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How Machine Learning is Changing the Way We Think

According to David Weinberger, a senior researcher at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, machine learning's importance is not only in the benefits its use brings, but also in how it is transforming our understanding of how the world works and our most basic strategies for dealing with the future. At Data Summit 2019 in Boston, Weinberger will consider the implications of machine learning and explore what it means for society and our moral sense of the world. Read More

2019 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards: Voting is Open

Unlike other awards programs that rely on our editorial staff's evaluations, the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards are unique in that the winning information management solutions are chosen by you—the people who actually use them. Read More

Michael Stonebraker to Deliver Opening Keynote at Data Summit 2019 in Boston

A.M. Turing Award Laureate and database technology pioneer Michael Stonebraker will deliver the opening keynote at Data Summit 2019. The sixth annual Data Summit conference will be held in Boston, May 21-22, 2019, with pre-conference workshops on May 20. Registration is now open. Read More

Experts Predict Trends for Data Architecture in 2019

From AI and machine learning to data discovery and real-time analytics, creating a strong data architecture strategy is critical to supporting an organization's data-driven goals. DBTA recently held a roundtable webinar with Michael Coburn, product manager, PMM, Percona; Tyler Mitchell, senior product marketing manager, Couchbase; and Max Neunhöffer, senior developer and architect, ArangoDB, who discussed the top trends in modern data architecture for 2019. Read More

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Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • Database Elaborations: Fact Tables and Their Lying Primary Keys When working on a multidimensional design, every fact table within scope should be handled with care. In an ideal world, each low-level fact table represents the metrics related to a business event. The meaning of a fact table, ideally, should be evident based on the table name and the composition of the fact table's primary key. Deciding on a primary key for a fact table is an important choice.
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Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

  • DBA Corner: Three Important Database Security Features One of the most important and rapidly changing areas of database management is security and protection. The major DBMS vendors have been adding security features and improving the way you can protect your precious corporate data. But it can be difficult to keep up with these features, so let's take a brief look at some of the more interesting and useful database security options.
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Kevin Kline

SQL Server Drill Down

Kevin Kline

  • SQL Server Drill Down: Containers and the World of OS-Level Virtualization If you haven't been paying a lot of attention, you might have missed the rise of a new form of virtualization, based at the operating system level, called "containers." While there are many specific software programs, by far the most prominent is Docker. So, from here on out, consider "Docker" and "container" to be synonymous.
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Guy Harrison

Emerging Technologies

Guy Harrison

  • Emerging Technologies: Spanner Stretches the CAP Theorem The implications of CAP Theorem, more than anything else, led to the schism in modern database management systems. With the rise of global applications with extremely high uptime requirements, it became unthinkable to sacrifice availability for perfect consistency.  Almost in unison, the leading Web 2.0 companies such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook introduced new database services that were only "eventually" consistent but globally and highly available. Google has tried to resolve this database schism with its Spanner SQL database.
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Rob Mandeville

Next-Gen Data Management

Rob Mandeville

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