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Event Open Infrastructure Day – 13.09.17 – Basel

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Open Infrastructure Day

13.09.17 in Basel

Are you ready to open your infrastructure? Open Source technologies get adapted rapidly nowadays, not only on the operating system level, but also at the deployment, monitoring, validation, virtualization and data management levels. Enterprises refuse more and more to be dependent on proprietary products and this is not only a matter of costs. Adaptations need to be implemented rapidly in today’s infrastructures. “Change” is the only constant and changes are coming faster and faster. We believe that you can only ride that horse and be prepared for the future by adapting open standards and open products.

This event will present you some selected open source products and best practices you will be able to discover through two simultaneous streams.

  Stream 1 Stream 2
08.00 Coffee
08.30 GLOBAL (Stream 1+2): dbi services and its commitment in the open source area                                                                                        David Hueber / Hervé Schweitzer ¦ in German
08.45 dbi DBaaS with Openstack                           Soufiane Benmalek ¦ in Englisch
Monitor and analyze your infrastructure with the Elastic stack               Arnaud Berbier ¦ in English
09.30 Break
10.00 Scaling MariaDB with Galera Cluster and Docker          William Sescu ¦ in German
Automate, control and validate your infrastructure with Ansible        Natascha Karfich ¦ in German
10.45 The elephant in the enterprise – Best practices                     Daniel Westermann ¦ in German
Introduction to Big Data                                                                           Mehdi Bada ¦ in English
11.30 GLOBAL (Stream 1+2): dbi OpenDB Appliance – Open databases made easy                                                                                                    Daniel Westermann ¦ in German
12.15 Lunch
Session descriptions

Stream 1

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Stream 2

dbi DBaaS with Openstack

Flexibility becomes a daily challenge! Application owners, developers or project members need more and more regularly and on-demand databases provisioning. Cloud architectures are a great solution in such cases. Using OpenStack to build up a cloud is a fantastic alternative to build on. Unfortunately it does not come with an “out-of-the-box” DBaaS solution. Building a DBaaS for OpenStack is just a matter of combining the right tools for the given requirements. In this session, we will present the tools we use to build up the dbi DBaaS, our service to easily provision instances and databases.

Scaling MariaDB with Galera Cluster and Docker

What if you could vertically scale a MariaDB Galera cluster staring up some more Docker containers with just single click? Either your workload increases or you hired additional developers which require more resources on the development cluster? By combining MariaDB, Galera Cluster and Docker in an easy to manage way you can adapt to changing workloads easily. Come in and attend the demo.

The elephant in the enterprise - Best practices

PostgreSQL gains more and more attraction in the database market. Companies with workloads of all sizes (small, medium, large and very large) either consider moving to PostgreSQL or did it already. Being a pure community project PostgreSQL attracts many companies because they can deploy it where ever they want without worrying about license costs. In this session we’ll look at the features that make PostgreSQL the ideal choice for enterprises of any size, no matter if it is about data in the gigabyte or terrabyte range. Applying the right best practices right from the beginning will give you freedom tomorrow.

Monitor and analyze your infrastructure with the Elastic stack

Analyzing log files of a single server or database does not give you the overall picture of what is going on in your infrastructure. But how can you tell then where the issue really is or even better how can you avoid issues before they happen? Using the Elastic Stack you can aggregate all your log files into one common location and then build dashboards which graphically present potential bottle necks, issues and trends. By defining alerts which fire on anomalies or specific log events you can save yourself a lot of work in troubeshooting. Sounds interesting?

Automate, control and validate your infrastructure with Ansible

Do you know how many servers (physical,virtual or even in the cloud) your infrastructure consists of? How do you control them and how do you make sure that all servers and the software running on top of them are in exactly the state they should be? Are you aware if someone changed something on one of the servers? Say welcome to Ansible. Ansible is a agent less “automation for everyone” solution based on ssh and Python which gives you back control over your infrastructure. No matter if you want to deploy applications on several servers in exactly the same way or if you want to validate your infrastructure against your requirements. Ansible is there to assist you and by joining this session you’ll learn about Ansible’s architecture, use cases and best practices.

An introduction to Big Data

Everybody is talking about Big Data these days and you wonder what this really is all about? What are the use cases for Big Data and what tools are around which can work with massive amounts of data? This session will introduce you into the world of the bits and bytes that want to get analyzed and correlated. After joining this session you should have a much clearer picture on what Big Data is and where it makes sense to use it.

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Event Big Data

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Event Big Data: Getting the maximum value out of your data

13.09.17 in Basel (in English)

The world of data is evolving faster and faster. New concepts and technologies are emerging every day. Big Data is now getting a major role in the way the data is designed. In the first session, we are going to describe Big Data and how to implement Big Data use cases. In a second session, our experts will demonstrate with an insurance business case how the usage of open data combined with Big Data technologies can help to analyze driver profiles in terms of risks. Finally, Oracle as a Partner of dbi services will introduce the new Oracle Big Data Appliance as a possible all-in-one solution.


Introduction to Big Data

Presented by

  • Mehdi Bada, Consultant at dbi services
  • Eric Duquesnoy, Consultant at dbi services

This introduction to Big Data concepts and technologies will help you to understand what is meant with “Big Data” and how use cases can be implemented. Our experts will show you how Big Data evolved during the last years by comparing the “old and new model” of data management. This first session will provide you an insight about what it needs to set up a Big Data architecture that works properly (i.e. with Cloudera, Oracle and Microsoft)

Big Data in insurances

Presented by

  • Mehdi Bada, Consultant at dbi services

With the idea of how to generate new business models, our experts will demonstrate how Big Data can support insurances by assessing the risks related to drivers’ behavior: a particularly sensitive topic for the insurance industry and its customers. Based on the Cloudera distribution, our experts will present you a specific Big Data architecture that helps to collect structured and non-structured data including internal and external data as open data.

Oracle Big Data Appliance

Presented by

  • Alexandru Dimofte (Oracle Big Data Sales Consultant – Big Data and Analytics)

As Big Data is maturing into a key component of the enterprise data management system, the focus shifts from demos and proof of concepts to full scale production deployments that are performant, secure, easy to integrate but also to manage. In this session, we will discuss about the advantages of Engineered vs DIY for Big Data Systems and what this means in terms of Time-to-Value, Risk, Operating Costs and Manageability.



Place:    Basel

Date:     13.09.2017

Time:    13.30 – 16.30

Price:    CHF 0.-


12:30-13:30                                                                                                                                                  Lunch (please inform us)

13:30-13:45                                                           Welcome speech

13:45-14:30                                                         Introduction to Big Data

14:30-15:15                                                   Big Data in insurances

15:15-15:30                                                        Coffee break

15:30-16:15                                                         Oracle Big Data Appliance

16:15-16:30                                                                                                                                             Questions / Answers


CP Great Place to Work

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Great Place to Work

dbi services ranks in 7th place among Swiss companies “where it’s great to work” in the category “20-49 employees”

Gregory Steulet (CFO) and Magali Blenner (HR manager)

Among the companies which took part in the Great Place to Work survey, dbi services gets a score of 91%, higher than the Swiss average of 88% for small companies and the Swiss average for all companies regardless of size, which is 86%.

Delémont, 10.05.2017 – Software company dbi services has been named 7th best company “where it’s great to work” in Switzerland in the category with 20-49 employees. Among the companies which took part in the Great Place to Work survey, dbi services gets a score of 91%, higher than the Swiss average for small companies (88%) and the Swiss average for all companies regardless of size (86%). The prizes were awarded at the end of a poll of 15,000 employees in Swiss companies which took part in the survey.

Last year, HR managers at dbi services decided to take part in the Great Place to Work programme. They explain that behind the challenge there is, above all, a desire to improve – they are aware that there are still some areas the company could do better in.

“Every year, dbi services asks its employees to take certification tests in order to maintain and improve their levels of knowledge. We can only justify having these expectations of our employees if dbi services itself is able to respond to similar expectations. Through the opinions of our employees, Great Place to Work provides confirmation of the excellence of the company they work in, which is seeking constantly to improve”, says Grégory Steulet, Chief Financial Officer of dbi services.


For Great Place to Work, trust is the main indicator

According to Great Place to Work, the most telling sign that employees feel good in the company they work for is their level of trust in their employers. The greater the trust, the more the company will be able to improve its results, because cooperation and innovation depend on it. This applies to any company, regardless of culture, industry, size, or age of employees. To gauge the level of trust employees feel for their employer, they are asked questions about credibility (internal communication, skills, integrity), respect (support, cooperation) and equality (equity, impartiality, fairness) in the company. Employees’ pride in their job and camaraderie in the company are two more indicators in the general ranking.


All-pervading values which drive the company forward

“dbi services was set up 7 years ago with 9 members of staff. During the company’s first few months of existence, we had to deal with challenges on a daily basis. This created not only a real team spirit, but also really motivated and brought our employees together. This is how our company values were born, and they have stayed with us through the years at dbi services”, says Magali Blenner, HR manager at dbi services.

“Company values are hardwired into our DNA, and are what has given dbi services the reputation it enjoys today. They play a part in our employees’ satisfaction, make potential employees passionate about joining us, and sustain the trust that our customers have in us year after year. These values form part of a sustainable development policy that enables dbi services to look forward to a future which looks extremely bright”, states Grégory Steulet, Chief Financial Officer of dbi services.


Nurturing a spirit of camaraderie

Ever since dbi services was set up, its managers have given special consideration to the atmosphere among its employees.

“Promoting a spirit of camaraderie and conviviality is essential for motivating employees. This is something we want to keep in place and nurture at all costs”. So says Magali Blenner, HR manager at dbi services.

Each year dbi services organises a number of events, among them the Summer and Winter Events, which employees and their families are invited to attend. In addition to these, dbi services xChange in-house events take place twice a year. Their purpose is to enable experts in dbi services to share their work and knowledge with colleagues and spend enjoyable time with them.


Preparing for the future

With a view to meeting employee expectations better still, and continuing to be a company “where it’s great to work”, dbi services set up some working groups once survey results were known. The focus will be on internal communication through the implementation of specific tools, being socially and environmentally responsible and, ultimately, thinking about employees who work from home. This will be a real challenge for the company, given that keeping the team spirit alive must remain one of its driving forces.

At the end of 2017, dbi services wishes to take part in Great Place to Work again. The company delights in the fact that this time round, due to its constant growth, it will be competing in the category with 50 – 249 employees.

Articles published in German


Articles published in French


Press release – May 2017

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dbi services announces a record year in 2016, the company restructures with David Hueber as new CEO, and Yann Neuhaus as Chairman of the Board and head of the sales team.

From the left to the right: Yann Neuhaus and David Hueber

2016 was a record year for dbi services, with an increase in turnover of more than 33%. The start-up company confirms its strong foothold among major IT stakeholders in Switzerland. It is adjusting its structure to prepare for the future and set its sights beyond national borders even more strongly.

Delémont, 28/04/2017. In a rapidly-changing market, you have to ask yourself the right questions and build a long-term strategy to anticipate future challenges. dbi offers services based on innovative solutions thanks to the cutting-edge skills of its expert team. These kinds of skills are acquired, built up and kept in place through experience, but equally through company commitment. One of the challenges for dbi services is to recognise trends in technology early enough to allow its experts to keep pace constantly with market expectations. Increasing its visibility is another challenge that dbi services likewise wishes to take on, through more personalised representation and more finely tuned sales activity. Company strategy and sales must be considered as two tasks and functions – Chairman of the Board and Chief Sales Officer – that current dbi services CEO Yann Neuhaus has decided to see through.

“The management of dbi services has thought long and hard about this decision. To tell the truth, we have been preparing for 2 years now. We have just been waiting for dbi services to reach sufficient maturity. Now, this restructuring makes perfect sense. I’m really enthusiastic about taking on the new responsibilities I have been entrusted with, because the future of dbi services is something I really care about”, says Yann Neuhaus.

Current Chief Operations Officer (COO) David Hueber will take over as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Energetic, skilled and good at listening to colleagues, he will be able to hold course just as well as his predecessor.

“His technical expertise, his interpersonal skills, his great ability to explain things simply, and his natural leadership will make him a superb CEO”, says Yann Neuhaus.

As far as figures go, 2016 was a highly successful year for dbi services. Its gross turnover came in at 8.44 million Swiss francs, an increase of 33% on 2015 figures. This growth is principally due to development of facilities management contract sales (+35%) and consultancy services (+29%).

Staff numbers are following suit, with 51 members in the dbi services team at the close of 2016 and plans for further expansion in the first quarter of 2017. This general expansion is partly explained by strong development of the Zurich branch, which has been able to carve itself a place in a very competitive market. And in addition, new partnerships with OpenText eDOCS, Cloudera and Attunity have boosted the services offered by the software company.

“We are offering more cutting-edge services now than ever before. Whether responding to requirements for document management systems, Big Data and Business Intelligence platforms, or simply data access, we offer our customers solutions by having qualified experts who can put them in place.” So says David Hueber, new CEO of dbi services.


About dbi services

At dbi services, 53 committed team members, who are experienced and passionate, share a common mission: to design, create and operate state-of-the-art IT infrastructure so that companies can focus on the heart of their mission. Thanks to its high-performance team, dbi services has garnered the trust of over 150 customers in Switzerland as well as in France and Germany.

With a gross turnover of over 8.4 million Swiss francs, our clients are SMEs as well as multinationals from diverse fields such as pharmaceuticals, watchmaking, logistics, banking and insurance, healthcare and government administration. They value the quality and the wide range of services we provide, spanning from infrastructure databases to middleware and operating systems. Our clients trust us with IT architecture projects, high availability, migration, standardisation and integration of applications as well as cloudcomputing, capacity management, feasibility studies and security and performance audits. dbi services clients also feel reassured due to our dbi FlexService database and middleware Service Level Agreements. Over 50 companies enjoy the benefits of a clear, economical SLA implemented by dedicated specialists who are ISO 20000 certified and guarantee excellence in our managed services. Each day dbi services goes out of its way to earn the trust of its clients. That is why the competence and training of our team members are so important to us. All our consultants are certified and experienced IT infrastructure specialists, whether in Oracle, Microsoft, OpenText or Open Source technologies. dbi services is an Oracle Platinum Partner, a Microsoft Gold Partner for data platforms, a Dbvisit Gold Reseller Partner, an EnterpriseDB Gold Partner, a Cloudera Partner, an Attunity Partner as well as an OpenText eDOCS & Documentum Partner.


Articles published in German


Articles published in French


Event Oracle 12cR2

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Event Oracle 12cR2

19.05.17 in Zurich

Additional event

Long awaited on-premises, the Release 2 of Oracle Database 12c is available on the Cloud, on Exadata and soon on further platforms whereas it is not always easy to know what information really matters beyond the marketing messages.
In order to help you to plan future upgrades properly, our Oracle experts organize a breakfast dedicated to the Oracle Database 12cR2. This event is a great opportunity for DBAs and Developers to discover new features that are interesting from a technical perspective. The multitenant architecture will also be a specific topic in our discussions: the non-CDB , the one that we use for decades, is now deprecated and, by the way, may no longer be supported in the future.
If you are interested to understand how and when to move on safely to the 12cR2, then you are kindly invited to join our experts for a friendly breakfast with technical presentations and open discussions. The experts of dbi services are looking forward to sharing their knowledge with you and answering your questions.


Introduction to the 12cR2

Still awaited on-premises, the Oracle 12.2 is available partially or totally on different platforms, in particular on the new Oracle Database Exadata Express Service and on the Oracle public cloud.

Top 12.2 features for daily use

Besides the big new features targeting at a few big customers, each release comes with small improvements which daily help DBAs or developers:
new online operations, more automation, more efficient SQL functions, better SQL plan stability, etc.

With or without option, all you need to know about the multitenant architecture

Because non-CDB is deprecated, we need to start to look at multitenant. 12.2 brings new features which can be used on any edition even without options.


May the 19th, 2017


Place:   Zurich

Date:   19.05.17

Time:   7.30 – 10.30, including breakfast

Price:   CHF 0.- / attendance is free


7:30-8:00                                                                                                                                                      Welcome coffee

8:00-8:15                                                                                                                                                  Welcome speech & introduction to the 12cR2

8:15-8:45                                                                                                                                                     Top 12.2 features for daily use

8:45-9:30                                                                                                                                                 With or without option, all you need to know about multitenant architecture

9:30-10:30                                                                                                                                               Breakfast / questions and answers


xPloreDay “SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups”

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Implement & manage SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups

29.06.17 Nyon

SQL Server AlwaysOn is a multifunctional solution which can be configured in very various ways to meet requirements of high availability and data redundancy. This includes high availability outside the primary data center thanks to the multi-site Windows clustering. Such high available architectures require know-how which we will share with a dedicated event called “dbi xPloreDay”.
During our one-day event, David Barbarin as a MS Data Platform specialist will give you a comprehensive understanding of basics on the Windows Failover Cluster and the AlwaysOn Availability Groups (AAG).
The presentations also focus on how to build an architecture adapted to your needs, how to implement an AG in one or multi-subnet Scenario, how to monitor an AAG and maintain the AlwaysOn Infrastructure, how to manage the interaction with other external components such as SQL Server jobs and SSIS.
Finaly, you’ll be explained how to troubleshoot specific issues which may arise at different levels of this high available AAG architecture.
You want to benefit from expert knowledge and technical discussions with the xPloreDay dedicated to the SQL Server AlwaysOn AG? Register and join us. dbi services’ experts are looking forward to sharing their experience with you!


  • Windows Failover Cluster basics
  • AlwaysOn Availabilitity Groups and Windows Failover Relationship
  • Planning for AlwaysOn Availability Groups
  • Implementing AlwaysOn Availability Groups
  • Managing and monitoring AlwaysOn Availability Groups
  • Troubleshooting common scenarios with availabitlity group scenarios


  • SQL Server DBAs having first experience with AlwaysOn


  • CHF 900.00 / participant
  • *15% discount for dbiFidelity customers


Speaker:                                                                                                                                                          David Barbarin, Microsoft MCM & MVP Data Platform 

Place:                                                                                                                                                           Nyon (in French)

Date:                                                                                                                                                    29.06.2017

Time:                                                                                                                                                  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Price:                                                                                                                                                CHF 900.00 *


08:30-09:00                                                                                                                                                 Welcome coffee

09:30-12:30                                                                                                                                   xPloreDay presentations (incl. coffee break)

12:30-13:30                                                                                                                                   Lunch

13:30-17:00                                                                                                                                   xPloreDay presentations (incl. coffee break)

17:00-18:00                                                                                                                                   Apéro


June 29th 2017


Oracle OpenWorld 2016 : what you need to know

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Oracle OpenWorld 2016

What you need to know

The Oracle 12c is not released on-premises yet, but it is available since November 8th 2016 in the Oracle Cloud!

dbi services was present at the OOW16 in San Francisco from September 18th to 22nd. The OOW is considered as the most important yearly meeting of the Oracle community. Our experts have here the pleasure to keep you on track with the latest Oracle news and trends.

The long-awaited cloud version of the Oracle 12c Release is now available!

Larry Ellison (co-founder and Oracle CTO) finally announced the availability of the 12cR2 during his keynotes, but in a first step as a cloud version only (PDB as a Service). Furthermore, a new Oracle service was announced by Oracle’s CTO with the “Oracle Exadata Express Cloud Service”!


Good to know about the “Oracle Exadata Express Cloud Service!

There is no trial version and no access to the OS. A PDB can be quickly provisioned, though there is no access to the OS and some features are restrained (in order not to break the CDB). In fact, this new service will be entirely managed by Oracle and the version 12.2 will be launched afterwards. The « go life » date is not known so far.

If you missed a keynote or did not have the opportunity to participate in San Francisco, then you may wish to watch the keynotes online -> click here


Certification “OCM 12c”

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Two Oracle Database 12c Certified Masters (OCM 12c) at dbi services

dbi services is proud to announce that two of its experts, Franck Pachot and William Sescu, successfully passed the exam “Oracle Database 12c Certified Master”, which is the expert level certification for Oracle Database.

It should be noted that Franck Pachot and William Sescu passed this exam just one month after the Upgrade Exam for OCM 12c was introduced (End of the year 2015).

Such an achievement is the result of a combination of a gained experience with customers, internal researches, their participation to the 12c beta program as well as a tremendous preparation on their side. It’s a hands-on exam that requires both: a wide knowledge and stress management as the given time for each topic is very short.

In addition, William Sescu passed the Oracle Certified Expert, Oracle Database 12c: RAC and Grid Infrastructure Administrator (1Z0-068) exam. Consequently, being OCE RAC/GI 12c + OCE Data Guard 12c + OCM 12c, makes him de-facto an: Oracle Database 12c Maximum Availability Certified Master. This is the highest certification you can get on Oracle Database.

Franck Pachot, for his part became Oracle ACE Director”. This latter title is provided by Oracle to Oracle top-tier specialists making significant contributions to the Oracle community and interacting with Oracle product managers.


IT Tage 2016

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IT Tage 2016

December 12th to 15th 2016 – Frankfurt am Main

With more than 160 sessions, the IT Tage 2016 are taking place from December 12th to 15th 2016 in Frankfurt am Main. Experts from dbi services are glad to present some interesting technical topics in Frankfurt. Discover the program of their sessions above. We look forward to seeing you there!

Our sessions

SQL Server 2016: Neue Sicherheitsfunktionen

  • Speaker: Stéphane Haby
  • Date: 13.12.16
  • Time: 11:00-11.45
  • Room: München

SQL Server Errorlog – Entmystifizierung

  • Speaker: Stéphane Haby
  • Date: 13.12.16
  • Time: 14:00-14:45
  • Room: München

SQL Server – Locks, latches and spinlocks

  • Speaker: David Barbarin
  • Date: 13.12.16
  • Time: 17:00-17:45
  • Room: München

SQL Server 2016: Availability Group Enhancements

  • Speaker: David Barbarin
  • Date: 13.12.16
  • Time: 18:00-18:45
  • Room: München

Breaking the deadlock: Migrating from proprietary databases to PostgreSQL

  • Speaker: Daniel Westermann
  • Date: 14.12.16
  • Time: 16:00-16:45
  • Room: München

Feasibility study for building a software factory based on GIT repository

  • Speaker: Philippe Schweitzer
  • Date: 14.12.16
  • Time: 17:00-17:45
  • Room: Berlin

Further information

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