Essential differences for health-based apps: HealthKit and Google Fit
13 Jan 2016

Are you considering having an app tracker built for fitness and health purposes in both iOS and Android? Today we will look at how these ideas can be implemented using two available frameworks. With the rise of health awareness, application developers are constantly finding new and innovative ways to satisfy the growing demand for health standards. An active role in promoting such movements is played by two giants, Apple and Google, who developed their frameworks known as HealthKit and Google Fit, respectively. These services play very similar roles, acting as health data ecosystems; however, as we will learn, their strategies differ in numer...

Augmented reality in applications
13 Jan 2016

Are you interested in implementing augmented reality in your app and weighing the pros and cons? Today, we will look at how beneficial it could be to add this technology to your existing or future apps and if it’s worth it. Augmented reality (AR) blurs the line between virtual and real environments—it is a technology designed to enrich the user’s perception of the real world with virtual and digital information. Current and future prospects of AR To comprehend how relevant this technology is in our lives, let’s take a short look at how it fared in the past. While the term was suggested decades ago, the public interest for the technolo...

DB Best to be showcased as a key SQL Server upgrade partner by Microsoft
23 Dec 2015

We are excited to announce that Microsoft has selected us as one of the elite partners that they will feature on their SQL Server EOS website. We are honored to be recognized for our efforts in assisting other organizations upgrade Microsoft SQL Server so that they can use all of the exciting features that have been added over the past 11 years. We look forward to continuing these essential efforts into the next year and beyond!...

SQL Server Performance Tuning: Controlling Parallelism Webcast
03 Aug 2015

Free Webcast Join Robert L Davis, Principal Database Architect at DB Best Technologies, for a free webcast through MSSQLTips.com on Thursday, August 13, 2015. Robert will be presenting SQL Server Performance Tuning: Controlling Parallelism. Webcast description: Parallelism seems like it should be one of those things that the query engine takes care of for us, but it does require some care and tending from time to time. The default server configurations are no longer adequate for controlling parallelism, and DBAs need to know how to tweak the settings to make it run optimally. When parallelism goes awry, it can cause severe performance problem...

Making Sense of Replication Errors in Replication Monitor
12 May 2015

This post is participating in T-SQL Tuesday #66 which focuses on monitoring for the month of May. This month’s gracious host is Catherine Wilhelmsen (blog|@cathrinew). For our part in this blog event, I am going to focus on how to interpret and understand the errors from SQL Server’s built-in monitoring tools Replication Monitor. If you’ve ever had to deal with errors in Replication Monitor, your first experiences with it probably involved confusion. Sometimes the error messages are too generic and do not help you find a resolution. Replication Monitor also tells you the command that failed. This clears up everything, right?...

Tips for SQL Server Professionals Making Their First Public Presentation
11 May 2015

Making Your First Presentation DB Best Technologies will be out in force at SQLSaturday #393 in Redmond, WA on Saturday, May 16 2015. I will be joined by fellow Certified Master Dandy Weyn (blog|@ILikeSQL). Dandy will be presenting Power BI – getting it right – a full walkthrough, and I will be presenting Diagnosing Performance with Wait Statistics. If you want to talk to us outside of our sessions, drop by the DB Best booth and say hello or ask a question. For me, this will be a return to the site of the very first public SQL presentation I ever gave. SQLSaturday #26 was the first ever SQLSaturday in Redmond, and I presented on u...

PATCHING MASTER DATA SERVICES
Patching Master Data Services
27 Apr 2015

Patching SQL Server I recently installed my first deployment of Master Data Services (MDS). I installed the SQL Server 2014 (Enterprise Edition) MDS front-end on a new server with the intent to use an existing SQL Server 2014 (Enterprise Edition) database engine for the back-end. Unsurprisingly, I ran into some issues, and as luck would have it, they were not all well documented. I found some help online in places like Microsoft Connect and the TechNet Forums, but much of what I found was only partially complete. So why am I talking about installation issues in a blog post on patching MDS? As Einstein would say, it’s all relative. Many ...

New SSMA 6.0 Detailed Technical Whitepapers
24 Apr 2015

SQL Server Migration Assistant 6.0 We are pleased to announce that Microsoft has published 4 new comprehensive guides for migrating to SQL Server 2014. SSMA 6.0 Detailed Technical White Papers: Guide to Migrating from Oracle to SQL Server 2014 and Azure SQL Database Guide to Migrating from Sybase ASE to SQL Server 2014 and Azure SQL DB Guide to Migrating from MySQL to SQL Server 2014 and Azure SQL DB Guide to Migrating from DB2 to SQL Server 2014 and Azure SQL DB  ...

News from our R&D Lab: Sony SmartWatch App & SDK
27 Jan 2015

As the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2015) has demonstrated, 2015 will be a year of wearables. The amount of manufacturers who are entering this market is enormous and keeps growing. The public awareness and consumer demand for smartwatches and other wearable gadgets is booming, and as Shawn DuBravac, a chief economist with the U.S. Consumer Electronics Association, has stated:  10.5 million smartwatches would be shipped this year in the U.S. only. Smart devices is THE trend today in a variety of industries starting from healthcare and fitness, and ending with automotive and finance. Modern smartwatches, for instance, allow users to ...

Portfolio Spotlight: Epic Ball Wars. Try to defeat the enemy!
27 Jan 2015

DB Best is happy to share some awesome news for all mobile gamers and those who would like to bring some fun and excitement to their lives! Get ready to aim and fire as our Custom Dev Team has recently created the Epic Ball Wars – a super captivating and challenging cross-platform shooter-game! (more…)...