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SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise: The Core, Strategic Foundation to Your SAP Business Suite Investment

by Terry Orsborn | SAPinsider

October 1, 2012

The goal of forward-thinking IT management should be to derive maximum performance, flexibility, and value from a database investment — and devote the resulting savings to core competencies. In this article, you’ll learn why, for SAP Business Suite users, SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE) is the database platform best-optimized to meet these needs.
 

Organizations across the globe continue to turn to SAP Business Suite and its collection of flexible, integrated applications to help drive efficiency across mission-critical processes. Businesses need enhanced visibility, deeper insight, and improved decision making to maintain competitive advantages, and SAP Business Suite fulfills these requirements and more.

However, many people tend to overlook the fact that each application that comprises SAP Business Suite relies heavily on the underlying relational database management system (RDBMS). The RDBMS is a core strategic asset, so careful planning of its initial rollout and its ongoing maintenance is critical. This is especially true for IT leaders tasked with finding ways to overcome or eliminate costs and complexities.

Money spent on administering a database infrastructure and mitigating maintenance costs means less money is available for innovation and future development. And ballooning workloads and data volumes add even more to the resource till. Thus, the goal of forward-thinking IT management should be to derive maximum performance, flexibility, and value from a database investment — and devote the resulting savings to core competencies. For SAP Business Suite users, SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE) is the database platform best optimized to meet these needs.

Simplify Maintenance Processes

Running SAP Business Suite on the SAP Sybase ASE platform simplifies maintenance processes to save IT time and free them up for other projects. According to an IDC study, organizations required 27% fewer IT staff resources when running SAP Sybase ASE, and experienced 33% staff time savings for maintenance, patching, and upgrade processes (see Figure 1).1

By running SAP Business Suite on the SAP Sybase ASE platform, IT departments save time and resources
Figure 1 By running SAP Business Suite on the SAP Sybase ASE platform, IT departments save time and resources when performing a number of key tasks

In addition, companies running SAP Business Suite on the SAP Sybase ASE platform can use the DBA cockpit to provide a single user interface for managing the combined technology offering. This tool supplies comprehensive functionality that covers all aspects of overseeing a mission-critical database, including database history and activity, system load, space usage and availability, planned jobs and processes, and automatic table maintenance. Also, since the DBA cockpit provides an easy-to-use interface to monitor database health, administrators are no longer forced to spend their work days learning tools and commands.

Shrink Overall Expenses

When companies spend less on database upkeep, more money is available for innovation-focused development. SAP Sybase ASE is designed to keep costs low and help temper long-term recurring costs after the initial purchase. These savings can then be diverted to other projects.

Organizations that participated in a recent IDC study could potentially save an average of US$139,000 over a five-year period by increasing reliance on the SAP Sybase ASE database platform.2 In addition, Bloor Research reports that, when compared to a competitor’s database product, 75% of respondents found that SAP Sybase ASE license fees were less expensive, and 78% found support costs were less expensive as well.3 According to Bloor Research, notable SAP Sybase ASE advantages include relatively inexpensive licensing, administration, and support; dramatic administrative labor savings, with as much as a 2:1 improvement; superior reliability and fault recovery capabilities; more robust security that requires less administrative efforts; and an easier learning curve with fewer training demands.

Choose One Vendor to Ensure Dedicated Support

Relying on multiple vendors for application and infrastructure increases complexity, which inevitably swells costs that could otherwise be used for innovation. Turning to SAP for both of these key technologies means that your enterprise can count on a single trusted advisor to provide a complete solution. This eliminates the finger-pointing that can plague multi-vendor implementations. It also results in more streamlined systems and database administration, with problems resolved more quickly since the database and application development teams are part of the same organization.

In terms of everyday, ongoing administrative responsibilities, for instance, enterprises profit from SAP’s integrated engineering roadmap and product life cycle, which allows them to avoid unnecessary upgrades. Customers can also more easily incorporate additional SAP products, such as those that enable high availability, data replication, and modeling.

Also, to help companies transition smoothly from their existing database platform to SAP Sybase ASE, SAP offers rapid database migration. This offering combines software and professional services to enable organizations to get up and running as quickly as possible so they can see the maximum benefits.   

Focus on What Matters

The database is a critical, but often overlooked factor in the overall process of deploying an enterprise-grade application like SAP Business Suite. Enterprises that implement SAP Sybase ASE together with the SAP Business Suite will benefit from simplified maintenance and upkeep, as well as reliable support from SAP. This can mean major time and cost savings for a company, so you can concentrate on what matters most — innovation for future growth. To learn more, visit www.sap.com/ase.  

Terry Orsborn (terry.orsborn@sap.com) is a Senior Marketing Manager at SAP, where she directs product marketing for SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE). She develops the marketing strategy and manages programs to drive awareness and demand in the marketplace. Terry is currently leading the product marketing efforts for SAP Business Suite on SAP Sybase ASE, including go-to-market strategy, field enablement, marketing campaigns, and demand-generation programs.

1. IDC white paper sponsored by Sybase, “Calculating the True Cost of RDBMS Ownership and How Sybase ASE Stacks Up: A Guide for SAP Business Users” (December 2011; www.sybase.com/files/White_Papers/Sybase_IDC_Calculating_the_true_cost_of_RDBMS.pdf). [back]

2. See footnote 1. [back]

3. Bloor Research, “Sybase ASE Total Cost of Ownership: A Comparison to Oracle” (September 2011; www.sybase.com/files/White_Papers/SYBASE_ASE_Bloor_Research_TCO_vs_Oracle.pdf). [back]

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