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Our technical white papers showcase Embarcadero's ongoing commitment to providing the industry’s broadest and deepest set of software tools for developers, DBAs, and architects. Please use the filter box to search our latest documents or click on one of our high-level categories to narrow your search to specific product area. Note: Some documents require user registration prior to download.

As a modeling and collaboration platform, ER/Studio is a very capable environment to define, manage and organize metadata effectively. This allows business and data consumers understand how data is used across the organization. This Tech Note documents some of the features that make ER/Studio Data Architect and ER/Studio Team Server particularly well-suited for handling metadata.

Published:  July 01, 2014
Scott Walz

Sybase ASE DBAs have always tackled complex tasks amidst shifting priorities, and pressures only continue to mount. This paper outlines trends impacting Sybase ASE DBAs and teaches techniques critical to streamline and automate database management.

Published:  June 19, 2014
Scott Walz

As a DB2 DBA, you are expected to keep key database systems available and optimized for high performance. This paper details techniques to streamline and automate the management of critical areas required for high database performance and availability -- regardless of the database type or version.

Published:  June 18, 2014

In this white paper, Robin Bloor and Rebecca Jowiak from The Bloor Group discuss the value of metadata and the importance of organizing it well. Learn about the benefits of the ER/Studio Team Server, which lets you:

  • Collaborate on metadata across your organization
  • Manage disparate data sources and definitions
  • Establish an enterprise glossary of business definitions and data elements
  • Improve communication between teams
Published:  June 05, 2014
Karen Lopez, InfoAdvisors

Your data models are brilliant... but only if the DBAs and developers are on the same page. Get more value through collaboration. How? In this white paper, Karen Lopez from InfoAdvisors, Inc. discusses strategies on how to build a little more teamwork and collaboration and get a lot more value from data modeling.

Published:  May 20, 2014

S.A.N Computers has thrived both in spite of and because of the tremendous changes in the travel industry. The company has driven technology innovation to commercial and retail travel agents. Using RAD Studio, they quickly made executive reporting extensions available on both desktop and mobile platforms. S.A.N products have become the de facto industry standard, now in use in over 500 travel agencies in over 50 countries.

Published:  May 18, 2014

Thank you for your interest in reviewing RAD Studio XE6, Embarcadero’s complete software development solution for building true native applications for Windows, Android, iOS and Mac OS X from a single codebase. This Reviewer’s Guide will give you an overview of some of the key benefits that developers will enjoy with RAD Studio XE6 as well as a walkthrough by building both multi-device apps and Windows applications.

Published:  May 13, 2014

In this paper, you’ll learn:

  • What ARRA, HITECH, Meaningful Use (MU), and Certification mean.
  • How technical personnel such as data architects, DBAs and developers will be affected by MU.
  • The best ways to determine the MU gaps that might be found in existing systems.
  • Additional expertise technical personnel may need to meet MU.
  • How quickly systems will need to be modified and deployed to meet MU rules.
Published:  April 24, 2014

To learn all you can about data modeling for your data warehouse and what to look out for, you need to know how to identify the primary issues that surface. This awareness can help when you run into a scenario where you find architecture that is not fully documented and different from the rest of your database designs.

In this whitepaper we’ll focus on seven common database design “sins” that can be easily avoided and suggest ways to correct them.

Published:  April 24, 2014

This series of videos describes how Team Server’s Application Programming Interface (API) brings your own applications closer to your critical business data, allowing you to access and control your business glossaries, terms and model data quickly and easily. You can see two examples of how this works using the Team Server API demo tool. Team Server works with ER/Studio to enhance your data modeling environment with a single-source enterprise glossary.

Published:  April 07, 2014
Karen López, InfoAdvisors

To help you avoid pitfalls in your data architecture, Karen López describes how to: understand the benefits of an effective enterprise data modeling effort; identify seven common mistakes that organizations can make in developing enterprise data models; and establish a plan to address those issues with ER/Studio

Use these strategies to define and deploy a successful enterprise data model in your company.

Published:  April 03, 2014
Karen López, InfoAdvisors

While data architects like to collaborate amongst themselves using their own procedures and language, they need to consider improving our interaction with our business clients. This paper discusses five things you can do right now to improve collaboration with business users.

Published:  April 03, 2014

Unit testing is an important topic. Very important. Unit testing can mean the difference between a codebase that is clean and maintainable and one that is impossible to maintain.

Published:  March 13, 2014

Many businesses today are looking to identify opportunities to increase efficiency in their business processes and to expand opportunity by using apps on mobile devices. While this is positive,organizations must manage the initiative correctly in order to minimize risk of failure, as getting it wrong can cost much more than just the initial budget allocated for the project; in both time and money, it can severely damage an organization's reputation. Read this White Paper and avoid common missteps.

Published:  March 12, 2014

This 42-page technical white paper covers a typical scenario in the IT world including architecture and techniques for connecting with a database server and providing data to different front-ends using different technologies.

Published:  March 12, 2014

Learn how considering just the feature matrix for a database tool is a mistake. This top 10 guide provides valuable insights that can directly impact your personal productivity (and sanity).

Published:  February 21, 2014

Data is everywhere. Databases are growing at exponential rates across the globe, and someone has to manage the chaos. This is happening as new competitive pressures are forcing companies to continually streamline workforces.

But what does this mean for today’s DBAs? Find out in this whitepaper on The Changing Role of the DBA.

Published:  February 10, 2014

This white paper has been written to help developers that are using versions of Delphi or RAD Studio that were released previous to the launch of Delphi 2009. Read this paper if you are looking for more information on why and how to Unicode-enable a codebase that has been developed using a pre-Unicode enabled version.

Published:  December 24, 2013

In this whitepaper, data management expert Kelle O’Neal leads you through the process of creating a sustainable data governance program:

  • Managing the expansion of data governance
  • Embedding the program
  • Identifying the difficulties of creating sustainable governance
  • Assessing the current state of your data governance
Published:  December 19, 2013

Guerilla governance speeds up the process and reduces costs by focusing scarce resources on projects that add the most value to your organization.

In this whitepaper, data management expert Kelle O’Neal shows you how to:

  • Spot key differences between guerilla and enterprise governance
  • Develop, quantify, and justify your data governance program
  • Create your own plan of action you can execute right now
Published:  December 06, 2013

To help you make a business case for data governance within your own organization, we’ve teamed up with Kelle O’Neal on a whitepaper called “Making the Business Case for Data Governance” that walks you through a step-by-step process to:

  • Quantify the benefits of data governance in your own organization
  • Establish the scope of a data governance program
  • Show a clear connection between data governance and the ability to meet business objectives 
Published:  December 06, 2013

Download the whitepaper “How NOT to Govern Data: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid” to discover:

  • The top 5 mistakes you can make in your data governance program that will virtually guarantee failure
  • Concrete strategies to avoid these pitfalls from the beginning, or correct them once you’ve got them
  • How to incorporate best practices into your broader data governance framework
Published:  December 06, 2013

Throughout this paper, we will investigate many of the capabilities of the FM Application Platform involved in data visualization. We will cover the important role that FM primitives and vector graphics play in visualizing data.

We will take a look at charting and how we can incorporate modern looking charts into our own applications. We will also be taking a deep dive into customized lists on mobile devices and leveraging custom FM controls to achieve very rich displays. And finally, we will investigate how to create truly stunning hi-res images generated from mathematical data.

Published:  November 13, 2013

Learn how to connect with more data, more easily and on more devices with this in-depth technical white paper by Cary Jensen. Enterprise data access can be challenging. While products like dbExpress have solved many of these problems, what is needed is a data access engine that can deal with the rapidly changing world of IT. Multiple devices, operating systems, and form factors create a plethora of touch points. FireDAC is the ultimate multi-device data access library.

Published:  November 12, 2013

This report, sponsored by Embarcadero Technologies, is based on a global survey of 1,337 developers with responsibility for Windows desktop applications. The goal of the survey, conducted in August 2013, was to understand existing demand for mobile applications, experience with mobile development, and concerns with current approaches.

Published:  September 06, 2013

This expert whitepaper will show you the true, cascading costs of using tools such as Visio or Excel for data modeling. You’ll learn how using tools built specifically for data modeling can help you achieve up to a 387% ROI in year one.

Published:  July 31, 2013

This paper offers a deeper look into some of the key elements of the FireMonkey component architecture and the role of styles. Understanding styles is key to working profitably in FireMonkey. Read how styles define controls, look at the different sections of the FireMonkey class hierarchy, see how you can customize individual components, as well as how to write your own.

Published:  July 15, 2013
Joe Maguire and Peter O’Kelly

During the last few years, several database market dynamics have led many people to question the utility of data modeling. In particular, the advent of XML information management, growing frustration with traditional relational database management system (RDBMS) capabilities and vendor relationships, and the expanding influence of cloud platforms have led many organizations to reconsider their commitments to the practice of data modeling. Read this paper for perspectives on why data modeling is more important than ever before, and that organizations that seek to fully leverage database market dynamics must redouble their focus on data modeling.

Published:  July 13, 2013

With mobile's unparalleled growth rate and unmatched subscriber counts, there's no doubt that nearly every developer is either already going mobile, or thinking about it. Even tried and true desktop apps and large-scale enterprise systems have companion mobile apps that let users interact with desktop files or large systems while on the go.

To help you create an awesome mobile user experience for your application, we've prepared a list of common mistakes developers make when going mobile - and how you can avoid them.

Published:  June 19, 2013

This reviewer’s guide will give you an overview of some of the key benefits that developers will enjoy with RAD Studio XE4 as well as a walkthrough by building typical multi-device apps.

Published:  May 02, 2013
Marco Cantù, Embarcadero Technologies

This document is an introduction to changes in the “Mobile” version of Delphi and the new Delphi ARM compiler. The focus of this document is to highlight the language changes and techniques that can be used to port existing code and to maintain backwards compatibility

Published:  April 19, 2013
by Dr. Nicholas Khabbaz and Francois Cartier of e-Modelers, Inc.

This third-party study comparies ER/Studio v9.5 with CA Technologies’ ERwin r9. The latest releases are examined in detail and focus on three key areas important to data modelers: Enterprise data modeling; Data governance; and Master data management

Published:  March 04, 2013
Stephen Ball

In this paper, we will look at what is required to create a shared library with FireMonkey in RAD Studio that can be used across multiple platforms, specifically with Windows and Mac OS X. We will look at using the new library in Delphi FireMonkey and VCL applications and also with C#.

Published:  January 16, 2013
Bruno Fierens, TMS software

TMS Grid has been a popular VCL component developed over 15 years. This paper gives the background on the requirements and decisions that were made in the creation of the TMS Grid for FireMonkey and gives an overview of its remarkable capabilities.

Published:  December 13, 2012
José León

HTML5 Builder is a complete development environment for web and mobile applications. No matter where you want to run your app, whether it is on a web server, on a mobile device or if you want to publish your apps on any app store, you can do it.

Published:  November 29, 2012

This paper examines some of the features that are crucial to the success of developing with and deploying an embedded database. It will highlight key features of InterBase® and contrast InterBase with other database alternatives for embedded applications. While large enterprises require complex database management systems that can support thousands of users, manage terabytes of data, and need a highly trained support staff, The requirements for an embedded database are quite different from those of an enterprise DBMS.

Published:  November 21, 2012
Marco Cantù

This paper guides a Delphi developer through the DataSnap technology in Delphi XE3. The focus of this document is to offer an overview of the technology and its usage and deployment scenarios, more than a detailed technical analysis of the available features of this multi--‐tier library. I'll cover the options you have in terms of integration with web servers and hosting in the cloud. I'll discuss how to make these services more scalable and robust, and offer a very simple overview of the different types of clients you can build with Delphi and other tools.

Published:  November 07, 2012

This technical paper from Embarcadero will help you develop application code that is production ready by exploring best practices in a five-step load testing workflow.

Published:  October 17, 2012
by Len Silverston

Almost all business applications track information about people and organizations, recording information about customers, suppliers, subsidiaries, departments, employees, and contractors redundantly in many different systems. For this reason, it is very difficult to keep key information such as client contact data consistent and accurate. Examples of applications that store information about people and organizations include sales, marketing, purchasing, order entry, invoicing, project management, and accounting.

Published:  August 30, 2012
by Karen López, InfoAdvisors

Summary: We need data governance in our organizations and we need it to be done correctly. We as data professionals cannot solve this problem alone. In fact, we can’t solve it at all. This is a business issue. We cannot force compliance into systems after the fact, nor can we engineer it into solutions without business ownership of their governance and compliance processes. This paper lays out 5 things we must do to ensure our data governance, stewardship and compliance programs are successful.

Published:  August 10, 2012
Jason Vokes

FireMonkey is able to natively target multiple platforms by taking the low level tasks that an application would otherwise rely on the operating system to perform or provide. You can find out a lot more specific technical information and how you can try the power FireMonkey in RAD Studio, from the references at the end of this article.

Published:  April 28, 2012
Andreano Lanusse

This article gives a few good reasons to migrate, along with an overview of all the new features added to Delphi product releases since version 7, where Delphi was an IDE to build Windows 32-bit applications and became an IDE for Windows 64-bit, Mac and iOS development.

Published:  March 01, 2012
Embarcadero Technologies

A new year brings with it a new set of business challenges as wellas fresh opportunity for forward-thinking companies to navigate anincreasingly complex data management landscape.

Published:  January 19, 2012
Pinal Dave, Creator of SQL Authority (blog.sqlauthority.com)
Published:  January 08, 2012
Sarina DuPont, Embarcadero Technologies
Published:  January 06, 2012
Marco Cantù

In this whitepaper, Delphi Expert Marco Cantù introduces FireMonkey, the next generation business application platform and guides you through the key features while building simple real-world applications for Windows, Mac, and iOS. This paper is meant for developers already familiar with Delphi or C++Builder, and will help you get started and understand the role of the various technologies that are part of FireMonkey, while building business applications.

Published:  October 19, 2011
Daniele Teti, bit Time Software s.r.l.

The need to have a mobile user interface for an existing application to add functionality or to ease the way a client/server system or multi-tier application is used, is growing at an increasing rate in IT. With many companies require their employees to access data from their management software even when out of the office. In this paper you’ll learn how to write a REST service in PHP with RadPHP™ XE and interact with it from an Android application.

Published:  July 15, 2011
Published:  June 29, 2011
Seán Francis, Database Administrator Consultant
Published:  May 21, 2011
Bob Swart Bob Swart Training & Consultancy (eBob42)

Embarcadero® RAD Studio Enterprise XE is the most popular release in years, in large part due to DataSnap XE. The DataSnap® framework enables you to build multi-tier applications with the server built in Delphi and C++Builder, and connect with them via a wide variety of clients and protocols.

Published:  March 16, 2011
Bruno Fierens, TMS software
Published:  March 16, 2011
Al Mannarino, Embarcadero Technologies
Published:  February 15, 2011
Brian Long, Brian Long Consultancy & Training Services Ltd
Published:  February 03, 2011
Marco Cantù

This paper delves into the development of REST servers in Delphi XE, showing how you can use the features available in the box, how to extend them with extra Delphi support code, and how to take advantage of the jQuery library. Within the various models offered by DataSnap, our specific focus will be the development of Delphi REST servers, coupled with browser-based applications written in JavaScript and based on jQuery.

Published:  January 12, 2011
Tana Sabatino, Vallue Consulting
Published:  December 10, 2010
Andreano Lanusse
Published:  November 18, 2010
Published:  November 12, 2010
Bill Todd, The Database Group, Embarcadero Technologies
Published:  November 11, 2010
Published:  September 30, 2010

In this whitepaper, Jonathan Lewis shows you his highly-evolved strategy for writing more efficient SQL.

Published:  June 11, 2010
José León, Qadram Software S.L.
Published:  May 20, 2010

PAR Springer-Miller Systems chose the high performance InterBase embedded database from Embarcadero to power the critical business data behind the scenes of their SpaSoft wellness and spa management application,the standard for the world’s finest luxury hotel, resort and destination spas.

Published:  May 02, 2010
Bill H. Inmon, Forest Rim Technology, LLC
Published:  April 23, 2010
Volker Hillmann, adecc Systemhaus GmbH
Published:  February 18, 2010
Brian Long Consultancy & Training Services Ltd
Published:  February 02, 2010
Bob Swart Bob Swart Training & Consultancy (eBob42)

Get a hands-on approach to the power and flexibility of DataSnap in RAD Studio 2010. From getting your first server and client apps going through to working with .NET as well as using internet protocols and callbacks, Bob "Dr. Bob" Swart leads you in easy steps to get fast and powerful results.

Published:  January 26, 2010

More and more organizations are recognizing the benefits of data warehouses and their ability to support critical business intelligence initiatives. Yet many DW/BI projects fail due to poor collaboration on business requirements, faulty designs, and lack of solid metadata. Many of these challenges can be overcome through effective data modeling practices and data modeling tools.

Published:  January 20, 2010
Ron Lewis, CDO Technologies
Published:  December 22, 2009
Cary Jensen, Jensen Data Systems, Inc.

In this paper, Cary Jensen aims to guide your Unicode migration efforts by sharing the experiences and insights of numerous Delphi developers who have already made the journey. It begins with a general introduction of the issues, followed by a brief overview of Unicode basics. This is followed by a systematic look at the various aspects of your applications that may require attention, with examples and suggestions based on real world experience.

Published:  December 18, 2009
Embarcadero Technologies with contributions from Ron Lewis, CDO Technologies

Many different organizations collect Personally Identifiable Information (PII), ranging from hospitals and banks to apartment complexes and utility companies. This paper explains who Embarcadero Technologies offers software solutions that can help U.S. government agencies and departments address some of the most critical requirements set forth in mandates, as they pertain to PII contained within database systems, and to the requirements of FISMA.

Published:  December 04, 2009
Nick Hodges
Published:  December 04, 2009
Jeff Anders
Published:  December 03, 2009
Al F. Mannarino
Published:  December 03, 2009
Marco Cantù
Published:  November 19, 2009

Optimizing System Performance Using Prevent, Find, and Fix Methodologies Embarcadero Technologies

Published:  June 03, 2009

Using Modern Database Management Tools to Simplify and Streamline SOX Compliance

Published:  June 03, 2009

As modern database change management techniques for the Sybase DBA become more sophisticated, there is an inherent need for practitioners to be aware of the increasingly powerful tools available to them.

Published:  June 03, 2009
IDC Executive Brief
Published:  June 03, 2009
Nick Hodges
Published:  June 03, 2009
Marco Cantù
Published:  June 03, 2009
Marco Cantù
Published:  June 03, 2009
Marco Cantù
Published:  June 03, 2009

The productivity benefits of using commercial Eclipse-based Java IDE products from IBM (IBM Rational Application Developer), Genuitec (MyEclipse), and CodeGear (JBuilder) compared to the freely downloadable baseline Eclipse configuration.

Published:  June 03, 2009
Andreano Lanusse
Published:  June 02, 2009
Andreano Lanusse
Published:  June 02, 2009
Al Mannarino
Published:  June 02, 2009
Michael Rozlog
Published:  June 02, 2009
Greg Keller
Published:  June 02, 2009

Using JBuilder to Overcome the Big Four Offshore Development Challenges: Application Quality, Application Performance, Distributed Team Collaboration, and Productivity

Published:  June 02, 2009
 

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