Platform ) the differences...
  • Blog Post: Kronos: Oracle to SQL Server Migration – Performance – Part 2

    Author: This article is written by our contributing author Ken Lassesen. His bio can be found here [Prior Post in Series] [Next Post in Series] This is part of the post-arc started by this overview of Migrating from Oracle to SQL Server , and deals with experiences with Kronos migrations...
  • Blog Post: Migration: Welly Lee details SQL Server Migration Assistant 5.0 at TechEd

    Welly Lee sent me a link to his talk "Automating Database Migration to Microsoft SQL Server". He gave this talk on SQL Server Migration Assistant 5.0 (SSMA) at Tech Ed North America in Atlanta on May 16th, 2011. Welly shared some customer experiences: AIM Healthcare : "We moved nine-terabyte...
  • Blog Post: PTC Windchill Microsoft SQL Server vs. The Competition

    As documented in the Microsoft SQL Server: Improved Performance for PTC Windchill whitepaper benchmark testing results showed that some Pro/ENGINEER and Windchill 9.1 operations performed up to 88 percent faster on SQL Server 2005 than on a competitor’s database, with an average performance advantage...
  • Blog Post: Migrating from Oracle to SQL Server

    [Next Post in Series: Kronos Migration] My first experience with data migration dates from the 1970’s when a firm was moving from a Honeywell Mainframe (64KB of memory, no DASD -- just tape drives) to an IBM 4331 (2 MB of memory and DASD). In those days, computer manufacturers often had different...
  • Blog Post: Migration: The value gained moving from Oracle to SQL Server 2008R2

    [DB2 Migration Value] [ Sybase Migration Value ] In the early 1980's I was an Oracle Developer on mainframes and on MS-DOS using Oracle 5.1 on MS-DOS (distributed on some 20+ diskettes -- I still have them). It was an interesting time because PC products like dBase II were power-user friendly but...
  • Blog Post: Migration: The value gained moving from DB2 to SQL Server 2008R2

    [Oracle Migration Value] [Sybase Migration Value] Two decades ago, I made my living as a DB2 developer working for GTENW (now Verizon). In this year's spring-cleaning, I came across my old DB2 certificates; perhaps it is time to do a spring-cleaning of perceptions about DB2 and SQL Server. As a developer...
  • Blog Post: Migration: SQL Server Migration Assistant 5.0 is released!

    I am very pleased to see that version 5.0 of SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) was released on April 28 th , 2011. This release will reduce the time to do a migration significantly. Some of the new features include: Reduced data migration time by SSMA exploiting multi-core processors and multiple...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft offering New Oracle to Microsoft SQL Server Data Migration Assistant

    [Next Post in Series] Microsoft announced today the release of two new resources that save customers time and money by taking advantage of interoperable Microsoft technologies. The new resources include an out-of-the-box connector between Microsoft Dynamics CRM (Online and on-premises) and Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: PROS: Oracle to SQL Case Study

    Companies must address complex pricing issues, involving increasingly sophisticated trading partners, to improve profitability in business-to-business (B2B) transactions. Successful pricing software needs to deliver meaningful business intelligence to front-line sellers in real time, integrate with existing...
  • Blog Post: Migration: The value gained moving from Sybase to SQL Server 2008R2

    [DB2 Migration Value] [ Oracle Migration Value ] In the early 1990's I was a consultant to Microsoft when the first alphas of SQL Server were tested as a replacement for Sybase on internal production systems. Those days were sweet because we were working directly with the SQL Server product developers...
  • Blog Post: Running CSC’s Integral insurance suite on SQL Server and Windows Server provides unmatched performance and scalability

    Microsoft and CSC have formed an alliance to support CSC’s Integral insurance suite on Microsoft software. Because Integral interoperates seamlessly with Windows Server and SQL Server, insurance carriers who deploy the joint CSC/Microsoft solution benefit from a modern, easy-to-manage solution...
  • Blog Post: Kronos: Oracle to SQL Server Migration – SQL Server Agent hiccup – Part 3

    [Prior Post in Series] [Next Post in Series] In our prior posts we described some of the human-ware issues encountered dealing with the degree of access that Javed Iqbal, a Kronos employee and migration expert, was granted. Javed is using SQL Server Migration Assistant for Oracle (SSMA4O) version...
  • Blog Post: Kronos: Oracle to SQL Server Migration – Part 1

    [Prior Post in Series] [Next Post in Series] This is part of the post-arc started by this overview of Migrating from Oracle to SQL Server , and deals with experiences with Kronos migrations. I have been following Kronos’ employee, Javed Iqbal, on a Kronos Migration and thought that I should...
  • 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...