White Papers

Dresner Advisory Services provides 18 vendor rankings based on user responses about data preparation, usability, scalability, and integration. Among the 18 qualifying vendors, Dell Statistica tied for second place with IBM and SAS. This comprehensive report provides detailed comparisons in an easy-to-read buyers' guide. Read the Study >>


A SQL Server is a complex database environment that needs iterative analysis and constant tweaking to ensure its continual, optimal operation. This requires routine "health checks." What criteria should help a manager properly evaluate the merits of a paid health check? In this paper, we explore various possibilities including working with outsourced database management firms, using in-house services, or simply waiting to perform any such examination.


With so many useful features, even people who have been using Toad for years may be missing out on some of the product’s best functionality. Bert Scalzo, Oracle® ACE and member of the Toad? development team, explains the ten Toad features he finds most useful. Read the Brief >>


Joe Clabby of Clabby Analytics compares and contrasts offerings from IBM, SAP and Oracle for the purposes of analyzing Big Data databases. He cites DB2 BLU's data compression technique and its advanced parallel processing as two distinct design advantages. His conclusion: ""In our opinion, these differences should lead to IBM's DB2 BLU Acceleration delivering consistently higher performance at a lesser cost."


Locking and blocking are fundamental to any database to maintain consistency. In this paper we will try to look at the various ways to identify potential problems of locking / blocking, how they are different, what are the options SQL Server gives to resolve the same and more.


This report is written for SAP customers evaluating their infrastructure choices, discussing database technology evolution and options available.


IBM Informix is the clear choice over Oracle Database for High Availability and Data Replication Organizations with requirements for data replication and high availability are frequently met with daunting costs, especially if they are considering Oracle database and RAC. They should be aware that there is an alternative. IBM Informix offers enterprise-class database availability in a significantly less complex, less expensive manner for both distributed and centralized deployments. This detailed analyst report by ITG compares capabilities and costs between Informix and Oracle databases and concludes “The capabilities of Informix 12 provide clear-cut value as an alternative to Oracle Database and RAC in distributed as well as centralized deployments


The database world is undergoing unprecedented change. IBM and Oracle have implemented new technologies in their mainstream databases, but there are differences with regard to high-performance analytics and transaction processing. Read the ITG management report to see how IBM and Oracle solutions compare in cost and technology.


In this era of big data, business and IT leaders across all industries are looking for ways to easily and cost-effectively unlock the value of enterprise data that resides in both transactional processing and data warehouse systems. They are trying to quickly implement new solutions to gain additional insight from this data to improve outcomes across all areas of the business, while simultaneously optimizing resource utilization and reducing costs. IBM® DB2® for Linux, UNIX and Windows is a multi-workload database management solution built for these challenges. Built with CIOs in mind, this interactive online tool offers new insights in form of analyst research papers, problem/solution guides and direct client feedback about Total Cost of Ownership and overall efficiencies gained by selecting DB2.


High reliability and system availability are absolutely crucial for database and the underlying server hardware. A 67% majority of organizations now require that their databases deliver a minimum of four, five or six “nines” of uptime for their most mission critical applications. That is the equivalent of 52 seconds to 52 minutes of unplanned downtime per database/per annum. Those are the results of ITIC’s 2013 - 2014 Database Reliability and Deployment Trends Survey, an independent Web-based survey which polled 600 organizations worldwide from August through October 2013. IBM DB2 and Informix databases, followed closely by Microsoft SQL Server, achieved the highest overall reliability and customer satisfaction ratings for product performance, security, technical service and support and the value of its pricing and licensing agreements. Oracle DB scored high for reliability and performance but lagged far behind IBM and Microsoft in customer satisfaction with pricing, licensing and tech


Big data promises valuable insights that are enticing organizations to invest in analytics and BI tools. Yet many overlook the need for a DBMS that can stand up to the strain big data places on the underlying infrastructure. This ePaper explores the DBMS characteristics of most importance in a big data setting.


Philip Howard of Bloor Research compares performance capabilities of the leading business intelligence platforms. Companies studied in this comparison are IBM® (Cognos, DB2 with BLU Acceleration), SAP (BusinessObjects, HANA), Oracle (Business Intelligence, Exadata) and Microsoft (Business Intelligence, SQL Server). His conclusion: "DB2® with BLU Acceleration should not only provide better performance in the first place, but also provide consistent performance, with a corresponding requirement for less hardware and less cost."


A Quick-Start Guide to Free Up Your Data Warehouse ... and Budget According to Gartner, nearly 70% of all data warehouses are performance and capacity constrained -- so it's no surprise that total cost of ownership is the #1 challenge most organizations face with their data integration tools.


Attunity’s exciting new eBook highlights the importance of ensuring that your data is timely and how to go about it smartly. It also includes interesting market statistics on Big Data use today, addresses the challenges of moving Big Data quickly and easily and closes with proven success stories of companies that have overcome data transfer hurdles. Download it today!


Whether you are new to Toad for Oracle or have been using it for several years, there are several features that you should be familiar with for achieving maximum productivity. This white paper will cover key Toad fundamentals, and then break down the key features you should know. Download it today.


Explore how the tools and best practices in this white paper can help your business effectively track, manage and regulate data to stay in compliance.


According to a Forrester Consulting study, standardizing on Toad for Oracle has saved one large Oracle shop more than $49 million over the past five years. How much can Toad for Oracle save you? Download the white paper to find out.


Toad for Oracle is the database management tool of choice for both developers and DBAs. Explore the enhancements and new features of Toad for Oracle versions 12.0 and 12.1. What can Toad DBA Suite for Oracle do for your organization? Download the tech brief to find out.


DBAs and developers working with IBM DB2 often use IBM Data Studio. Toad DBA Suite for IBM DB2 LUW complements Data Studio with advanced features that make DBAs and developers much more productive. How can Toad DBA Suite for IBM DB2 LUW benefit your organization? Download the tech brief to find out.


Dell Toad DBA Suite for Oracle complements Oracle Enterprise Manager by delivering critical functionality in three key areas: performance management, database maintenance and change management. What can Toad DBA Suite for Oracle do for your organization? Download the tech brief to find out.


Database administrators, developers, QA analysts and performance engineers have different approaches to identifying problematic SQL. This technical brief explains the needs of each role and how Dell Software products can be used to identify problematic SQL statements from Sybase ASE. Learn more.


Toad for IBM DB2 is a powerful tool for the database administrator. But it’s some of its newer and lesser known features that provide the great productivity benefits in the DBA’s day-to-day work. Do you know the top 10 features of Toad for IBM DB2? Download this white paper and find out.


Learn how the proven process outlined in this white paper can help you overcome migration challenges and successfully upgrade to Oracle® database 12c.


Discover how our enterprise-class logical database replication technology enables data to be shared between databases with no distance limitations.


Read the tech brief and learn how database replication provides a cost-effective way to consolidate and distribute data in real time.


Data integration is a crucial part of the equation for any business interested in fully harnessing its information resources. However, data integration challenges are multiplying in step with the growing complexity of data environments. Most organizations today are dealing with an ever-expanding array of data sources and users with varying requirements. Therefore, it is no surprise that integration projects are topping the priority list. In fact, a brand new study conducted over the readers of Database Trends and Applications found that 38% of companies polled had integration projects in production while 30% were planning or piloting projects. Download this special report to learn about the key developments in the marketplace and new solutions helping companies overcome challenges.


If you don’t get the data right, nothing else matters. However, the business focus on applications often overshadows the priority for a well-organized database design. The database just comes along for the ride as the application grows in scope and functionality. This paper focuses on seven common database design “sins” that can be easily avoided and suggest ways to correct them in future projects.


Thumbtack Technology took three of the most popular NoSQL databases (DataStax Enterprise, Couchbase and MongoDB) and measured how much load could be put through them while keeping the working set in RAM. Download this special report to get the preliminary benchmark test results.


In-memory computing is currently racing toward the mainstream and revolutionizing the way enterprises leverage data to support their business requirements along the way. How big is this revolution? Nearly 75% of IT stakeholders at organizations across North America surveyed by Unisphere Research believe that in-memory technology is important to enabling their organization to be competitive. To succeed in today’s economy, businesses need faster data processing, fresher data, and more cost-effective data systems. Download this special report to learn the ins and outs, as well as the key products available in the marketplace.


This collection of articles substantiates growing concerns over application performance in cloud and/or virtualized environments. While cost reduction is a primary reason enterprises move from traditional datacenter infrastructure to distributed computing, the economics don’t pan out if application performance and, subsequently, user adoption suffer. However, a good understanding of performance in the cloud or in virtualized environments demands a wholly different approach to monitoring, as explained in the following articles authored by technology strategists and members of the Compuware APM Center of Excellence.


In December 2013, Compuware commissioned Research in Action to conduct a global, independent survey of 740 senior IT professionals’ attitudes and concerns relating to cloud computing. The results revealed that businesses worry that the reduced visibility and control that accompanies their move to the cloud hampers their ability to deliver a high quality end-user experience with applications. The study shows that the Service Level Agreements (SLAs) offered by cloud providers are failing to address the needs of their customers, as they are too simplistic.


This collection discusses the common performance issues encountered when managing jobs in a Hadoop environment. Whether you are running Hadoop on-premise or utilizing a cloud-hosted MapReduce environment, or a combination of the two, this collection will give you real-world examples of how to improve the distribution and utilization of your big data deployment.


Any business analyst will tell you they have a love-hate relationship with Excel. While purpose-built for calculations, graphing and reporting, it has also been the only user-friendly tool available for manipulating data pre-analytics. That's where the "hate" part of the relationship comes in. Most Excel "jockeys" will tell you that they spend way too much time hand-crafting data: using filters to find flaws, creating pivot tables to find outliers, writing VLOOKUPs, scripting, blending, screaming, and yelling. As the clock ticks and deadlines loom, Excel simultaneously becomes the lock and the key to every analytic exercise. Accelerate your path to analytics with a modern approach to data preparation. This eBook shows you how.


Watch this new webcast to learn how to evolve your software and databases to support your changing business needs without affecting performance. Find out how to reduce risk, compare database objects, automate scripting and research, and replay database workload to simulate the production environment.


Big data got you down? Watch this new webcast with Oracle Ace Bert Scalzo to learn how to organize current data stores, use tools to create and maintain successful data warehousing and business intelligence solutions, transform existing OLTP models, answer critical questions and plan for the future.


While Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) allows you to scale databases horizontally, it’s not without its limitations. Join the webcast to learn how you can get real-time data replication that helps you reduce risk and downtime while enhancing performance and infrastructure.


Learn how leading online dating site, eHarmony, implemented a state-of-the-art data replication solution to help its subscribers find their perfect match and enhance strategic decision-making.


While enterprise adoption of Hadoop is expanding, it brings new types of challenges, from manual coding demands, skills requirements, and a lack of native real-time capabilities. Learn the steps to success for adopting Hadoop-based big data analytics, and find out about a special solution that allows you to mix and match both real-time and analytics workloads.


This paper summarizes the issues healthcare institutions face today with legacy RDBMS + SAN data environments and why the combination of MarkLogic, Apache Hadoop, and Intel provides a government-grade solution for Big Data.


This paper summarizes the issues financial services companies face today with legacy RDBMS + SAN data environments and why the combination of MarkLogic, Apache Hadoop, and Intel provides a solution for enterprise Big Data.


This paper summarizes the issues public agencies face today with legacy RDBMS + SAN data environments and why the combination of MarkLogic, Apache Hadoop, and Intel provides a government-grade solution for Big Data.


Hadoop is great for storing and analyzing data, but it still needs a database. Hadoop is simply not designed for low-latency transactions required for real-time interactive applications, or applications that require enterprise features such as government-grade security, backup and recovery, or real-time analytics. The real benefits of Hadoop are realized only when running alongside an enterprise grade database.


Are you leveraging all of Toad’s powerful features? In this on-demand webcast, Oracle ACE and Toad Product Architect Bert Scalzo discusses Toad’s hidden functionality, and how it can make your job easier. Watch it today.


In this on-demand webcast, Oracle ACE and Toad Product Architect Bert Scalzo discusses 10 powerful and hidden features in Toad® that help increase your productivity and DB performance. Watch this webcast today.


See how to migrate or upgrade your Oracle database with minimal risk and downtime, and use SharePlex to integrate with modern systems like Hadoop.


Discover how real-time replication technology can help you easily meet your business continuity goals — and reduce costs. Watch the on-demand webcast.


NoSQL databases are seen by many as a more elegant way of managing big, and occasionally small, organizational data. This paper is for technology decision-makers confronting the daunting process of selecting from this fast-growing category of data management technologies. It will introduce a set of comparative features that should be used when selecting a NoSQL technology for your workload and your enterprise. There are many common features across NoSQL databases, but even these have implementation nuances that should be understood.


Forrester Research details how one large transportation company implemented Dell Toad™ for Oracle®, and in a five year span saw a 2,667% ROI and savings of over $49 million. When evaluating Dell’s award-winning database solution, Toad for Oracle, a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dell analyzed four fundamental elements of total economic impact: • Costs • Benefits to the organization • Strategic flexibility options • Risk For the study, Forrester conducted in-depth interviews with a Toad customer at a large Oracle shop to determine the ways in which Toad can save organizations money and the extent to which Toad delivers return on investment. What follows are the highlights of this study.


Now more than ever, big data, social media, and the consumerization of IT have created a huge demand for data analysts. Today's analysts are highly skilled, highly empowered and highly productive. Government agencies need to understand how to capitalize on the investment they are making into these super analysts. In this article, information expert and executive consultant John Weathington discusses how organizations can take advantage of the resources they already have by increasing productivity using new Toad Business Intelligence software.


Dell Software commissioned leading government research provider Market Connections, Inc. to poll federal IT administrators on awareness of, and attitudes toward, the use of data replication and integration tools, especially the features they deem most critical when selecting a tool. This white paper explores the findings of that poll and assesses how IT managers in federal agencies are faring with their data management strategies.


When it comes to databases, businesses have more choices than ever today. From the longstanding RDBMS, to the growing camps of NoSQL and NewSQL databases, the landscape is becoming increasingly specialized and best-of-breed. This transformation mirrors the plethora of challenges IT departments across industries face today: the need to handle larger data volumes, the need to handle new data types, the need to deliver data faster, the need to support more application users, and the need to operate more cost-effectively, to name a few. Download this special report to read about the current state of the marketplace and learn about the new technologies that are helping businesses address these challenges.


While the hype surrounding NoSQL database technology has become deafening, there is real substance beneath the often exaggerated claims. But like most things in life, the benefits come at a cost. Developers accustomed to data modeling and application development against relational database technology will need to approach things differently. This white paper highlights the differences between a relational database and a distributed document-oriented database, the implications for application development, and guidance that can ease the transition from relational to NoSQL database technology.


Today, enterprises are supporting hundreds or even thousands of databases to meet growing business demand. With most organizations supporting Lean and Agile application development initiatives, IT organizations are being pressured to deliver applications in months, if not weeks. Although DBMS technology has improved in automation over the years, provisioning and administering databases for application development remains a bottleneck, largely because of lack of database administration (DBA) and system resources, limited IT budget, complexity of IT infrastructure, and lack of priority to enterprise databases. As a result, many enterprises are struggling with new application development to innovate, remain competitive, and deliver improved services in the age of the customer.


Postgres has advanced significantly in recent releases. With new features and capabilities alongside several longstanding components and extensions, Postgres can support virtually all of today’s data types as well as unstructured and semi-structured data. This is meaningful for two reasons: -Postgres can power many applications written for NoSQL technologies. -Developers can build applications in Postgres that achieve the same results as NoSQL solutions.


Real-time information processing, a concept that has been around for a long time, has been in vogue lately. One reason for its popularity is the fact that real-time capable technology and online services have become very affordable, even for small businesses. Another factor is that real time has the attention and interest of the boardroom and executive suite. The idea of being able to instantaneously sense and respond to threats and opportunities has a lot of appeal for business leaders vying for an edge in a fiercely competitive global economy. With technology chipping away at the time it takes to gather relevant and accurate data, there’s less need for bureaucratic, hierarchical decision-making structures. Emerging technologies are now becoming part of the enterprise scene—such as in memory technology, cloud, mobile, and NoSQL databases—are bringing more real-time capabilities to the fore.


Business intelligence and analytics has undergone a revolutionary shift over the past few years, a transition that is still working its way through enterprises and their processes. Nowhere is this more evident than in the rapidly changing roles and expectations of information workers—those managing the data, as well as those consuming it.


Miami-Dade County needed to streamline database administration and development to ensure that critical government services are constantly available and aligned to the needs of local citizens. The county deployed Dell™ Toad for Oracle and Dell Toad for SQL Server, which accelerate database management and development tasks including the following benefits: • County improved services for its citizens • DBAs increased their productivity and quickly resolved issues • Developers worked smarter with improved data visualization • IT staff demanded additional Toad licenses


Cloud databases are on the rise as more and more businesses look to capitalize on the advantages of cloud computing to power their business applications. In fact, a recent Unisphere Research study revealed that 37% of organizations are now using or considering adopting a cloud database. Elastic scalability, high availability, flexible capacity planning, and self-service provisioning are among the key, sought-after benefits. While traditional concerns about data security and compliance still have some enterprises watching from the sideline, for many enterprises, the advantages of cloud databases are becoming harder and harder to ignore.


Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control (OEM Grid) has capabilities which, when properly configured, can dramatically improve the performance of the entire Oracle software and hardware stack, from applications to disk storage. These capabilities include the OEM Grid, the Oracle Management Repository, and OEM Grid metric templates. OEM Grid configuration using Datavail's Alert Optimizer and custom templates helps eliminate unwanted alerts, while enriching actionable alerts, and improving the performance of the entire database system. This whitepaper explains how.


Today’s exponential data growth is stressing databases and DBAs alike. That’s why many companies are looking for options on how to manage the day-to-day operations of their databases and still have time to gain traction on strategic projects, such as upgrades, migrations, tuning and integration. Whether it’s augmenting an existing team, handling production support, enabling coverage of second and third shifts, supplying half a DBA, or providing complete multi-tiered coverage for one or more database environments, Datavail can deliver the solution.


Microsoft's SharePoint collaboration software is an excellent tool for enterprise users, but some individuals have pointed to it as the source of data leaks — incorrectly so. SharePoint requires the same security planning applied to any other network asset. It also must be properly implemented to prevent hackers from taking advantage of default or misconfigured settings. Six ideas are offered here to help IT professionals bolster their SharePoint security.


Trends come and go, but some new ideas in database management are not simply flavor-of-the-month fads. Many have staying power and the potential to transform organizations. What are the current trends in database management and how can you take best advantage of them to benefit your organization?


Since the 1980S, companies have invested millions of dollars in designing, implementing, and updating enterprise data warehouses as the foundation of their business intelligence systems. The founding principle of the data warehouse was simple: a single version of the truth to support corporate decision making. Today, the world of decision making, along with the data sources and technologies that support it, is evolving rapidly. The future of data warehousing is not only being shaped by the need for businesses to deliver faster data access to more users, but the need for a richer picture of their operations afforded by a greater variety of data for analysis. The unstructured and semistructured data that companies are collecting from social media, remote sensors, web traffic, and other sources needs to be integrated and combined for analysis to produce valuable insights for better decision making. A new data warehousing architecture is emerging, along with a new generation of techn


Today’s users demand reports with better business insights, more information sources, real-time data, more self-service and want these delivered more quickly, making it hard for the BI professionals to meet such expectations. This white paper outlines how the use of Data Virtualization can help BI professionals to accomplish these goals.


This white paper discusses businesses making huge gains by leveraging more data than ever before for both analytics and operations—to improve customer service, speed products to market, cut costs and more. They could use large amounts of data from a growing number of sources—that is the good news. That is also the bad news. For data consumers, whether they are end-users or application developers, easy access to relevant data to speed time to market is the key need. For IT serving them, agile data provisioning that is efficient, high-performing and securely managed is the key challenge.


Listening to the pundits, you can be forgiven for thinking that the unstructured, “cloudified,” out-of-network data tsunami is poised to sweep through and shake enterprises out of their comfortable, relational worlds. But there’s more to the story than that. Enterprises still, and will likely continue to, rely on relational database systems as their transactional workhorses. These systems continue to evolve and adapt to today’s new data realities. Many relational database and data warehouse environments are opening to unstructured data, running in clouds, and supporting caches that enable real-time— or near real-time—decision making.


SQL-on-Hadoop solutions have become very popular recently as companies solve the data access issues with Hadoop or seek a scale-out alternative for traditional relational database management systems. However with all of the options available, choosing which solution is right for your business can be a daunting task.


This white paper outlines the most important aspects and ingredients of successful DB2 for z/ OS performance management from DBTA columnist and data management expert Craig Mullins. It offers multiple guidelines and tips for improving performance within the three major performance tuning categories required of every DB2 implementation: the application, the database and the system.


If your organization relies on data, optimizing the performance of your database can increase your earnings and savings. Many factors, both large and small, can affect performance, so fine-tuning your database is essential. Performance-tuning expert Chuck Ezell sheds light on the right questions to get the answers you need by using a defined approach to performance-tuning, referred to as the 5 S’s.


The next generation of databases and data platforms is coming into full fruition to help enterprises more effectively store, process, analyze and deliver value from Big Data. This report hones in on the key challenges and opportunities ahead, and provides in-depth information on leading-edge technologies and solutions. Download your copy today to stay ahead of the latest developments in NoSQL, NewSQL and Hadoop.


This DBTA Thought Leadership Series discusses new approaches to planning and laying out tracks and infrastructure, moving to a real-time analytics requires new thinking and strategies to upgrade database performance. What are needed are new tools, new methodologies, new architectures, and a new philosophy toward managing data performance.


Managers of database administrators have a recurring problem: they need to hire experts to keep their systems running, only to see their high-priced talent maddeningly chained to pesky requests and problems that could be handled by less-expensive employees. Outsourcing allows organizations to have people with the exact skills required at the moment they are needed. In this white paper, we explore the top 10 issues facing managers of DBAs and how outsourcing solves some of these pressing challenges by providing reliable and flexible staffing.


Today’s exponential data growth is stressing databases and DBAs alike. That’s why many companies are looking for options on how to manage the day-to-day operations of their databases and still have time to gain traction on strategic projects, such as upgrades, migrations, tuning and integration. Whether it’s augmenting an existing team, handling production support, enabling coverage of second and third shifts, supplying half a DBA, or providing complete multi-tiered coverage for one or more database environments, Datavail can deliver the solution.


Big data and cloud data are still hurtling outward from the ”Big Bang.” As dust settles, competing forces are emerging to launch the next round of database wars -- the ones that will set new rules for connectivity. Information workers at all levels require easy access to multiple data sources. With a premium cloud-based service, they can count on a single, standardized protocol to inform their most business-critical applications.


Hadoop is marching steadily into the enterprise, but key challenges remain, from manual coding demands to a lack of real-time capabilities and the time it takes to bring a Hadoop project into production. At the same time, brand-new startups and veteran software companies alike are delivering new offerings to the marketplace to make it easier to deploy, manage, and analyze Big Data on Hadoop. From data integration and business intelligence tools to integrated analytical platforms and a new wave of SQL-on-Hadoop solutions, the common goal is to help companies unleash the power of Hadoop for Big Data analytics. Download this special report to learn about the key solutions. Sponsored by MarkLogic, RainStor, Tableau, Qubole, Karmasphere, Appfluent, and Hadapt.


UNSTRUCTURED DATA: Managing, integrating, and Extracting Value While unstructured data may represent one of the greatest opportunities of the big data revolution, it is one of its most perplexing challenges. In many ways, the very core of big data is that it is unstructured, and many enterprises are not yet equipped to handle this kind of information in an organized, systematic way. Effectively capturing and capitalizing on unstructured data isn’t just a technical challenge, it represents an organizational challenge. A flexible and agile enterprise environment—supported and embraced by all business units—will elevate unstructured data processing and analysis to a position in which it can help drive the business. This Thought Leadership Series is sponsored by Objectivity and Database Plugins


THE WORLD OF BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE IS EVOLVING. Not only do organizations need to make decisions faster, but the data sources available for reporting and analysis are growing tremendously, in both size and variety. This special report from Database Trends and Applications examines the key trends reshaping the business intelligence landscape and the key technologies you need to know about. This Best Practices feature is sponsored by Oracle, Attunity, Tableau, Objectivity and Pentaho.


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