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The Changing Role of the Modern DBA – New Skills for Security

Data security is a growing concern in all enterprises, and since DBAs have been guardians of the data, their skillset can be utilized in moving forward to combat new risks and threats, writes Extreme Scale Solutions' Michelle Malcher in the latest article in a six-part series by editors of IOUG SELECT and Big Data Quarterly on the "The Changing Role of the Modern DBA." Read More

The Changing Role of the Modern DBA in the New Cloud Era

As the use of cloud expands as a database platform and automated capabilities increase, there are new opportunities for DBAs to move beyond operations and emergency fire-fighting and instead get involved in more innovative, high-level tasks that bring additional value to their organizations. Experts weigh in on what's ahead. Read More

Data Summit 2018 Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for Data Summit 2018 presented by DBTA and Big Data Quarterly. For a limited time, super early bird pricing is also available for the conference which will take place May 22 - 23, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Boston. Read More

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence in 2018: Seven Predictions

Artificial intelligence has been described both as a radical force for good and an enabler of evil whose risks are not yet fully understood. But is it just a lot of hype or a transformative technology poised to impact our future? Here, seven IT execs weigh in on the AI debate and offer their predictions for the changes we may see in 2018. Read More

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Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • How the Term “Unstructured Data” Confuses People Don't let the term "unstructured data" confuse you. Structure exists, somehow and somewhere, within unstructured source data. It is that subtle, possibly even encrypted, structure that contains the gems of knowledge that an enterprise seeks. Sometimes those gems only shine when extracted and combined with other little gems from other data sources.
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Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

  • What is Blockchain? An Introduction to Blockchain for DBAs Blockchain is a distributed, shared, permissioned ledger for recording transactions with consensus, provenance, immutability and finality. It is the technology that drives virtual currencies like Bitcoin. But its potential spans many more industries and use cases than just virtual currencies.
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Kevin Kline

SQL Server Drill Down

Kevin Kline

  • 3 New Year’s Resolutions for the SQL Server Pro New Year's Day is a holiday we mark both with a big party and with reflection and re-evaluation. New Year's resolutions are a time-honored tradition here in the U.S., with more than 40% of Americans making conscious decisions to do things differently. (Yes, there are people who actually keep track of these statistics.) Yet, despite all of the good intentions, less than 10% of people who make New Year's resolutions are able to keep them. In the spirit of new beginnings, here are a handful of promises for the SQL Server professional which adhere to the three cardinal rules of successful New Year's resolutions: simple, tangible, and obvious.
Recent articles by Kevin Kline
Guy Harrison

MongoDB Matters

Guy Harrison

  • New Features in MongoDB 3.6 MongoDB 3.6 was announced publically in November and should be in production by the time this article is posted.  There are no shock features in this version, but it is an attractive release that should see rapid uptake.
Recent articles by Guy Harrison
  • Machine Learning and Autonomous Databases The CTO of a major database vendor recently stated at a conference that basically DBAs would soon be out of a job. The gist of the keynote was autopilot flies better than humans, autonomous cars will be safer, so why would we not do the same for our databases (remove the human error)? What is the validity of this line of thought, and how might it be implemented? What does an autonomous database look like?
Recent articles by Gerardo Dada

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