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2020 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards

It's time to submit nominations for the annual Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards Program in which the winning information management solutions, products, and services are chosen by you—the people who actually use them. Voting on the nominees will begin in late March. Read More

Register Now for Data Summit 2020

Registration is open for the seventh annual Data Summit conference, to be held in Boston, May 19-20, 2020, with pre-conference workshops on May 18. Data Summit focuses on both the business and technical aspects of data management and analysis and how it is transforming the business world. Early bird pricing is available now. Read More

When It Comes to Support, You Don’t Have To Go It Alone

Data is the lifeblood of all organizations in today's era of digital business transformation. Because it is, the corporate spotlight is especially bright on DBAs who are tasked with ensuring users and applications always have access to the data on which they depend. Considering the hit to a company's bottom line, and potentially to its reputation in the market, when infrastructure and information becomes unavailable, it's easy to see how important it is for these DBAs to have access to the highest-quality, expert technical support professional when help is needed. Read More

Operational Analytics: Real-Time Intelligence for Digital Transformation 2.0

Think about the last time you filled out a paper form and contrast that with how many times you've filled out forms online. We live in an era where everything is digital. Forms are online, every click is captured, and even personal lives are documented on social media. The first wave of digitization led to more BI and better data-driven decisions. But, as we head into 2020, the focus has shifted from BI to operational analytics. Traditional BI was focused on enabling executives to make decisions using historical data. It was accelerated by technologies such as Hadoop, which were built for scale but could not deliver results. Read More



Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • Variety Leads to Spicy Analytics A good data modeler must know when there is something the users need to analyze, even when what that is is not necessarily obvious. Subtle dif­ferences abound between things in a state, versus actions taken to create or change states, versus the duration of a business object within or across states, versus business objects and the workflows containing them. Each of these subtleties drives differing metrics with distinct uses.
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Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

  • The Mainframe Is a Modern Platform The mainframe has a long history of applications and uses, which stretches back more than 50 years. This means that some mainframe applications require modernization. This is often referred to as "mainframe modernization," but a better term for this is "mainframe application modern­ization" because the mainframe already is a mod­ern platform.
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Kevin Kline

SQL Server Drill Down

Kevin Kline

  • Azure Arc and the Rising Tide of Kubernetes What's so special about Azure Arc? The private preview of Azure Arc currently includes support for Azure SQL Database and Azure Database for PostgreSQL Hyperscale. But it's not hard to imagine a scenario where you might have a single management system that cov­ers a disparate a selection of computing resources such as on-premise physical servers, Hyper-V and VMware virtual machines, a few old Oracle databases running on Linux, some open source software built on PostgreSQL, a selection of external clusters running on AWS and Google Cloud Platform, and a new installation of Azure Stack.
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Guy Harrison

Emerging Technologies

Guy Harrison

  • The Last Decade Brought a Dark Revolution in Technology The decade just ended has truly been revolutionary. Technological forces have combined to revolutionize almost every aspect of our daily lives and trans­form our society—and not always for the better. But although the components of a revolution were in place in 2010, the transformations that would result from the integration of cloud, mobile, and social were far from obvious.
Recent articles by Guy Harrison
  • The Top Five Index-Tuning Recommendations As with everything, there are trade-offs when it comes to indexes. A sign of a good database performance tuning and optimization solution is that it will analyze every query per database instance, look at all the tables used with each query, and then make a recommenda­tion for table tuning if there's a positive impact.
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Trends and Applications