Migration Platform update
Improving the Test Organizer module of the DB Best Migration Platform
20 Feb 2020

DB Best released a new version of Migration Platform, our ultimate product for automating database migrations. In this release we added new features to the Test Organizer module, a unique and unrivaled feature of the DB Best Migration Platform. We also made several improvements of the user interface. Read this blog post to learn more about these new application features.

CI/CD best practices
Applying CI/CD for deploying data-driven applications after migrating from Oracle to Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL
14 Feb 2020

The DB Best team designed and delivered a fully automated process driven by Jenkins. This process allows for a seamless deployment of data-driven applications after migrating them from on-premises Oracle database to the AWS cloud. Read the blog post to discover how we exceeded the customer’s expectations with our perfect delivery.

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Automating Oracle Forms and Reports conversion with a DevOps process
06 Feb 2020

The DB Best Oracle Forms and Reports Converter automates the conversion of your forms to a modern Web 2.0 architecture. Our converter processes the source XML files to JavaScript files and SQL code fragments. In this blog post, we will show our best practices for incorporating our Oracle Forms and Reports Converter into a Continous Integration (CI) / Continous Deployment (CD) DevOps process to shorten developer lead time and reduce change failure rates.

Database Compare Suite command-line interface
Automating data management operations with CLI scripts in Database Compare Suite
03 Feb 2020

We continue our blog post series covering key Database Compare Suite (DBCS) features. In our previous posts, we talked about comparing data and discovering data differences by leveraging the user interface of Database Compare Suite. The command-line interface of our product provides users with all the features of the main application. In this blog post we will talk about using Database Compare Suite for data management tasks in the CLI mode. Why use Database Compare Suite in the CLI mode? This […]

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How we strengthened a healthcare startup with DevOps
29 Jan 2020

In this blog post, we’ll cover the highlights of how we implemented DevOps technologies and managed to achieve zero downtime for the application deployments, eliminate a huge number of bugs by creating limitless development environments, shorten a full regression test cycle by a factor of 4, and enable a 15-minute infrastructure set up to replace their previous 4-hour set up!

Challenges migrating SAS solutions to SQL Server – Missing Values versus NULL
28 Jan 2020

Managers for a well-known accounting and tax-preparation company contacted DB Best looking for an alternative solution to a big problem. They were long term customers of SAS but were now facing two key challenges: high SAS license costs and the fact that SAS developers could not keep up with business demands and provide for effective support. The DB Best team analyzed our customers’ initial SAS solution and determined that the best possible option was to migrate their workloads to Microsoft […]

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Using Power BI to analyze Windows Perfmon data for SQL Server
27 Jan 2020

In this second blog post for my series, Power BI for the SQL Server DBA, I’m going to show how you can take Windows Perfmon (Performance Monitor) data for SQL Server and analyze it with Power BI.
I’m going to assume that as an SQL Server DBA, you probably have not used Power BI yet. If you have some familiarity with Power BI, I hope there are still gems you can pull out of this blog post.

CI/CD process case study
Creating a CI/CD solution for the database unification project
24 Jan 2020

Being an independent software vendor with a pile of applications written decades ago and a huge database in Oracle, our customer wanted to upgrade their software and make it more accessible for clients money-wise. They have built and sold applications for Oracle Database exclusively for 35 years. By now these solutions had become not only harder to sell due to competitiveness but difficult to support and modernize. Our client required applications’ upgrades, alternative cheaper hosting for users, and the maximum […]

Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 — End of support
23 Jan 2020

January 14th, 2020. What does this date mean for your organization? More so than with SQL Server, falling out of support for Windows Server will have immediate consequences to the security of your systems because of the frequency and volume of vulnerabilities and their subsequent patches. Click on the diagram to open an interactive Power BI report. January 14th, 2020 was the end of support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. And if this January is anything like every […]

optimize SQL Server performance on AWS EC2
Capturing performance counters to optimize Microsoft SQL Server performance on AWS EC2 instances
22 Jan 2020

Over the last few months of benchmarking SQL Server performance on AWS, I discovered a way to optimize SQL Server performance running on EC2 instances by paying close attention to several key Windows performance counters. This blog post is the first in my new series called Power BI for the SQL Server DBA. I’m going to show how you can easily capture performance counters to optimize SQL Server performance and cost on AWS EC2 instances. I’m going to start with […]