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Introducing the SSMA Support offer
We fully understand and recognize the challenges associated with a database migration project – which is why we’d like to help! With our special SSMA Support offer, we can guide you through the DB Best 12-step migration process. We’re offering a convenient 40-hour package where we will assist you with any aspect of a migration project. You’ll have 40 hours of expert-level assistance in any area of database migrations.
DB Best developed a state-of-the-art database migration technology, which was subsequently acquired by the Microsoft SQL Server group in 2005, becoming the foundation for the Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) product line. SSMA is free and can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center. Our experience includes all major databases, such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, Access, MySQL, and IBM DB2. Over the years, we’ve helped hundreds of our customers create cost-effective solutions for modernizing and migrating their applications to the Microsoft platform.
DB Best helped Microsoft maintain SSMA, and has provided support for the tool over the years. Our DB Best DBAs have seen it all using SSMA to help customers migrate to Microsoft SQL Server from Oracle, IBM DB2, Sybase ASE, Microsoft Access and MySQL databases. There isn’t always a direct translation of DB objects that SSMA can produce, our team can implement workarounds to ensure converted code works correctly in SQL Server.
Here are some examples of where we can assist you during data migrations.
SSMA Tool support
Does your migration team need a crash course on SSMA to learn about all of its featured offers? Whether your team needs assistance understanding SSMA’s assessment reports, using the console option, configuring command line options, or utilizing the testing tools, we will provide top-level help within our service level agreement.
Migrating schema objects
While SSMA does automatically convert all database objects it recognizes, there are some objects which may be too ambiguous for SSMA to handle. However, as authors of SSMA, we have the knowledge to fully recognize the issues, and how to manually convert the code for use in SQL Server. We can also assist your teams in understanding the assessment reports SSMA generates with greater accuracy.
SSMA provides data migration capabilities for relatively small databases. As you move into deployment stages from your migration project, you may need to explore other data migration strategies due to larger databases and data synchronization needs. To help develop migration strategies and custom data movement scripts, our team uses popular data integration tools to ensure integrity throughout the project. We’ve also created powerful tools such as MySQLMigrator, DB2Migrator, OraMigrator, and Database Compare Suite which can be purchased to optimize data migrations to SQL Server.
Application code conversion
SSMA only converts the code in the database or in ad hoc statements using the SSMA console. SSMA has no ability to extract SQL statements and procedure calls made by application code which interacts with the target database. To work around this, DB Best has a toolkit we’ve developed over the years to identify and fix application code for use in SQL Server databases. For example, if your team is looking to migrate your application’s front end from Oracle Forms to Web Applications, we have strategies to guide you through the process.
Migration conversion testing
After code conversion with SSMA, functional testing becomes the priority, accounting for about 30% of the migration effort. Our in-house tools and frameworks will expedite the database migration testing process.
In order to emulate the same features in SQL Server, SSMA uses a migration extension package for the source databases. In most situations, our team can increase performance by interpreting the source object intent, and then replicating the same functionality using native features of SQL Server.
Architectural design and product guidance
Accounting for about 14% of the migration effort is the process of database schema conversion. Our team will help your team evaluate your existing databases, applications, and database infrastructure in order to develop a robust future state architecture. From that point on, we can assist your team developing project plans using our 12-step migration methodology, ensuring success.
Sharing our experiences with you
As the original developers of SSMA and the Microsoft Gold Partner in multiple competencies, we have performed hundreds of database migrations using the Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) over the years. We’ve seen it all with our customers, and we know how to overcome any of the issues that occur during the database migration with SSMA. We’ve got a number of best practices and workarounds that will help make your database migration project quick and successful. We share this useful information through our blogs.
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