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How Near Real-Time Data Processing is Changing Business

We are increasingly living in a "sensors world," where data is constantly gathered by smartphones, smart watches, sport trackers, smart devices, and even smart houses. Service providers collect this data for research, marketing campaign effectiveness analysis, proactive solutions, and more. All these "sensors" generate a constant flow that needs to be stored, processed and analyzed in order to bring value. Read More

8 Top Analytics Trends for 2015

The ability to transform data into a competitive edge and financial benefit requires organizations to pay attention to the evolving trends in analytics across mobile and cloud applications, new data platforms and data discovery tools. Read More

Using Geographic Information Systems: A Different Perspective on Data

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology allows users to engage with large, relational datasets in a map format. GIS adds another dimension of understanding to traditional databases through its emphasis on location. This technology significantly enhances business intelligence in three key ways. Read More

2015 is Evolving into a Big Year for Big Data

It looks like 2015 will be an important year for big data and many other technologies such as HTAP and in-memory computing. Many businesses have gone from investigation to experimentation to actual implementation. With installations coming online, and more to come in 2015 and beyond, big data will become more efficient and more customer-focused. Essentially, what many saw as hype will now turn into real implementations. Read More

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Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • We Can Be Heroes But Just For One Day In information services, providing a solution that removes a user's pain can be a great boost to one's psyche. Being the hero, wins trust, and may even enhance job security. However, organizationally, too many sideline heroics create chaos. The day after the crisis has passed, things are left in a less than wonderful state.
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Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

  • Missing Information and the Relational Null One of the trickiest aspects of relational database management can be dealing with missing information. The standard method of representing missing information is to set the "value" to null.
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Kevin Kline

SQL Server Drill Down

Kevin Kline

  • IT Employers Must Adapt to the Looming DBA Shortage If you lead a team of DBAs or run an IT organization, you've probably already felt the pinch of finding talented DBAs. In macroeconomic terms, demand is rising sharply while supply is tight and shrinking. DBAs are among the most sought-after of IT professionals and - despite the fact that U.S. News & World Report ranks the DBA profession as the #5 best IT job and the #12 overall best professional job - are among the hardest to find. This shortage is continuing to drive the phenomena of "accidental DBAs," people who are forced to do the work of a DBA without the training.
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Guy Harrison

Applications Insight

Guy Harrison

  • Alan Turing’s Enduring Legacy Until recently, mention of Alan Turing outside of computer science circles would fail to generate any recognition. In recent months, however, the British technology pioneer has been brought into the public eye following the release of the film, "The Imitation Game." The film itself is a combination of Turing's personal biography and an account of his pivotal work cracking the German Enigma cipher machine during World War II.
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  • Everywhere I Go, Application Performance Slows Down My Life I woke up early to get to the airport to ensure a timely check-in. When I got to the desk, the airline representative asked for my name and destination, keyed it in and we waited for the system to respond. The next words out of her mouth were, "Sorry, the system is slow today, you know how it is."
Recent articles by Gerardo Dada

Trends and Applications