IDC survey guides on Sybase, ASE and SAP Business Suite

    By: Mr. Adrian Bridgwater on Dec 07, 2012

    Everybody loves a professionally presented technology survey and IDC’s latest offering is a case in point as it is aligned towards Sybase, ASE and SAP Business Suite.

    Calculating the True Cost of RDBMS Ownership and How Sybase ASE Stacks Up: A Guide For SAP Business Suite is available online here and is presented with the conclusion that SAP-Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) has the lowest total cost of ownership compared to other available relational database management systems (RDBMS) on the market today.

    How IDC surveyed

    IDC identified, screened and qualified multiple end-user organizations and used the experiences of these organizations as a representative model of the true costs to purchase, deploy, and manage a variety of RDBMS platforms over a five-year period.

    According to the survey, “Any list of alternative RDBMS products, especially if the database application is SAP Business Suite, the enterprise resource planning  (ERP) application from SAP, and a collection of several applications should include Sybase ASE”.

    The study also showed SAP-Sybase (as we should now refer to the technology) in fact demands 27% less IT staff in order to manage ASE compared to other RDBMS.

    Much of this staff time measurement is of course down to provisioning – and provisioning can of course be (one of) the most time consuming tasks requiring numerous IT teams working in unison to correctly configure a database server.

    This provisioning requirement means that sometimes some departments will need to wait weeks or even months before their requests have been satisfied… 

    Enter VMware…

    It is at this point that we can also point to VMware blog by Avi Nayak who writes that with VMware vFabric Data Director, provisioning can be a self-service operation. “The DBAs set up database templates and associates role-base permissions for use with these templates, as well as setting resource allocation to specific organizations.  Then users simply go through a self-service wizard to create a database, which meets their requirements.”

    “It won’t be long before our customers can take advantage of these capabilities. VMware and SAP-Sybase are working together on an ASE plug-in for vFabric Data Director which will be out by the end of the year,” he adds.

    The IDC whitepaper concludes with the below statement:

    “Most database application users fail to take into account all the cost factors involved in running a given RDBMS. In particular, they tend not to consider costs over time, they tend to underestimate staff time issues, and they fail to calculate opportunity costs resulting from  poor performance, lack of availability, or inflexibility of the database in responding to the business needs of the enterprise. They also tend to stick with one brand over time, without ever revisiting that choice based on evolving requirements and costs, even for RDBMS-independent database applications such as those of SAP.”

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    Released: December 7, 2012, 7:23 am | Updated: March 22, 2014, 2:38 pm
    Keywords: ASE News | ASE

    Avinash Kothare Comment on IDC survey
    By: Avinash Kothare | Posted: December 12, 2012, 11:05 am

    Noted that the IDC survey is

    - one year old (Dec 2011)  and

    - sponsored by Sybase :-)






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