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The Tools the Modern DBA Needs to Know

Student or junior DBAs often ask about the skills they will need to be effective in the modern technical landscape. And, as the technology changes, or course so do the required skill sets. The tool landscape that the DBA needs to understand is moving toward the DevOps realm. That doesn't mean that DBAs need to be DevOps experts—they're still different roles. But rather, there is some overlap and, at the very least, the DBAs need to be familiar with and, in some cases, use these tools. Read More

AI and Machine Learning: 9 Predictions for 2019

In 2018, there was heightened awareness of AI and machine learning and, in 2019, the emphasis is expected to increase on cognitive computing technologies that can analyze data in ways previously unimaginable and act independently or with limited human intervention. Here, executives of leading IT companies offer 9 predictions for what's ahead in 2019. Read More

Sponsored Content: Good to great: How to supercharge your back-end systems using MDM

In the global marketplace, where data is a critical business asset, industry leaders struggle to maximize back-end IT, including CRM, ERP, e-commerce, marketing automation, and point of sale. Organizations deploy these IT systems to meet customer expectations, differentiate on digital experiences, streamline operations and achieve regulatory compliance while still delivering growth strategies and competing, in many cases, in a global market. Read More

How AI is Increasing DBAs' Strategic Value

Increasingly, DBAs are seeing artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning applied to database management and optimization, taking self-healing and self-tuning to the next level. These solutions, from both database and third-party vendors, allow DBAs to spend less time searching for bottlenecks, and more time doing more productive and creative work in support of strategic business goals. Read More

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Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • Businesses Need to Overcome Their Addiction to Dates More harm than good has been done to software development by letting the planning dates drive the work instead of having the work drive the dates. This planning-date-driven approach causes more stress, more bad decisions, more rework, more failed projects than all other causes combined.
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Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

  • Teradata Vantage: The Platform for Pervasive Data Intelligence Everybody knows that a database management system, or DBMS, is the system software used to store, manage, and access enterprise data. But what is a data analytics platform? Well, it can be a lot of things, so make sure that you examine any "platform" your organization is considering very carefully. A data platform might comprise a DBMS, and it might not. It might be a tool to help you collect and analyze large data sets from various sources. It might be a series of analytics tools and interfaces for accessing data. Or it might be any one, or set of, offerings that manage, virtualize, index, secure, or otherwise work with your data.
Recent articles by Craig S. Mullins
Kevin Kline

SQL Server Drill Down

Kevin Kline

  • Get to Know Azure SQL Database Hyperscale About 5,500 of the SQL Server faithful came out for the PASS Summit 2018 in Seattle last November. As usual, the event had the feel of a great big family reunion. It's always a fun time, with lots of socializing in the halls of the conference center and at the various restaurants and gathering places around town. The training was also top-notch this year with more than 16 tracks of sessions going on from early morning until evening—literally hundreds of SQL Server developer, DBA, architect, BI, and data science session
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Guy Harrison

MongoDB Matters

Guy Harrison

  • Understanding the MongoDB Server-Side license For some time now, the majority of open source investment has come from venture capital and mega-corporations. There is good reason to think that this level of patronage will not persist indefinitely. Should VC-funded open source companies fail to return on investment, then VC investment will dry up.  The high-profile companies bolstering open source do so primarily for selfish motives and can't necessarily be relied on to do so forever.  So it's essential that companies that develop and market open source products be able to generate some return on their investment.
Recent articles by Guy Harrison
Rob Mandeville

Next-Gen Data Management

Rob Mandeville

  • Anomalies—Predicting the Past Using anomaly detection to surface deviations from the norm can be a powerful tool when automating monitoring for just about any statistical value. However, it will not uncover the bad behavior that may be happening all the time and is only part of the story. Combining data from anomaly detection plus data that can surface good behavior versus bad behavior when it occurs as the norm starts to get into more intelligent analysis. The hype is legit. Anomaly detection can be a very powerful tool—just not in complete isolation.
Recent articles by Rob Mandeville

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