For example, SQL Server instances and databases using less than 30% of their hardware's processor, memory and disk space are excellent candidates for consolidation.With numerous options available, organizations can choose a consolidation approach that aligns with their business model and day-to-day operations.
These databases are increasingly supporting distributed database architecture that provides high availability and fault tolerance through replication and scale out ability.
To further increase top-line revenue, many companies will open new office locations and embrace additional sales channels resulting in more sophisticated processes for ecommerce integration, recurring billing, financial consolidation, amongst others.
Additional business software to support these processes can take the form of standalone applications from different vendors, homegrown applications, or a variety of spreadsheet workarounds.
As a consequence, various disparate applications are installed at different points in time in various functional areas, resulting in business process inefficiencies and software integration challenges.
But how did these problems arise in the first place, and how can they be avoided?