Enterprise Technology Performance Benefits of SQL Server

Posted by Gerry Poe


enterprise tools sql serverBenefits of SQL Server 

Why is it important to keep your enterprise and server software up to date? Lags in product technology can cost you in unseen ways. What if your enterprise systems could be 20% (or more) faster? What does this do for your bottom line? If your server architectures are running on 32-bit versus 64-bit technology, what does the environment cost the company?  Costs can be measured in terms of speed and enterprise performance. User satisfaction is one factor; however, enterprise throughput is perhaps your key profit benefit.

Here are a few discussion points you may like to have with your technical staff. Given that, technically, the software works on older versions of SQL Server seemingly well; upgrading may take your "enterprise bandwidth" to a higher level, which may be just what was missing.

Scalability

Unlimited scalability is provided with the introduction of Distributed Partitioned Views in SQL Server 2005/2008 - which can divide workloads across multiple, independent SQL Server-based servers.

Self-Tuning

This relates to where the database tunes and manages itself, helping you focus on strategic business initiatives rather than micro-managing your technologies. SQL Server 2005/2008 includes features dynamically optimized for current hardware innovations including large memory, ultra-high speed disk subsystems and Storage Area Networks (SAN).  

Availability

This relates to the reliability of the system.  Built in OLAP - OLAP relates to the tools used for the online analysis of information in the database.  While this is generally a third party tool purchased from the database software, these tools are included as standard with SQL Server.

Total Cost of Ownership

All the above facilities reduce the total cost of administering your databases.

Benefits of a SQL Server for of SYSPRO ERP

Data Integrity:

A significant benefit of implementing the SQL Server for SYSPRO is that it ensures consistent and reliable data at all times. Older file structures which are unable to provide the necessary levels of data integrity required for enterprise systems (e.g. data can be left in an incomplete state if either the server or client crashes, or network problems occur).

Transaction Processing:

One of the ways in which the SQL Server for SYSPRO ensures the integrity of data is by using a facility known as Transaction Processing. This facility ensures that a group of transactions (e.g. the processing of an invoice) is committed to the database. In addition, SYSPRO includes a timestamp data type column in every table. The timestamp allows an application to view the chronological sequence of events and to verify whether any changes have occurred within a row of data since the timestamp was last accessed.

Native ODBC Access:

SYSPRO uses native ODBC (data source names - DSN) calls to access the SQL Server database. ODBC is one of the most effective ways of accessing SQL Server, as this method does not require the  database to interpret the calls before being processed.

SQL Server 2008 Performance:

SQL Server 2008 provides much faster Full-Text Search capability (Google-type Searching), and much faster processing once SQL Server 2008 features are used (in many cases, we realize a 300% increase in speed!). In addition, SQL Server 2008 provides for more efficient storage of data and indexes including filtered indexes, wide tables, sparse columns, and page level compression.

If you already have a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 database solution up and running but are experiencing reliability, speed, efficiency or storage problems, our SQL Server Consultants can help you discover how to take best advantage of new SQL Server 2008 features and performance advantages, and realize the benefits of your SQL Server investment more quickly and cost-effectively.

Summary:

SQL server 2008, is better “connected” to your enterprise infrastructure, 64 bit version is a better enterprise fit, also 64 bit Operating Systems. SYSPRO is not a 64 bit application, however, the underlying architecture advantages of 64 bit is unquestionably faster. Queries and other “system” throughput dependent functions are made quicker using 64 bit architectures.

SYSPRO ERP is compatible, as far back as SQL 2000, however client companies using SQL 2008 and later are experiencing better user harmony and enterprise results with business performance enhancements. Since Microsoft support for older versions, like server 2003 and SQL 2005 are/will expire soon, it behooves enterprises to upgrade. Already SQL 2005 is two-versions behind. As you know software catches up to the hardware performance about 2-5 years after the hardware is released.

The rationale to upgrade is proactive enterprise decision making supporting lower cost of ownership with enterprise performance gains.

If your organizations choose to stay on SQL 2005, realize performance losses, even in the microseconds, add up to costs. Reducing operator and processing time adds to the bottom line and increased enterprise productivity.

Also, the .net compatibility for SYSPRO is 3.5 for most functions, .net 2.0 still on some add-ons, so it is an enterprise wide performance discussion, not only for SYSPRO ERP functional benefit.

It is kind of like having a garage full of antiques and rolling in a new Corvette, they all fit in the garage but they don’t run the same.

Note: If your current products have software assurance, your upgrades are already paid for.

I hope this helps your organization appreciate SQL database benefits and some variations in versions of SQL too.

Does your organization’s Enterprise Performance Technologies include:

  • Current industry support?
  • Enteprise software assurance and upgrade path?
  • Infrastructure migration and upgrade support?
  • Seamless operation across server and client architectures?
  • Backup and recovery path for all systems?

Technology seems to be an afterthought for some organizations; in fact, technology pays for itself faster than almost any other form of enterprise improvement.

Enterprise support is a key ingredient in your organization's success. We're here to help. You can download the complete SYSPRO User's Support program here:

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