Mission Critical Support for SAP and LOB Applications

In the IT community, we often talk about mission critical applications with the need to achieve high availability and have proper disaster recovery to achieve business continuity.  However, it’s amazing to me how many companies running SAP or other LOB applications (that are an integral part of successfully running their business) fail to have the most…

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Thinking for a Change

Thinking for a Change I thought I would take a break from all of the technical blogs and write about my favorite book of all time. I am a huge John Maxwell fan. I have read nearly all of his books. In 2003, he released a book called, “Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly…

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Monitoring the Performance of your SAP SQL Database Files

Monitoring the Performance of Your SAP SQL Database Files   The driving force behind outstanding performance with SQL Server is a technique called Proportional Fill. This is how SQL Server writes to your file groups. When running SAP on SQL, only the PRIMARY file group can be used. The principal behind this technique is to…

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Configuring your SQL File Systems

Configuring Your SQL File Systems   SQL Server will perform much better when the file systems are configured correctly. In this blog entry, I will show you how to validate the configuration on your database file system. In my next blog, we will look at the setup and performance of your files.   First, let’s…

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Best Practices – SAN LUN Creation and Size Expansion for SAP Architectures Continued – Chapter 2

In the previous blog about LUN Creation and Size Expansion we talked about one of the don’ts for creating large LUNs.  So the next question thrown at me is what are the alternatives to SAN concatenantion (LUSE) for volume expansion and what is the performance difference (SAN concatenation vs. Disk Interleaving vs. Host and Sofware Striping)?  Well…

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SAP TCO/Risk Analysis and my Session at the SAP Insider IT 2011 Conference

I’m looking forward to presenting at the SAP Insider IT 2011 conference March 15-18 in Las Vegas…and have been developing my presentation this week. One of my passions over the last 15 years is SAP and other LOB application Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis. For many IT organizations, the decision to ‘replatform’ or migrate from one…

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LOB Workload Testing: Single Unit, Load, Stress, and Smoke Testing

Testing the performance of a particular mission-critical workload on your Line of Business application (SAP ERP or SCM, Dynamics GP, Oracle Siebel CRM, Peoplesoft HR, JDE, and so on) is part of a smart IT organization’s life. Based on your IT organization’s budget, headcount, bandwidth, and other available resources, though, the particular type of workload testing…

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SAP user and groups requirements in the active directory

Today for an SAP installation on Windows in an existing AD domain, some user and groups requirements are mandatory from SAP. This article gives an overview of the necessary user and groups including the rights and permission.   Domain or local installation: Before you install the SAP system, you have to decide whether you want…

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UKOUG JD Edwards 2010 November 10th and 11th

I will be presenting a session at the UK Oracle Users Group JD Edwards conference on Getting the best out of SQL Server and JD Edwards. Co-presenting with me will be Terry Graham from Constellation Europe. Terry has recently upgraded CEs OneWorld ERP 8 instance from Windows 2003/SQL 2000 IA64 to Windows 2008, Hyper-V and…

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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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