business intelligence strategy
Building a new business intelligence strategy that really adds value
14 Mar 2019

What do you do when you’re one of the global leaders in the beauty industry and your growing data environment is getting out of control? You set up a call with DB Best and start to speak with one of our dedicated Project Managers. We began with just a single developer working with this customer but very soon it grew to include an additional 13. After 5 years, what started as a data environment analysis has grown to a full business intelligence (BI) development service, operational data management, and 24/7 support. In this blog post, we will outline the data infrastructure that we walked into, our assessment, and how we’ve improve...

Operational Data Management Helps Multimedia Content Provider Build a New System on AWS
Operational Data Management Helps Multimedia Content Provider Build a New System on AWS
25 Jan 2018

One of the world’s largest multimedia content providers was looking for a way to increase the level of user satisfaction by improving the performance of their enormously huge database system. They wanted to leverage operational best practices to increase resiliency/uptime, performance, and scalability at the lowest possible cost. DB Best provided the customer with the day-to-day operational data management services both on-premises and in the cloud, as well as configured the new architecture for their cloud-based system. Discover the benefits of the outsource Operational Data Management (ODM) solution from the following video. (more&hel...

Performing a comprehensive SQL Server Database Health Check
Getting the most out of a comprehensive database health check for SQL Server
22 Aug 2017

One of our public sector customers was using a distributed SQL Server 2016 database system and was considering an upgrade to unite the servers in one data center, or even a move to the cloud. We helped them by using our DBMSys service to perform the overall database health check. As part of the database health check, we found several high priority issues which required immediate actions. In addition, we provided the customer with detailed information on their existing database system, as well as the set of best practices and suggestions on how to upgrade it. Watch the following video to learn more about the technical approach we used. (more&...

Using data extraction filters for smart database migration with AWS Schema Conversion Tool
29 Jun 2017

Amazon introduced the data extraction agents in the previous release of AWS Schema Conversion Tool (SCT). They allowed for migrating all the data from your on-premises data warehouse platforms to Amazon Redshift. Wait, what if you don’t need to move all those terabytes of data, and just want to settle for the data generated in the past couple of years? Starting from the version 1.0.603, SCT allows filtering the data before uploading it to Redshift. In addition, the latest SCT version brings support to rather outdated Teradata 13 and Oracle Data Warehouse 10 schemas. In the following video, we will demonstrate how you can use the data extrac...

Oracle to PostgreSQL database migration and unification project
Using PostgreSQL in cloud alongside with Oracle to enhance the database system performance
15 Jun 2017

One of the leading independent software vendors in educational domain needed to expand their original Oracle database system. They wanted to add a new PostgreSQL database running on AWS RDS to their original system and upgrade the connected Java application to support both database platforms. We came up with a proof of concept and converted one of the largest customer’s database schemas to PostgreSQL, demonstrating how the upgraded system might work. To do so, we updated the application by adding the unified SQL code and changing its architecture to support 2 database platforms. As a result, the newly created system could meet the customer...

Using AWS Schema Conversion Tool Extension Pack for Data Warehouses
28 Apr 2017

When migrating to Amazon Redshift, you need a way to convert functions and other capabilities that Oracle, Teradata, Greenplum, Netezza support that Redshift does not natively support. The AWS Schema Conversion Tool Extension Pack for Data Warehouses provides Python based libraries to provide the same functionally with Redshift. In this post, we will show how the AWS Schema Conversion Tool (SCT) generates the extension packs to help in your migration effort. You will have to upload the extension pack for your source database which includes the functions from the user-defined Python libraries to S3 storage. In the following video, we demonst...

How to revive deprecated Oracle Reports
24 Apr 2017

A large European company decided to migrate their Oracle database system to SQL Server. Of course, they wanted to outmaneuver the performance of their original system. The original customer’s system included a huge bunch of over 700 reports, built in deprecated Oracle forms technology. We offered a solution on the new SQL Server Reporting Services platform. This solution satisfied the rigid performance demands of the customer. We used some previously developed tools to automate the Oracle Forms conversion process, but after all, we performed a lot of manual edits. Learn more about the technical background of this project from the followin...

Oracle to SQL Server migration with SSMA
Oracle to SQL Server migration with SSMA: How to convert aggregate functions referring to remote table
21 Apr 2017

Oracle allows you to create a query with aggregate functions referring to a remote table. For example, if your query includes two tables: one from the local schema and another from the remote database. You can simply use a database link in Oracle to create that construction. Previously, we already talked about converting database links using a linked server. But the problem is that SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for Oracle doesn’t convert queries that refer to the remote objects through the database link. So, when you try to convert a query with aggregate functions referring to a remote table, SSMA will generate an error O...

Oracle to SQL Server migration with SSMA: How to convert database links
13 Apr 2017

Oracle uses database links to access objects on another database. In SQL Server you can use linked server or an OPENQUERY function to emulate that functionality. The problem is that SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for Oracle doesn’t automatically convert database links. Instead, when you try to convert a query that refers to the remote objects through the database link, SSMA will generate an error O2SS0083. (more…)...

Change Data Capture for SQL Server Table Replication
Using Change Data Capture for SQL Server Table Replication
06 Apr 2017

A major bank in Europe that we’ve been working with over the years requested our help in upgrading SQL Server 2008 to 2016. Since we performed the migration process originally from DB2 to SQL Server we had a deep knowledge of the customer’s data. Because of the need to have a highly available system and they could not afford to be down. Our client needed a way to downgrade to the old database system in case something bad happens to the upgraded system. Also, our customer wanted to include the disaster recovery solution. We proposed a solution that would allow them to use SQL Server table replication from the upgraded database...