Is there more to LOB than SAP?

Thomas’s opening blog implied that LOB wasn’t just about SAP but also JD Edwards, Peoplesoft and Siebel. So where is all the JDE, PSFT and Siebel content? It is time for a change, time to slow the tidal wave that is SAP, time for Iron Man to stand upto the Teutonic giant that is SAP!…

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Cheap vs. Cost-Effective: The Underestimated Role of the DBA

Several weeks ago one of our joint customers with SAP complained about the capabilities of SQL Server and announced to migrate his SAP landscape to a competitive database platform if Microsoft wouldn’t fix “the problem”. The key issues, for which the database was blamed: Unacceptable performance, frequent downtime of the SAP application causing significant friction…

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Twelve Methods of Flipping your Innovation/Operations Position

Think about the typical bell curve most SAP and other LOB IT organizations face today when it comes to investing in innovation (strategic or incremental), core IT operations, and operational excellence. I call this the “Innovation/Operations Spectrum.” In short, most IT organizations wind up focusing on core operations at the expense of innovation (at one…

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Geographically dispersed cluster configuration for SAP on Windows / SQL Server

Our competitors often mention to our customer base, that it is not possible running a SAP environment on the Windows / SQL Server platform, which is distributed over two different datacenters with high availability or disaster recovery functionality. This article describes different possibilities to run SAP systems on a dual datacenter strategy with HA/DR separated…

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CoE Job Opening: Hiring an LOB Application Platform Architect

The LOB Application Platform team is looking for an additional team member. If you’re an experienced architect with deep and solid technical roots in Microsoft’s application platform, looking for challenging opportunities around some of the largest and most complex line-of-business applications, why don’t you give it a try? If you step-up and accept the bold…

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New link for Brazil case studies

Dear followers For those who couldn’t access the link of Brazil case studies another public link is available Case studies can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/pt/br/case-studies.aspx You can view the video at http://www.microsoft.com/brasil/sqlserver2008/videos/marcopolo_final_leg.wvx  Enjoy it   Vera  


The Most Important Thing

As we roll into a new fiscal quarter here at Microsoft, I’ve had a question stuck in my mind: What’s the most important thing? Is it family? Well, yes. A job well done? Sure. Billable utilization? No doubt. Taking care of others? Yes again. Satisfaction from designing or deploying an elegant enterprise technology solution? Yeah,…

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LOB Applications and Microsoft IT

When I talk to either prospective or current customers of Microsoft’s Application Platform (Windows and SQL Server), a topic of discussion that is often brought up is how Microsoft internally runs either SAP or other LOB applications.  Fortunately, Microsoft IT recognized long ago that one of the best ways to promote your own product is to use your…