During a briefing at the beginning of a tuning assignment the IT staff of a Swiss company describes their problem: “Our new application runs in Switzerland and also as a local installation of our subsidiary in the US. Both installations are served by our local database in Switzerland . The Step in question in this application is running with us 10 Seconds in Switzerland, in the US, it takes about 2 minutes. We have a trace of the application, but we can not find the problem. Granted, there are thousands of SQL statements that we work through, but each one is fast and their total time is about 10 seconds.”
What do you think is the cause of the problem? How would you verify your assumption? What could be a short-term solution? How should a long-term solution look like?