Migrating customers to SQL Server since 2002

DB Best was founded in 2002 on the premise that customers should have the choice of data platforms to drive their business. While ANSI SQL was created to make it easier for users of the SQL language to work across different database engines, database vendors created extensions like PL/SQL, Transact SQL, DB2 SQL, etc. which complicates any migration effort. Their idea is that once they lock you into their extensions, it will be harder for customers to move to another database platform.

To solve this problem, DB Best team developed a database migration technology to help customers migrate their Oracle to SQL Server. This technology worked great and was acquired by Microsoft in 2005.  It became a foundation for SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) product line to translate Oracle, Sybase ASE, IBM DB2, MySQL, and Microsoft Access database objects, ad-hoc code, and data to SQL Server. While Microsoft has ownership of SSMA, DB Best added features and supported the product as a preferred Microsoft Vendor.

Since that time, we’ve expanded our migration practice to include the key technology platforms as shown in the video below.

Microsoft over the years has designated DB Best as the partner of choice for helping customers migrate to the SQL Server data platform with multiple Microsoft Platform Modernization awards at the Microsoft Partner Summit.

DB Best authored the latest technical white papers for Oracle, Sybase ASE, and IBM DB2 to SQL Server for Microsoft as well. Here is a link to the white paper titled “Competitive Database Migration Tools and Methodology – Migration to SQL Server 2014 Using SSMA” that includes links to the other white papers that our team members created for Microsoft.

At DB Best, we don’t believe in holding back the knowledge that we have acquired over the years. In 2016 and 2017, Microsoft selected DB Best to train other Microsoft partners worldwide on the best practices of migrating from Oracle to SQL Server. Yes, we trained our competitors on migration best practices. We also blog about how to fix some of the most common problems that people have migrating to SQL Server using SSMA. Check out our customer experiences and technical deep dive posts on SSMA here.

In short, no other Microsoft partner knows database migrations to SQL Server than DB Best!

Database migration to SQL Server award winners 2016

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Our approach to database to SQL Server migration projects

DB Best goes well beyond standard point-to-point migration service providers – we take a vested interest in your migration strategy, providing innovation, back-end integration, accelerated return on investment, and most importantly an end-to-end solution that meets your business needs.

Starting with a migration complexity assessment, our database engineers can quickly create a strategic migration plan for migrating and transforming your current database assets. Based on this analysis, our team of experts will help you evaluate and implement the most cost-effective solutions for migrating and modernizing your database applications.

Over the last decade, DB Best has created and refined a multi-step program for helping our customer migrate their database assets. Our DB Best 12-step database migration plan allows us to easily develop a project plan using our years of experience in understanding the level of effort for each step as shown below.

Database Migration to SQL Server 12 step methodology

Migration options

Looking to reduce the maintenance costs and increase your application’s functionality with a database migration to SQL Server?

Microsoft SQL Server reduces costs by consolidating databases, virtualizing servers, and allocating resources more effectively. Utilizing our in-house migration platform, DB Best can help you take advantage of new business opportunities while also providing increased performance, scalability, availability, and security.

Here are the different migration paths we support when migrating your workloads to SQL Server.

What makes DB Best Unique

Very simply, this is what we do – day in and day out. Here is one example of a large US public sector education organization that wanted to reduce maintenance costs due to the expensive Oracle licensing model. They asked, why pay more for a basic feature like table and index partitioning. SQL Server supports partitioning similar to Oracle at no extra cost!

Check out this video on how we helped them in the migration to SQL Server.

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Our technology partners

We literally wrote the code for the SQL Server Migration Assistant for automating a good portion of the database schema and data to Oracle, Sybase, DB2, Access, and MySQL.

It turns out the same tool works great for deploying the SQL Server database on the cloud of your choice. We would like to thank Microsoft, Amazon, and Google for accepting us as a trusted advisor and partner for supporting migrations to their platform.

Supporting your SQL Server solutions after the migration

As part of our migration project, we offer training, support, consulting, and managed services for your SQL Server solutions. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of maintaining the day-to-day operations of your databases and applications, be sure to check out our Operational Data Management service.

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We have a great set of blog posts, white papers, and data sheets to help you better understand our capabilities as the leader in database migration services.

Blog posts

Architecting highly available and scalable system when migrating to SQL Server on AWS
12 July 2017 Stanislav Andrenko

Our customer needed to reduce the licensing costs of their Oracle database. We came up with a comprehensive solution by migrating their database to SQL Server platform. We also remed...

Comprehensive Java app upgrade while migrating to SQL Server
8 June 2017 Stanislav Andrenko

One of the largest transportation companies in the United States needed to migrate their Oracle-based application to SQL Server platform. The customer’s application code had high que...

Improving the web app performance while migrating from DB2 to SQL Server
4 May 2017 Stanislav Andrenko

One of the largest life insurance companies in the United States supported a reporting application. Their system included Java based web app and Informatica data management solution c...

Increasing database performance by migrating from Ingres to SQL Server
18 July 2017 admin

One of our customers needed to migrate their Ingres Database system to Microsoft SQL Server wanting to improve the performance of their system. We came up with a migration solution ...

Helping our customer to convert Oracle schemas with hierarchical queries to SQL Server
20 June 2017 Andrey Ivanov

One of the world’s largest information technology companies decided to migrate their Oracle database to SQL Server. They leveraged SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for Oracle to...

Migrate Sybase ASE databases to SQL Server for a security technologies company
25 August 2017 Bill Ramos

DB Best recently completed a project to migrate Sybase ASE databases to SQL Server for a global leader in security technology. Faced with skyrocketing license costs with SAP to renew t...

Migrate Sybase Java applications to SQL Server for content services provider
4 October 2016 Bill Ramos

A leading provider of content services for the legal industry looked to DB Best to help them modernize their aging Sybase ASE and IQ solutions that were built on top of an old IBM AIX ...

Migrating Oracle database to SQL Server for a leading US healthcare company
17 March 2017 Stanislav Andrenko

One of the leading US healthcare organizations needed to upgrade their health record system in an effort to drive down costs while enabling new capabilities. We replaced the customer's...

Moving Oracle Forms to The Web as a Part of Database Migration Project
16 May 2017 Andrey Ivanov

A government healthcare organization wanted to move their Oracle Forms to a modern web-based UI. We offered to migrate their source Oracle database to SQL Server while converting the d...

Oracle to Azure SQL Database shift may save up to $1 million
16 June 2017 admin

‘Low-performing and costly’ - these were major characteristics of the Oracle system of one of our customers, a leading US automotive corporations. In this regard, it was quite natu...

Quick and easy automatic approach to database conversion
12 May 2017 Stanislav Andrenko

One of the largest US educational organizations has been running their data handling system in Oracle environment. They wished to reduce maintenance costs due to expensive Oracle licen...

Remote migration from Oracle to SQL Server using SSIS
4 May 2017 Stanislav Andrenko

A global financial software provider needed to migrate their billing solution from Oracle to SQL Server for one of their strategic clients located at the other end of the world. The ac...

Reference data sheet

Modernizations to Microsoft's Data Platform
21 September 2016 Bill Ramos

Cloud services such as Microsoft Azure, coupled with database technologies like SQL Server, enable organizations to quickly create and scale solutions that solve challenges and fuel ne...

Oracle to SQL Migration
21 September 2016 Bill Ramos

Leveraging Microsoft SQL Server, DB Best can help Oracle customers achieve the performance, scale, and security that their mission-critical applications require while keeping costs und...

Sybase to SQL Server Migration Datasheet
23 September 2016 Bill Ramos

The number one reason businesses want to migrate from Sybase to SQL Server is reducing Total Cost of Ownership. The DB Best team developed a unique methodology for migrating Sybase app...

Data Management Optimization
22 August 2016 Bill Ramos

DB Best has  five key areas we focus on when proposing our customized modernization map. Our data-centric approach involves an in-depth look at your organization's data platform so w...

Case Studies

Migrating critical apps from Sybase ASE to SQL Server
30 August 2016 Bill Ramos

Our client, a global leader in security technology, had two mission-critical yet aging PowerBuilder applications running against Sybase ASE that were out of compliance given the lack o...

Reference white paper

Guide to migrating from Oracle to SQL Server and Azure SQL Database
8 October 2015 Bill Ramos

This white paper explores challenges that arise when you migrate from an Oracle 7.3 database or later to SQL Server 2014. It describes the implementation differences of database objec...

Guide to migrating from Sybase ASE to SQL Server 2014 and Azure SQL Database using SSMA
15 November 2015 Bill Ramos

Summary: This white paper covers known issues for migrating Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise database to SQL Server 2014. Instructions for handling the differences between the two pla...

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