News & Events

09th May 2017
Blog
How can you regularly benchmark your database and application infrastructure against real-life? Why would you want to?

In the age of big data, public cloud, private cloud it’s easy to be pushed into constantly thinking about the future... What should you optimise though and how can you be sure it’ll make a difference? Would knowing it could give you a competitive edge be worth considering?

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28th March 2017
Blog
How cloud is increasing profits by 22% for the Manufacturing sector

How can your Manufacturing business benefit from constant production management by adopting data modernisation, digital transformation and the cloud?

With advances in technology over the last five years, digital transformation has gripped...

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23rd March 2017
News
dsp drives up its share of the Database MSP Market with
record contract growth and 2nd acquisition

DSP firmly established itself as one of the UK’s fastest growing proactive Database MSPs during 2016, signing £2.1m of new contracts and making its second acquisition, the Oracle DBA support division of IT Services provider ITSB.

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12th July 2017
Event
Applications on Oracle Database Appliance (ODA)

A main goal... how to future proof your applications environment through Oracle while becoming more efficient in terms of costs and productivity.

As well as the option of developing the fundamental steps you need to take to get ...

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06th June 2017
Event
Microsoft Technology Centre – Your Data In Azure

A one-day session at Microsoft's Technology Centre, focusing on how clients can integrate Microsoft Azure into their businesses to achieve a improved ROI.

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02nd March 2017
Blog
DSP Solves Challenge Of Optimising Database Environments With Zero Downtime

It’s an interesting concept proactivity. We all want to work proactively but, to put it simply, business-as-usual gets in the way. That’s why at dsp we have made proactivity our mantra – so that you can focus on your business.

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02nd March 2017
Blog
Cloud is the New Way to Think About Your Datacenter

Traditional Versus Cloud - Most companies are running custom applications that are stitched together, they have purpose-built hardware to think about, and have specialised teams, and everything has been carefully customised (over many years in some cases!).

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04th April 2017
Event
JDA on ODA: WMS best practices with Oracle

This is a networking event for JDA users running Warehouse Management System (WHS).

We will be discussing a wide range of topics including: JDA application stack management, platform consolidation, best practice with Oracle Database Appliance and much more...

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19th January 2017
Blog
What’s the difference between DB-RaaS and DRaaS?

Our CTO Simon Brooks dives deep into the world of Recovery as a Service and explains the fundamental differences between the two. I know this has opened my eyes to Data Recovery.

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19th December 2016
Blog
Cloud Market Trends

The value of cloud adoption

Companies of all sizes are moving to the Cloud for its many benefits:

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02nd December 2016
Blog
Policing London boroughs through Azure

Microsoft team up with London’s law enforcers to deliver Azure storage to the officer body camera program.

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23rd November 2016
Blog
Microsoft Azure, Supporting Charities, Non for Profits
and NOG’s Around the World.

With the IT industry moving into the cloud, will organisations that cant afford it suffer? Not if Microsoft have anything to do with it.

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15th November 2016
Blog
What can Big Data do for your organisation?

We look into three areas of Big Data that your organisation could take advantage of in order to grow.

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02nd November 2016
Blog
Azure, helping the minds of the future

Microsoft help the educational sector with the storage and database in the their cloud, Azure.

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25th October 2016
Blog
Oracle roll out more than 250 new patches this quarters

A quick look at some patches from quarters Oracle release

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18th October 2016
Blog
dsp The Only Partner of the Year!

dsp collect awards in all categories nominated in at this years' UKOUG. Find out how we did.

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14th October 2016
News
Managed Services Partner of the Year 2016/17

dsp has been named winner of the Managed Services Partner of the Year at the ninth annual UK Oracle User Group Partner of the Year Awards.

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12th October 2016
Blog
Handbags, into the Retail Cloud

The retail industry have been slow off the mark when migrating to the cloud...A high-end fashion have just taken the leap.

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27th September 2016
Blog
5 Benefits of Migrating Your Database to the Cloud

We've done some research around the cloud and the benefits that will come to your organisations if you were to enhance your company via migration.

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23rd September 2016
Blog
MOD move their database compute into Azure

Cloud computing is the future of data. The Ministry of Defense are moving into the future, employing Microsoft Azure and Office 365 as their chariot of choice.

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22nd September 2016
Blog
Your Big Data in the Cloud…But is it Secure?

Four tips to ensure total security, when taking big data to the cloud.

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07th September 2016
News
Microsoft opens UK Azure Datacentres

Microsoft is first but the customer is ultimately the winner.

Microsoft has today (07/09/16) announced the launch of its first UK Azure datacentres. This is big news for the cloud and bigger news for databases.

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13th September 2016
Blog
Eco-friendly evergreen IT services in the Clouds

A look into the life of Eco-friendly 'Evergreen' IT services, the Cloud and Continuous Maintenance support, from our Chief Technical Officer and Innovation Specialist Simon Brooks

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12th September 2016
Blog
Data centres coming to a town near you

Run through of the cloud, its main three providers, their UK based data centres and where they are located. Looking at what this means to you and your organisation.

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07th September 2016
Blog
Oracle SE2, Now Available on AWS

News on how the Oracle's Standard Edition 2 offering is now being hosted on Amazons cloud offering AWS

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05th September 2016
Blog
Sharding is easy with MongoDB

In a world where databases are built for scale, where optimisation is paramount and scaling is an expected necessity. We’d like to highlight this video from MongoDB on how to achieve all three.

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30th August 2016
Blog
Keeping Up The Apprentice Tradition

Apprenticeship Awards 2016

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25th August 2016
Blog
Whats Our Oracle Database Support About?

A quick guide to what we do to ensure our Oracle Database Managed Service clients encounter Uptime All The Time.

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18th August 2016
Blog
Oracle Cloud free 30-day trial – Data Storage

Data in the cloud is the way forward...why not take advantage of Oracle's free 30 day trial first to see if its right for you

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23rd August 2016
Blog
Reactive or Proactive, That be the Question

Database environments need monitoring constantly...are you a reactive or proactive type of DBA?

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16th August 2016
Blog
Oracle Database Support Options

The latest news about support options available for Oracle Database versions

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11th August 2016
Blog
Oracle Cloud free 30-day trial – Database Backup

Take advantage of Oracle's a free 30-day trial for database backup solutions and see how easy it is to use and back up your data

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08th August 2016
Blog
Microsoft Azure Winning Gold at the 2016 Olympics

Microsoft Azure and NBC team up to host 2016 Olympics in the Cloud

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04th August 2016
Blog
Oracle Cloud free 30-day trial – Database Services

Why you should be taking advantage of Oracle's a free 30-day trial for database cloud services

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02nd August 2016
Blog
What are the key benefits of a Database Managed Service?

The third and final installment in our blog series - Talking about the benefits a Database Managed Service can have on your organisation.

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27th July 2016
Blog
Azure the number one choice for organisations moving to the cloud

Organisations that are moving to the cloud are choosing Microsoft's cloud offering, Azure as their first choice...what are your plans for the future of your IT estate?

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26th July 2016
Blog
2016 UK OUG voting is now open!

We are pleased to announce that dsp has been shortlisted for the 2016 UK OUG ‘Database’ and ‘Managed Services’ Partner of the Year Awards.

These awards provide recognition to all Oracle Partners for the contribution of service they deliver to their client base.

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20th July 2016
Blog
Who is a Database Managed Service for?

Our second installment in our blog series - Running through what a Database Managed Service actually is and how this can benefit your organisation.

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14th July 2016
Blog
The true cost of database downtime

Defining the true cost of database downtime and what does this mean? 

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12th July 2016
Blog
What is Continuous Maintenance?

Continuous Maintenance is a methodology drawing upon current industry thinking and underpinned by proven industry technologies. It is dsp’s solution to keeping both your current and legacy systems up to date…all the time…and all at a low risk to your business.

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07th July 2016
Blog
UIM Saving the world, one database at a time

Saving businesses time and money through database monitoring.

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05th July 2016
Blog
Database Managed What Now??

Blog series - Running through what a Database Managed Service actually is and how this can benefit your organisation.

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16th November 2016
Event
Latest Microsoft Innovations for Travel & Transport

From IT managers to database architects, our SQL Server, Modernisation and consolidation round table are designed to organisations within the Travel & Transport industries realise the value and benefits of modernised data platform can bring to their business.

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13th June 2016
Blog
Website Refresh

Following the investment from Simon Goodenough and the strategic sale of dsp’s E-Business Suite practice, dsp are proud to announce the launch of their new website.

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20th May 2016
Blog
NoSQL Vs Relational Database – Whats best?

There has always been the age old question of which is best, NoSQL or Relational Databases (well since database have been around). Here's what we we think...

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03rd May 2016
Blog
dsp divests ERP Practice to Version 1

dsp today announced it has sold its Oracle ERP practice to Dublin-based Version 1. Employees and customers of the divested business transferred to Version 1 on Friday April 29th.

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16th September 2015
News
UKOUG – The best at Oracle – Voted by you!

Awards – we just can’t stop winning them. This year, once again, we’ve won a number of UKOUG awards in the following categories

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04th May 2015
Blog
IS YOUR GLASS HALF FULL OR IS IT HALF EMPTY?

On 14th July 2014, Microsoft ends support for Windows Server 2003. And just this week I was talking to a Microsoft Leader and he told me that half of us in the UK are still running Windows Server 2003 (58% to be precise). Which half are you?

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28th July 2015
Blog
Investment from Simon Goodenough Spurs Next Phase of Growth at dsp

Award winning IT services provider dsp is set to enjoy fast-tracked growth as it welcomes Simon Goodenough on-board as its new Executive Chairman. Simon Goodenough is part of a Private Investment Group that has agreed to fund the next phase of growth at dsp.

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15th September 2015
Blog
dsp Keep Up Winning Streak with Triple Nomination in Annual UKOUG Awards

The leading IT innovators at dsp are attempting to keep up their award-winning streak with three new nominations at the annual UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG) Partner of the Year Awards.

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07th March 2016
Blog
Can Oracle on Windows replicate to Linux for a near-zero down-time server move?

The answer; Yeah, probably…..

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08th March 2016
Event
SQL Server 2005 End of Life Roundtable

On the 12th April 2016 Microsoft will be ending their support for all editions of SQL Server 2005 as part of their normal support life-cycle.

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29th April 2016
Event
Disaster Recovery Events

This Oracle Disaster Recovery event is aimed at companies who are interested in having a comprehensive Disaster Recovery plan for their Oracle Database environment.

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28th April 2016
Event
Private Cloud in a Public World

Discover how our Cloud connectivity bypasses the public Internet and is delivered over private VLANs over the network - resolving cloud data security and privacy issues.

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27th April 2016
Event
Out of Support – Life after SQL Server 2005

This webinar is aimed at companies currently running SQL Server 2005 and earlier. We will be discussing the risks of running unsupported versions of SQL Server, the impact this can have on your business, and the steps users can take to modernising their IT infrastructure.

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26th April 2016
Event
Oracle SE2 Licensing Made Easy

With the release of Oracle SE2 comes new challenges especially that of reduced processing power and the impact this can have on your Oracle Licensing.

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14th April 2016
Event
FX loader webinar

Many businesses running Oracle E-Business Suite have multi-currency requirements, from sending or receiving foreign currency invoices, to translating subsidiary company accounts to a global reporting currency.

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05th April 2016
Event
Data Platform Modernisation – Registration

The Data Platform Modernisation Immersion Experience offers a facilitated series of discussions supported by presentations as well as hands on activities that enable customers to understand the modernisation opportunities enabled by the latest Microsoft Data platform technologies.

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18th March 2016
Event
dsp, Cloud Migration and POC offerings

The IT channel has changed – no one can deny that. Gone are the days where IT Infrastructure resellers can survive on selling tin.

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18th March 2016
Event
Oracle Licensing and Pricing Webinar

This short interactive webinar aims to help you understand the principles of Oracle's licensing policies, along with highlighting some of the areas you need to be aware of when reviewing your licence requirement.

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22nd September 2015
Blog
Customer Service at dsp – going above and beyond!

We asked one of our Managed Services DBAs to talk us through a time they have given outstanding customer service at dsp…

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17th September 2015
Blog
Backup failure resolution and on-going maintenance.

Here is the second of 5 blogs written by our Managed Services Practice Head - Marcus Cowles. In this series, Marcus will discuss the top incidents logged against Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server database systems.

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16th September 2015
Blog
Why Infrastructure Providers choose to partner with dsp

As our business grows, we’re seeing more and more demand for our services through partners. So in our simple approach to things, we assess IT Solution Providers that choose to send their customers our way, or integrate our services into theirs.

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15th September 2015
Blog
“When I’m having a seriously bad day, I think about my wife.”

Our Microsoft Practice Head talks to us about the ups and downs of his work and how his inspirational Wife helps him through it...

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15th September 2015
Blog
What’s it like to be a SQL Server DBA at dsp?

We asked one of our SQL Server DBA support consultants… here’s what he had to say…

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10th September 2015
Blog
What Makes dsp great?… great employees!

dsp realise that to find and retain some of the greatest minds in our industry is hard – not only hard but sometimes impossible.

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11th September 2015
Blog
What a great day! The Oracle Innovation tour 2013

The Oracle innovation tour was a huge success with a number of IT professionals from high profile companies making an appearance, including Monsoon Accessorize, BBC and Harrods.

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11th September 2015
Blog
We’re not just Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server DBAs

Smart, innovative and fun are just some words to describe the company and its employees.

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10th September 2015
News
Vote Gold for dsp – 2014 UKOUG Partner of the Year Awards

We are pleased to announce that dsp has been shortlisted for Database, E-Business Suite and Managed Services Partner of the Year Awards.

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09th September 2015
Blog
The Red Rubber Ball Social and Charity Committee

Our MD Dev Nayak recently ran a triathlon for an independent UK charity ‘The Red Rubber Ball Foundation’.

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07th September 2015
Blog
Our Financial Director writes a letter to his younger self

Not that long ago dsp's Finance Director Tuhel Alom was a young man starting to make an impact on his career. So we asked Tuhel to write a letter to his younger self sharing his advice and experiences … here is what he had to say …

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04th September 2015
Blog
Our Oracle Developers will do anything for a Curry!

One of our Oracle Solution Consultants tells us what he’s been up to …

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02nd September 2015
Blog
Oracle DBA turned MD delivers a letter to his younger self.

1991 - Gulf War kicked off, England hosted the 1991 Rugby World Cup, the Terminator was back, Brian Adams's stole the year, and one more thing… a Computer Science graduate started off his first role as an Oracle DBA - our current MD.

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01st September 2015
Blog
Our Case Studies: An Overview Of Our Projects

A Look At Some Successful Projects

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31st August 2015
Blog
One Year at dsp – From Apprentice to Permanent Part of The Team

Our very first apprentice has completed his first year at dsp and we are all very proud to say he is now a permanent member of our team and a real part of the dsp family. Here is his reflection upon the last year

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28th August 2015
Blog
Never mind SQL, EBS, RAC or DBA, it is all about the BBQ

Last Saturday dsp had their very first BBQ to celebrate the start of summer, which we all thought was never going to arrive.

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27th August 2015
Blog
Mr Christian…. there be Mutiny aboard this ship (well almost!!!)

Picture the scene you have worked all the overtime your ship could muster ready for Christmas so you could give your family the festive period they deserve.

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26th August 2015
Blog
Managing Apprentices – Do’s & Don’t’s

In between providing the best level of support for our customers, our Managed Services Team are training the next generation of Oracle and SQL Database Masters and that is why they have taken on another apprentice.

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25th August 2015
Blog
It’s not all about Oracle and SQL Server Databases!

We're a pretty diverse bunch here who aren't just Oracle and SQL Server Support specialists. Amongst us we have...

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27th November 2015
Blog
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

At dsp we love Christmas almost as much as we love Databases and Applications

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24th August 2015
Blog
If Plato was an IT Director – he’d probably use dsp

One of Plato’s works called ‘Meno’, was on the differences between having ‘Knowledge’ and having just an ‘opinion’ (or belief). The most famous dialogue in this work was 'The Road to Larissa'.

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21st August 2015
Blog
Have you ever asked for the ‘Best Price’?

One of our New business development team talks to us about the Database consolidation, licensing and the ‘best’ price …

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21st August 2015
News
Finalists for the 2013 Microsoft data platform partner of the year

Microsoft announced today that dsp have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Microsoft data platform of the year award for the second year running.

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20th August 2015
Blog
dsp – work hard, play hard and a fun place to work!

There are worst places to work than dsp. Everyone works hard to ensure dsp are the best at what they do. But as importantly, the people make dsp what it is today – including, if not especially the board.

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19th August 2015
Blog
dsp – Where change is the only constant

Last August we made a really big change. We gave dsp a complete makeover – new logo, new website, a new wizzy style – but our core values and promise to our customers remained the same – delivering uptime, all the time!

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17th August 2015
News
dsp supports The Red Rubber Ball Foundation

dsp's MD, Dev Nayak recently completed the Windsor Triathlon in an impressive 2 hours 53 minutes. Today we invite Neil Kirby from the Red Rubber Foundation to write a guest blog to find out how the money raised was spent…

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13th August 2015
Blog
dsp’s Take on The Economic Climate

Our Financial Director Tuhel Alom talks to us about his thoughts on the current economy and what he thinks the future looks like ...

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13th August 2015
Blog
dsp’s one to one with Steve Ballmer – CEO of Microsoft!

Last week dsp were invited to the Worldwide Partner Conference hosted by Microsoft which attracted over 14,000 attendees.

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12th August 2015
Blog
dsp Social and Charity Committee Update – Movember Challenge

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world. With their “Mo’s” men raise vital funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.

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13th August 2015
Blog
dsp Social and Charity Committee – Quiz Night

dsp would like to invite you to our very first charity pub quiz, all in aid of the Red Rubber Ball Foundation Charity.

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12th August 2015
News
dsp’s Microsoft Gold Partner Customer Service Results

As a Microsoft Gold Partner each year we are required to get our customers to fill out a customer satisfaction survey.

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12th August 2015
Blog
dsp’s Database Managed Service versus Yosemite Sam

I know it’s been bugging you – that age old question: what can dsp do that Yosemite Sam can’t do?

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11th August 2015
Blog
dsp Pub Quiz – Great night, great cause, great success

So last night we had our first dsp / Red Rubber Ball Quiz night in our trusty local, the White Swan in Covent Garden. And what a success!

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10th August 2015
Blog
dsp is now working with Investors in People

dsp is now working with Investors in People, a government-backed organisation which helps companies develop their staff's full potential.

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07th August 2015
News
dsp is now a Recognised Azure Circle Partner

dsp are pleased to announce it has been selected to join the Windows Azure Circle Partner program, a group of specialised Microsoft partner organisations that provide deployment planning services for organisations interested in moving to the cloud utilizing Windows Azure.

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06th August 2015
Blog
dsp hope you have a great Bank Holiday!

At dsp we hope you are enjoying the Bank holiday weekend as much as we are, It is nice to have a little break from Microsoft SQL Servers, Oracle Database and E Business Suite.

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05th August 2015
News
dsp has been shortlisted for the UKOUG Partner of the Year Awards

UK Oracle User Group has revealed the shortlisted companies for this year’s Partner of the Year Awards which features 18 award categories.

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10th December 2015
News
dsp Christmas Party 2013! – Awards, Ping pong, Karaoke…

This week dsp had their Christmas Party at the iconic Bounce, Europe’s first ‘Social Ping Pong Club’.

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04th August 2015
Blog
A National Household Charity chooses Azure and dsp for Cloud

dsp are very proud to be partnering with a well-known brand to move them into the Public Cloud for their Enterprise systems.

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03rd August 2015
Blog
Agile Development – A simple explanation from a simple person.

One of Our New Business Development Team talks to us about Agile and his understanding on an area that is fairly new to him …

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31st July 2015
Blog
21st Century Leadership – The Red Rubber Ball

dsp is a strong supporter of the Red Rubber Ball foundation, through our fundraising we have managed to put a young girl in Kenya through her entire secondary education and we have just started our sponsorship of our second child.

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30th July 2015
Blog
The History of Oracle Corporation: 2000 – 2013

This is the second part of our two part blog post on the history of Oracle.

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29th July 2015
Blog
The 10 Rules of IT Project Management

IT projects can take many different guises. They can involve work on IT services or infrastructure, development of applications or websites - or even research into new technologies.

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28th July 2015
Blog
Why IT Failures at Big Companies are Unlikely to Go Away

An interesting article in BBC News Business popped up a few weeks ago with the above title. Go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24962989 for the article

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27th July 2015
Blog
What to consider when costing an IT project!

Any project has a budget associated with it. The budget may or may not be flexible. Although the DBA executing a backup and restore for one of the applications may not be concerned about the cost of consolidation, the lead who is part of the planning must be aware of the impact that decisions play into the cost of not only the project, but also the ownership of the architecture going forward.

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24th July 2015
Blog
What’s the best tech joke ever? Suggestions welcome

It's that time of the week again for a bit of Friday fun. This week we'd like to hear from you - what's your best tech joke?

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23rd July 2015
Blog
What is Agile Development? Here’s a quick guide

Agile Development and Delivery is all about approaching and delivering projects using agile principles and methodology, which are different to traditional methods.

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23rd July 2015
Blog
Underinvestment in IT Can Cause Major Issues – Look at RBS

In the aftermath of RBS system crash on Cyber Monday, which broke the record for the busiest online shopping day, Ross McEwan the boss of the Royal Bank of Scotland group made the astonishing admission that ‘years of underinvestment led to an unacceptable IT crash’.

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22nd July 2015
Blog
The results are in – The cloud just got serious!

Here are the initial results from the poll we are running on LinkedIn… It's interesting to see the impact of cloud on the industry and database community - primarily those that are providing Oracle DBA support and Microsoft SQL Server support.

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21st July 2015
Blog
Our Thoughts on The Oracle Value Chain Summit

On 3rd February thousands gathered at the San Jose McEnergy Convention Center in California for the 2014 Oracle Value Chain Summit which taught lessons on how companies could transform their supply chains into information-driven value chains.

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21st July 2015
Blog
The History of Oracle Corporation: 1977 – 2000

Oracle Corporation has come a long way to become the multinational technology company that it is today.

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20th July 2015
Blog
The Biggest Organisational IT Failures in History

If there's anything that we understand at dsp, it's the importance of uptime. However, over the years there have been some prime examples of massive organisations enduring some costly downtime!

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17th July 2015
Blog
The Best Job in the World – Database Administration! (nearly)

In 2012 a list was drawn up by CNNMoney of the top 100 jobs in the US for opportunities, great pay and outstanding prospects.

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16th July 2015
Blog
The Basics of IT Project Management

The primary focus of any project manager is keeping projects on track, which can be a daily challenge when there are constant requests for change and additions to the project.

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15th July 2015
Blog
The 10 Rules of IT Project Management

IT projects can take many different guises. They can involve work on IT services or infrastructure, development of applications or websites - or even research into new technologies.

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14th July 2015
Blog
Succeeding in the Customer Experience Era

One of our Oracle Consultants is an advocate for customer experience, here are his thoughts on the subject.

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13th July 2015
Blog
Selective Outsourcing – what is it, and why is it here?

Anyone who’s been in the [IT] industry long enough has seen significant change.

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06th January 2015
Blog
Our Best Blog Posts From 2014

The Best Posts From Our Blog in 2014

We hope you have enjoyed reading the content that we’ve shared this year.

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10th July 2015
News
Oracle on Windows Azure – Microsoft team up with Oracle

Recently there has been a lot of talk about Windows Azure and the partnership between Microsoft and Oracle, so we look at the key aspects and what it will mean to the customers…

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09th July 2015
Blog
Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server – Virtualisation versus Consolidation

VMware certainly did shake up the IT industry when they popped up onto the scene. Whilst some may argue that VMware didn’t invent Virtualisation, no one can deny the shift they created in the marketplace.

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08th July 2015
Blog
Not Just For the Office: The Cloud in Different Industries

The Flexibility of Cloud Technology

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07th July 2015
Blog
Mixed Skill Sets: The Key To A Dynamic Team

Keeping Your Organisation Vibrant: Why Build a Team With Mixed Skill Sets?

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06th July 2015
Blog
Metrics-Driven Agile Improvement: Turning Action into Traction

dsp’s Head of Agile, Nils Hagner talks to us about the importance of a Metrics within Agile and how this can boost value to your Agile developments…

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03rd July 2015
Blog
Key benefits and savings with Hypervisors

At dsp we’re always thinking about how to help your business save money and make money, looking at the benefits and savings from technology and what it could mean for you.

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02nd July 2015
Blog
Kanban, Scrum and XP ?! We look at some of the different styles of Agile

Agile Delivery is a collection of methods for software development who share the same underlying principles and philosophy.

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01st July 2015
Blog
Will your Infrastructure Cloud Provider be here in 12 Months?

Fans of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ would probably recognise the saying “It’s happened before; it’ll happen again”. Without giving too much away, in the sci-fi series it relates to a war between man and man-made machines – and how this war eventually repeats itself over thousands of years.

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30th June 2015
Blog
Agile Methodology: Getting It Right

How To Ensure Agile Works For You

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29th June 2015
Blog
The History of Oracle: 1977 – 2000

Oracle Corporation has come a long way to become the multinational technology company that it is today.

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29th June 2015
Blog
Is your CFO not convinced about your IT investment?

One of the most critical stakeholders in any major IT investment, such as Oracle database upgrades, is the CFO. What does it take to convince him/her that the technology decisions you make are essential for the company's success?

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26th June 2015
Blog
A dsp account manager asks “Is the customer always right?”

A great blog from a member of dsp's account management team...

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25th June 2015
Blog
How To Implement A Long Term IT Strategy For Business

Thinking About Flexible & Sustainable IT

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25th June 2015
Blog
How Many Databases does it take to get to work?

One Our Microsoft SQL Server consultants at dsp talks to us about one of his favourite subjects ... Databases

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24th June 2015
Blog
A Brief History of Skype – the peer to peer messaging service

Skype was founded by Estonian developers Zahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu and Jaan Tallinn, Danish developer Janus Friis and Sweden’s Niklas Zennstrom. The foremost voice-over-IP service was launched in August 2003. Skype actually stands for “Sky Peer to Peer.”

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23rd June 2015
News
Enterprise Software will drive growth in 2014 IT Spending

Gartner has released its global projections on IT Spending. Guess what topped the bill? Enterprise Software and Software Services…

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22nd June 2015
Blog
Doing things right – Agile Methodology

Agile methodology goes some way in addressing the challenges businesses present, such as the constant need and requirement for change.

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19th June 2015
Blog
Cost benefits of moving your database to the cloud!

More often than not, dsp are asked about migrating Database and Application infrastructure to the Cloud. Instead of buying hardware, paying for hosting and doing all the infrastructure project and operational work, they want to farm this out to a trusted partner to manage, so they can concentrate all their IT efforts on the business end of IT.

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18th June 2015
Blog
Cloud a step nearer for Retail with PCI Compliance on Azure

Microsoft recently announced that Windows Azure has been issued Payment Card industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) Compliance.

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17th June 2015
Blog
A History of Big Data: Management and Systems

The term "Big Data" has become a fashionable buzzword in the last few years across a number of different industries.

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16th June 2015
Blog
Agile? I live it! – Taking agile and implementing it at home

Modern family life can be busy, trying to manage the comings and goings of a young family is as stressful as a full time job!

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15th June 2015
Blog
A Brief History of Microsoft – The Worlds Biggest Software Company

Microsoft is an American multinational computer technology corporation whose history started 4th April 1975.

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12th June 2015
Blog
5 Key points when writing an IT investment proposal

Today we’re asking Tuhel Alom – our very own FD, what it takes to write a winning technology proposal to ensure your CFO becomes the champion for your technology initiative and not the show stopper.

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11th June 2015
Blog
Your Oracle E-Business Suite R12 Upgrade – Point Upgrades or Big Bang

There are lots of companies that offer a route to a Oracle E-Business Suite R12 upgrade, but have you considered how many upgrade routes there are and how many options you have within a particular upgrade path?

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10th June 2015
Blog
Using Oracle Learning Management To Gain Extra Value From Your E-Business Suite

The Problem
Do you currently have a skilled workforce that works within a highly regulated environment?

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09th June 2015
Blog
Customer User Experience – Core to dsp

I have been involved in numerous discussions with customers who want to improve processes and the common reason is to always automate the process and reduce manual intervention and to reduce costs ultimately. This is all great when finally implemented, but how far do you go to improve a process? Is the process you are improving for Finance and when finally implemented is great for Finance, but a head ache for the employees? This is now becoming a common problem and it is quickly becoming known as the customer user experience.

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08th June 2015
Blog
Top 5 reasons to upgrade to Oracle EBS r12 HCM

Oracle E Business Suite HCM Release 12.1 is designed to help you make better decisions and be more competitive, while lowering costs and increasing performance.

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05th June 2015
Blog
Top 10 tips for user acceptance testing for EBS implementations.

What happens as a result of rushed, incomplete, badly scoped, badly planned testing and User Acceptance Testing (UAT)? We all know the answer to that!

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04th June 2015
Blog
The top three challenges to an EBS upgrade!

If you are planning to upgrade your E-Business Suite to R12, you have to understand the challenges and risks you will have to overcome to avoid any costly errors.

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03rd June 2015
News
dsp named Data Platform, E-business Suite and Managed Services Partner of the Year at UK Oracle User Group Partner of the Year Awards 2014/2015

dsp Tops the Shortlist at the Seventh Annual UK Oracle User Group Partner Awards.

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02nd June 2015
Blog
Oracle E-Business Suite r12 – What is new?

Thinking about upgrading to the latest release of Oracle E-Business Suite, here are some of the new features and enhancements of Oracle EBS r12.

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01st June 2015
Blog
One of our EBS consultants shows us that all customers are valued

One of our EBS consultants shows us that all customers are valued.

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01st June 2015
Blog
Make sure you achieve your goals when upgrading your EBS

Here at dsp, we know how difficult it can be approaching an EBS upgrade. It is important to establish goals and objectives to make sure you get the maximum return on your investment.

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29th May 2015
Blog
How To Integrate an EBS Service Into Your Operation

Oracle E-Business Suite can be immensely complex. Customisations and processes are typically embedded so deeply it is often difficult to see how a Managed Service can integrate into a Financial/HR Applications team.

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28th May 2015
Blog
E-Business Suite Support Timeline – What does it mean?

Last year we saw the release of E-Business Suite 12.2 which came with a host of new features and enhancements which can be seen in our previous blog about EBS R12.

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27th May 2015
Blog
E-Business Suite Release 12.2 – the key facts

Oracle have finally announced general availability of E-Business Suite 12.2, but what does this mean in real terms to our customers already using E-Business Suite, either on prior R12 versions or older R11 versions?

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26th May 2015
Blog
dsp CEMLI – Peace of Mind Upgrading your ERP System

Upgrading your Oracle E-Business Suite system can be a daunting experience depending on the level of customisation.

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25th May 2015
Blog
Convincing Management on a New ERP System

Enterprise resource planning systems (ERP systems), such as Oracle E-Business Suite, have recently become more available and accessible. In the past few years the features have matured, removing the difficulties when selecting software, whilst becoming much easier systems to deploy and use.

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22nd May 2015
Blog
Big Data – what is it, and how is it relevant to E-Business Suite?

Big Data is becoming a widely accepted term in the I.T. industry, but what does it actually mean, and how is it relevant to traditional ERP systems such as E-Business Suite?

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21st May 2015
Blog
Are you SEPA compliant for 1st August deadline day?

With just under 2 weeks to go until the 1st August SEPA Go Live deadline, and keeping in mind the ECB SEPA Statistics for May 2014, there is no doubt that the 6 month deadline extension was absolutely essential.

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20th May 2015
Blog
Are you ready for the next stage for your EBS systems?

As you know from December 31st, 2015, Oracle’s Severity 1 Production Support Exception for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i10 ends.

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19th May 2015
Blog
30% of ERP customisations are redundant!

Recently one of our customers needed to upgrade their E-Business Suite environment to R12.

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18th May 2015
Blog
Why use a Consultancy for Database Consolidation work?

During a recent, short project for one of our clients, a household name in credit cards, the consultant assigned gave me some interesting pointers as to why he was there.

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15th May 2015
News
We need your vote: UKOUG database partner of the year award

UK Oracle User Group has revealed the shortlisted Partners for this year’s Partner of the Year Awards which features Oracle suppliers in a variety of areas.

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14th May 2015
News
We have done it again! The UKOUG Partner of the Year Awards

We are pleased to announce that dsp has been shortlisted for Database Partner of the Year Awards.

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13th May 2015
Blog
Virtualization that addresses application requirements.

Virtualization. Call it the latest buzz word or technology fad but it's having a huge impact on the technology industry as a whole.

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12th May 2015
News
UKOUG database partner of the year 2013 – dsp win gold!

dsp are proud to be named the winner of the ‘Database Partner of the Year Award’ at the sixth annual UK Oracle User Group Partner of the year Awards.

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11th May 2015
Blog
Top 5 benefits of server consolidation

The general reasons for consolidation at any level – increase efficiency, reduction in total cost of ownership via less assets plus simplification of administration – are magnified at the level of Server Consolidation.

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08th May 2015
Blog
Things to consider for a successful database consolidation project

Database consolidation can be a very large and complicated procedure, so one of our database consultants has written a few things to always consider, when planning a successful database consolidation project.

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07th May 2015
Blog
The Top New Features of Oracle 12.1.0.2 by an Oracle Master

Finally Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 is in general availability and available for download and use so we asked dsp's resident Oracle Database Master to give us his thoughts on the latest release and the top new features and improvements.

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06th May 2015
Blog
The differences between Oracle Database 9i, 10g,11g and 12c

With Oracle Database 9i and 10g now both out of support, you should be thinking about an Oracle Database Upgrade to Oracle 11g or 12c?

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05th May 2015
Blog
Protecting Your Database: Proactivity In Security & Backup

Protecting Your Valuable Database

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05th May 2015
Blog
Private Database Cloud – The Next Big Storm?

Everyone knows IaaS, SaaS, PaaS - but is DBaaS the next big storm? Who’s it for, and why would anyone bother?

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04th May 2015
Blog
Oracle Licence woes? Consolidate instead

A little while ago dsp had an inbound enquiry from a major University wanting a second opinion. They had just been audited by an Oracle Partner and were told that if they don’t buy £100k’s worth of licensing, things will get ugly.

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01st May 2015
Blog
Oracle 12c – “we’re all in it together”

Our Oracle Technology Practice Head has very kindly put together some key points about Oracle Database 12c.

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30th April 2015
Blog
Microsoft announce general availability for Oracle on Azure

Oracle’s database and other products pricing will start upon the General Availability (GA) launch on March 12th.

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29th April 2015
Blog
Microsoft and Oracle partnership allows greater choice

Oracle and Microsoft have entered into a new partnership that will help customers embrace cloud computing by providing greater choice and flexibility in deploying Oracle software.

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28th April 2015
Blog
Main concerns for Database administrators

Main concerns for Database administrators, especially for those working with Large and complex databases that are under heavy loads are reliability and performance.

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27th April 2015
Blog
Let’s talk about Oracle Enterprise Manager at Tech14

Our MD Dev Nayak will be hosting an Oracle Enterprise Manager Roundtable so come along and have a chat with him. Here are a few words from Dev...

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24th April 2015
Blog
How to Waste Money on Microsoft and Oracle Database Licensing

Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise Edition costs around 16k. Enterprise Edition of Oracle costs up to 32k.

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23rd April 2015
Blog
How to create an Oracle Database in 6 steps within Azure

Creating an Oracle Database on Windows Azure is really as simple as 6 easy steps and if you are already signed up it is basically 5!

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22nd April 2015
Blog
Getting the best out of your Oracle Database

At dsp we often find that when we are with new customers for the first time we discover that they are suffering from poor database performance or application freezes and usually have concerns over their data backup and recovery.

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22nd April 2015
Blog
Get Better Return from your Oracle Database

At dsp we have found that once people have implemented their Oracle Database other than the day to day monitoring they rarely look at the health of it.

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22nd April 2015
Blog
Entering The Cloud: Approaches To Modernising Your Business

When it comes to updating your companies IT infrastructure, the consequences of getting it wrong can be incredibly serious.

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21st April 2015
Blog
Designing SQL or Oracle Data Platform Architectures – why should I pay for this?

Quite often here at dsp we get confused with being an Infrastructure Provider - to remind you, we are a Managed DBA and Application Provider and Technology Consultancy!!

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20th April 2015
Blog
Are you ready to install 147 Oracle Security Patches?

Oracle have announced they are to release 147 security patches, including 36 for Java – their biggest security patch batch release in a long time.

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17th April 2015
Blog
Writing a SQL Script for “all versions” of SQL

One of our Microsoft SQL Server consultants gives us a handy tip for writing a SQL script for many different versions of SQL Server.

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16th April 2015
Blog
Why you should upgrade SQL or Oracle with Violin Memory Storage

Our Microsoft Practice Head at dsp talks to us about upgrading one of our clients SQL Server 2008r2 environments to SQL Server 2012 using dsp SQL Server Modernisation & Consolidation strategy.

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15th April 2015
Blog
Why a SQL Health check can save thousands (and your job)?

Recently, dsp provided a SQL server Health check to a client that was having some timeout issues with their in house SQL Server. A number of storage experts, networking and VMWare consultants had endeavoured to find the cause of the issue but to no avail.

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14th April 2015
Blog
What is new in Microsoft SQL Server 2014

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 will be with us very shortly and for those who like to know what they could be gaining by upgrading their SQL estate here are a few improvements and features.

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13th April 2015
Blog
What Is Microsoft Azure? An Overview In Plain English

An Overview of Microsoft Azure (Formerly Windows Azure)

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10th April 2015
Blog
Upgrading a Microsoft SQL Server 2008

One of dsp's Microsoft SQL Server DBAs talks to us about upgrading SQL Server 2008 ...

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09th April 2015
Blog
Top 5 things CIOs need to know about database upgrades

Database consolidation and upgrades are often overlooked because it just seems too difficult or expensive. The database layer however, is one area which can deliver significant benefits including license cost savings of upto 80%, as well as greatly reducing administration overhead.

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08th April 2015
Blog
The future of relational database management systems!

One of our Microsoft SQL Server consultants talks to us about the future of database management systems and why we should all be thinking about cloud based technologies and virtualisation.

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07th April 2015
Blog
Tech blog series: SQL Server 2012 on Windows Server Core

Here's another blog from one of our Microsoft SQL Server consultants...

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06th April 2015
Blog
Taking Microsoft SQL Server into the cloud

Taking your data platform into the cloud is probably the next key milestone to ensure you address critical challenges and fuel new business opportunities.

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03rd April 2015
Blog
SQL Tutorial: Working with Apostrophes & Dynamic SQL

Welcome to the first in a series of SQL tutorials. These will build over the coming weeks and months to provide useful tips and tricks direct from our SQL server support team.

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02nd April 2015
Blog
SQL Server Data Migration Backward Compatibility

There may come a situation where by upgrading a SQL Server Database, you would need to roll back and restore that Database to an Instance that is of a lower/previous version.

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01st April 2015
Blog
Microsoft SQL Server consolidation strategy

Reliability and performance are the two main concerns for database administrators, especially those working with large databases that are under continuous heavy load. Virtualization can play a big role in improving reliability for your datacenter.

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31st March 2015
Blog
Microsoft SQL Server Auditing Part II

Here's our second blog from one of our dsp techies...

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30th March 2015
Blog
SQL SERVER 2014: STANDBY SERVERS REQUIRE SOFTWARE ASSURANCE

With the release of SQL Server 2014 one of the first questions that come to mind is licensing. Rather than trying to tackle the whole subject in one go we’ve decided to highlight one of the key changes, which focuses around Enterprise Edition.

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27th March 2015
Blog
SQL Server 2012 Remote Installations With PowerShell

Another great blog from one of our SQL Server Consultants...

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26th March 2015
Blog
SQL Server 2012 – Database Recovery Advisor

There are a number of fantastic enhancements and features available in Microsoft SQL Server 2012, one particular new feature being the Database Recovery Advisor.

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25th March 2015
Blog
Solving a Data Platform problem with an Infrastructure Answer

Recently, a new client gave us some interesting feedback on a few Infrastructure Providers he met during his quest to rationalise his Database estate.

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24th March 2015
Blog
Shifting from Tactical to Strategic Data Tier…

One of our Microsoft SQL Server Consultants talks about how shifting from Tactical to Strategic Data Tier can win over your Finance Director...

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23rd March 2015
Blog
Saving the world – One Database at a time

This is quite a busy period for dsp. This year, having won numerous Oracle Gold awards at the UKOUG, being one of four Microsoft Finalists for their Worldwide Data Platform Partner of the year, means the demands for our services have never been greater.

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20th March 2015
Blog
Performance Tuning a mobile app with some outstanding results!

I had a recent engagement with a well-known house hold supplier. This was my first arranged from start to finish consultancy project, whereby I was the only representative from dsp on the project.

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18th March 2015
Blog
Oracle Builds now for preview on Windows Azure

After the recent announcement from Microsoft and Oracle for support and certification of Oracle on Windows Azure, The first Preview & Full release are now ready to use in the image gallery.

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17th March 2015
Blog
One of our SQL Server DBAs turns Consultant

One of our SQL Server DBA's talks to us about his first project as the sole dsp consultant…

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16th March 2015
Blog
New features of Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 can help you go beyond your database with its cloud ready technology.

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13th March 2015
Blog
MS SQL Server Data Platform Modernisation – Why Bother?

Our Technology Practice has been busy with a number of MS SQL Modernisation Programmes.

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12th March 2015
Blog
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 will reach its End-Of-Life on 14th July 2015

As whole world is getting ready to get migrated from Window XP and 2003 to newer versions (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/lifecycle), windows system administrators are keeping eye on their server as Windows Server 2003 will reach its end of life on 14th July 2015.

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11th March 2015
Blog
Microsoft SQL Server – Partitioning and Compression

I was recently commissioned to complete an archiving project for one of our customers. The customer did not have a SQL Server DBA resource in house to develop the solution, and would need it automated with very little or no administrative intervention. The solution is hosted on a SQL Server 2012 Enterprise instance.

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11th March 2015
Blog
Microsoft Voucher and POC Funding – Go on treat yourself with a Pot of Microsoft’s Money

Organisations that are running SQL Server Estates could be missing out on funding handed out by our good friends at Microsoft.

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10th March 2015
Blog
Microsoft SQL Server: Mission Critical Confidence

A paper released by the National Institute for Standards and Technology on 17/4/2013 called the “Comprehensive Vulnerability Database” certifies that Microsoft SQL Server is no 1 in delivering the most secure software for the data platform.

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09th March 2015
Blog
Microsoft SQL Server Consultant reviews the Windows Surface Pro

Our Microsoft Practice Head - Mark Jones who leads a team of Microsoft SQL Server constultants, recently got a Windows Surface Pro. Here are his thoughts on his latest purchase.

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06th March 2015
Blog
Microsoft SQL Server Auditing: Part I

I’ve been set on an audit project for the next two-three months which, although it is very interesting and allows me to get on with something hands on, comes with a myriad of trials and tribulations.

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05th March 2015
Blog
Microsoft SQL 2014 – What to Expect!

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 is on its way and it is looking very promising. Improvements in SQL 2014 include mission critical performance across all workloads, faster insights from any data and a platform for a hybrid cloud and many more.

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04th March 2015
Blog
Microsoft has announced General Availability of Azure HDInsight.

HDInsight is a Hadoop-based service through Microsoft and Windows Azure, that brings a 100% Apache Hadoop solution to the cloud. HDInsight will allow you to seamlessly process all types of data through Microsoft’s Data Platform, with ease of management.

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03rd March 2015
News
Finalists for the 2014 Microsoft Data Platform Partner of the Year

Microsoft announced today that dsp have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Microsoft data platform of the year award for a record third year running.

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02nd March 2015
Blog
So fast we had to slow down Windows!

One of dsp's Microsoft SQL Server Consultants talks about private cloud implementation…

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27th February 2015
News
dsp Selected as a Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Launch Partner!

dsp have been specially selected by Microsoft as a SQL Server 2014 Launch Partner. We will be running a Workshop with Microsoft exploring the new features SQL Server 2014 and Microsoft Azure and how this changes the rules of the game; bringing enterprise cloud to your data platform.

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26th February 2015
Blog
Don’t just upgrade your Microsoft SQL Server estate, modernise.

'Very thought provoking, thank you very much'. One of the many great comments received from delegates who attended our Microsoft SQL Server 2012 workshop today.

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25th February 2015
Blog
Big Data = Massive Opportunities, find out more here

Crime prediction before it happens. City traders generating exceptional results with maths. Astronomers cataloguing the entire cosmos. All very different goals being achieved using one common source of intelligence - Big data!

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24th February 2015
Blog
Are you fully utilising your Microsoft Enterprise Agreement?

The Enterprise Agreement remains the best Microsoft licensing vehicle for organisations with 250 or more personal computers.

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23rd February 2015
Blog
A Letter to dsp from Microsoft’s Corporate VP Phil Sorgen

dsp received a letter from the Corporate Vice President of the World Wide Partner Group of Microsoft, Phil Sorgen this week, he is one of the top executives globally within Microsoft.

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20th February 2015
Blog
4 myths of moving your SQL Servers to the Cloud

At dsp we’re seeing a surge of enquiries and engagements involving migrations to IaaS or Public Cloud Providers.

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19th February 2015
Blog
Your DBA team deserves a holiday too

Your DBA needs a break, but while they are away can you afford for your data not to be protected?

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18th February 2015
Blog
Work experience with the dsp Managed Services Team

Last month dsp took on a young Computer Science student for work experience. Here is what she had to say about her experience with our Managed Services team...

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17th February 2015
Blog
Why no one really wants to know what the Risks are

Risks in the world of Enterprise IT are always present. As an Application and Database Services Provider, risk is one of the key reasons why we’re in business.

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16th February 2015
Blog
What is a Managed Service? a few Definitions

Here at dsp we often find that many people are unsure as to what exactly is a Managed Service so we have trawled the internet (well Wikipedia) and a few of our staff to give you some definitions of what actually is a Managed Service ...

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13th February 2015
Blog
What does your Database Administrator (DBA) do?

For mid-sized organisations –perhaps between 300 and 3000 computer users, typically a Database Administrator is employed to look after an Oracle or Microsoft SQL Database.

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12th February 2015
Blog
What does a Database Administrator (DBA) actually do?

When faced with smaller organisations where Database Administration is undertaken by an IT ‘generalist’, Infrastructure or Development team, we sometimes get asked “why do I need a DBA?”.

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10th February 2015
Blog
Top 6 reasons why Clients call us for DBA Support

As Oracle Database, E-Business Suite, Microsoft SQL Server specialists and Managed Service providers there are a number of reasons why we get inbound enquiries for our services.

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09th February 2015
Blog
Top 5 reasons you outsource your DBA support

1. Because your DBAs need a holiday too. But not just holidays – they need to be paid a full time salary, all the time, regardless of work fluctuations – wouldn’t it be nice if you could have them on a pay as you go basis and you decide when they can have time off?

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06th February 2015
Blog
Top 10 reasons why you need Oracle Support this summer

We have been thinking a lot at dsp about why should companies have Oracle support this summer.

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05th February 2015
Blog
Time to evaluate your Microsoft or Oracle database estate?

Let's face it - Whether you are looking to upgrade your database environment or evaluate the type of database support you are getting, making a big change is difficult.

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04th February 2015
Blog
The Unknown Benefits of Using a DBA Managed Service

Within an IT department there are lots of areas an IT Director can choose to offload to an external provider. However an area IT Directors often miss is the DBA function, but why?

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03rd February 2015
Blog
The Origin of the Modern Computer Bug

Computer bugs nobody likes, them especially not IT support, but do you know where the term ‘bug’ originates from?

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02nd February 2015
Blog
The Opportunity Cost of using a Managed DBA Service

An interesting area business case writers often miss, especially those in a technical or operational capacity, is Opportunity Cost.

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30th January 2015
Blog
The Key Responsibilities of a Database Administrator

A database administrator's (DBA) primary job is to ensure that data is available, protected from loss and corruption, and easily accessible as needed.

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29th January 2015
Blog
The fine art of being an Invisible DBA Service

One of the challenges we have with operating a DBA Managed Service at dsp is actually perception management.

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29th January 2015
Blog
The Cost benefit of using a Managed DBA Service

An interesting area business case writers often miss, especially those in a technical or operational capacity, is Opportunity Cost.

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28th January 2015
Blog
The Benefits of Outsourcing Consultancy – A Fresh Perspective

In today’s world business owners are constantly searching for ways to be budget conscious and reduce costs; without losing quality.

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27th January 2015
Blog
Oracle or SQL Managed Services – looking at the fears!

One of our Managed Services team at dsp, talks to us about the fears and objections some companies have when considering Data Platform Managed Services...

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26th January 2015
Blog
Oracle & Microsoft data platforms – are they really that different?

Oracle and SQL have done much development to integrate the two systems and alignment has been achieved in regard to hardware, operating systems, database files, database applications; they’re also very similar in terms of day to day management.

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23rd January 2015
Blog
Oracle Managed Services – The Benefits

At dsp, our priority is to keep your business critical databases running efficiently and reliably, 24/7. When systems fail, even for a short time, the effects on business can be extremely damaging. We are here to make sure that doesn't happen.

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22nd January 2015
Blog
Managed Services, Databases and the Cloud

Today ‘cloud’ is the buzz word of choice. “You can put that in the cloud” people tell me…”sign up for our cloud service” I am offered. But what exactly does that mean for the conscientious IT manager and information services director in charge of a database estate?

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21st January 2015
Blog
It wasn’t just your commute that was affected by the tube strikes

Here at dsp when the first set of tubes strikes hit this year only a few of us made it into the office, luckily we are a well prepared company. Using a lot of web based applications and programs so we can all work from home, a coffee shop or even outside if the weather permits.

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20th January 2015
Blog
Incidents logged against Oracle & SQL database systems. Part 3

Here is blog number 3 of 5 written by dsp Managed Services Practice Head - Marcus Cowles. In this series, Marcus will discuss the top incidents logged against database systems.

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20th January 2015
Blog
Incidents logged against Oracle & SQL database systems. Part 1

Here is the first of 5 blogs written by our Managed Services Practice Head - Marcus Cowles. In this series, Marcus will discuss the top incidents logged against database systems.

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19th January 2015
Blog
How to Monitor Oracle or MS SQL Databases

Here at dsp where we manage a lot of Oracle and Microsoft Databases on behalf of our customers. Quite often, when we on-board a new client, we find they have their own Monitoring Platform they use for overall Infrastructure Management.

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15th January 2015
Blog
Four Benefits of Outsourcing Oracle Managed Services

Today, with the explosion of data, companies are supporting more and more databases to meet the growing demands of their business, meaning they can be supporting hundreds if not thousands of databases.

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13th January 2015
Blog
Filling the gaps in an E-Business Suite Operation

Anyone who knows Oracle E-Business Suite will know it’s comes with an overhead. From a support, implementation and operational perspective.

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08th January 2015
Blog
DBA Managed Service versus a hiring a DBA – a cost comparison

Here at dsp we are in the business of managing MS SQL and Oracle Databases – where we are effectively the DBA of well-known and established companies. Our client list is impressive; filled with market leading brands who have decided to share some responsibility for the upkeep of their critical systems.

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17th February 2015
Blog
Filling the gaps in an E-Business Suite Operation

Anyone who knows Oracle E-Business Suite will know it’s comes with an overhead. From a support, implementation and operational perspective.

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17th February 2015
Blog
Every cloud needs a secure lining! …

Managed IT Services, whether on a cloud environment or not, is one of the most critical decisions for an organisation. Watch out for our upcoming research report...

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17th February 2015
Blog
DBA Managed Service versus a hiring a DBA – a cost comparison

With 24*7 availability, you’ll need at least 3 DBA’s. A cheaper way would be to create a rota with 2 DBA’s, however this will not give you true 24*7 support. And when there is an incident, you’ll suffer capacity issues after.

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17th February 2015
Blog
Day in the life of a Managed Services Sales Person

We talk to one of our Managed Services New Business Development Team and ask him what his typical day is like ...

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17th February 2015
Blog
Customer Service at dsp – going above and beyond!

We asked one of our Managed Services DBAs to talk us through a time they have given outstanding customer service at dsp…

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17th February 2015
Blog
Backup failure resolution and on-going maintenance.

Here is the second of 5 blogs written by our Managed Services Practice Head - Marcus Cowles. In this series, Marcus will discuss the top incidents logged against Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server database systems.

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17th February 2015
Blog
Backup failure resolution and on-going maintenance.

Here is the second of 5 blogs written by our Managed Services Practice Head - Marcus Cowles. In this series, Marcus will discuss the top incidents logged against Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server database systems.

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17th February 2015
Blog
Automate the un-automatable in Database Administration

Any IT generalist worth his salt can get Microsoft SQL Server working and everything will seem fine. It's only further down the line that the problems become obtrusive to scalability and expensive to the business.

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17th February 2015
Blog
At what point do I need a DBA for my Microsoft SQL Data Platform?

Any IT generalist worth his salt can get Microsoft SQL Server working and everything will seem fine. It's only further down the line that the problems become obtrusive to scalability and expensive to the business.

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17th February 2015
Blog
Are you constantly trapped in a cycle of recruiting new DBA’s?

Here at dsp we often hear from IT Managers, who are constantly left in the lurch as their in-house DBA moves on after a short amount of time. Often because they get bored or get offered a “more interesting” role elsewhere.

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17th February 2015
Blog
Managed Service Providers – Service Level Gotchas

The market is awash with choice when it comes to Managed Service Providers (MSP's). You can go to a big SI, small specialist firm or resellers or Cloud providers.

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17th February 2015
Blog
Let’s talk about Oracle Enterprise Manager at Tech14

Our MD Dev Nayak will be hosting an Oracle Enterprise Manager Roundtable so come along and have a chat with him. Here are a few words from Dev...

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17th February 2015
News
dsp Tops the Shortlist at the Seventh Annual UK Oracle User Group Partner Awards

The term ‘agile development’ has become something of a buzzword in the IT industry in the last decade. It refers to a new method of IT development distinct from the traditional approach through its lack of structure and its focus on people rather than processes.

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17th February 2015
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10 Important Principles of Agile Development Methodology

The term ‘agile development’ has become something of a buzzword in the IT industry in the last decade. It refers to a new method of IT development distinct from the traditional approach through its lack of structure and its focus on people rather than processes.

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15th January 2016
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The differences between Oracle Database 9i, 10g,11g and 12c

With Oracle Database 9i and 10g now both out of support, you should be thinking about an Oracle Database Upgrade to Oracle 11g or 12c?

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dsp drives up its share of the Database MSP Market with
record contract growth and 2nd acquisition

DSP firmly established itself as one of the UK’s fastest growing proactive Database MSPs during 2016, signing £2.1m of new contracts and making its second acquisition, the Oracle DBA support division of IT Services provider ITSB.

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Applications on Oracle Database Appliance (ODA)

A main goal... how to future proof your applications environment through Oracle while becoming more efficient in terms of costs and productivity.

As well as the option of developing the fundamental steps you need to take to get ...

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How can you regularly benchmark your database and application infrastructure against real-life? Why would you want to?

In the age of big data, public cloud, private cloud it’s easy to be pushed into constantly thinking about the future... What should you optimise though and how can you be sure it’ll make a difference? Would knowing it could give you a competitive edge be worth considering?

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