In today's hyper competitive business environment, business success hinges on the ready availability of accurate and timely information derived from corporate information assets. The mission-critical data from which that information is derived predominately resides in relational database systems distributed across the organization, in it's departments and corporate data centers. To improve competitiveness it is often necessary to upgrade legacy systems to newer technologies to achieve more flexible use of the data, or better performance or reliability. In addition, as IT costs increase and budgets are tightened, consolidation of systems is often seen as a way both to improve operational efficiency and to significantly reduce the total cost of ownership of the various hardware and software platforms.
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