Benefits of SQL Server and ERP for Enterprise Performance Scalability

Posted by Gerry Poe

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SQL databases have been running businesses for decades. Still some companies are using non-relational databases called "flat-file" data. These databases have limited size, functional restrictions, compatibility and reliability issues. Combined, they cost more to operate business and restrict enterprise scalability and performance.

Here are a few reasons to chose an SQL database for your enterprise data:

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

This relates to where the database tunes and manages itself, helping customers focus on strategic business initiatives rather than micro-managing technology. SQL Server 2005/2008 includes features that dynamically optimize for recent hardware innovations including large memory, ultra - high speed disk subsystems and Storage Area Networks.  

This relates to the reliability of the system.  Built in OLAP - OLAP relates to the tools used for the on - line 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 ERP database operating with SQL Server

Data Integrity
A significant benefit of implementing the SQL Server version of SYSPRO is that it ensures consistent and reliable data at all times. This overcomes a limitation of C - ISAM 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 version of 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 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 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 realizing the benefits of your SQL Server investment more quickly and cost-effectively.

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SQL server 2008, is better “connected” to your enterprise infrastructure, 64 bit version is a better enterprise fit combined with 64 bit Operating Systems. ERP underlying architecture advantages of 64 bit is unquestionably faster. Queries, and other “system-performance” throughput dependent functions, are made quicker using 64 bit architectures.

SYSPRO ERP is compatible, as far back as SQL 2005, however client companies using SQL 2008 or 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 expiring, it behooves enterprises to upgrade. Already SQL 2005 is two-versions behind. As you may 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 and sustainability gains.

If your organization choses to stay on SQL 2005, you'll realize performance losses, even in the microseconds adds up to increased costs. Reducing operator and processing time adds to the bottom line and increased enterprise productivity.

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 can't run reliably on the same old platform.

I hope this helps your organization understand and appreciate SQL database benefits and beneficial variations in versions as well.

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