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Artificial Intelligence Has a 1% Problem

There are plenty of pronouncements about artificial intelligence—both in terms of the miracles it can produce and the threat it poses to humanity. But according to Ali Ghodsi, co-founder and CEO of Databricks, there is actually a "1% problem" in that there are a handful of companies such as Google, Amazon, and a few others that are actually accomplishing their goals with it. AI has vast potential but some of the claims, as well as the fears, are overstated and a little premature right now, he contends. Read More

Encryption: No Longer a Fringe Security Feature

Hackers are rarely far from the news these days, whether they're perpetrating cyber-intrusions into political campaigns or take-downs of major retail websites, social media sites, movie studios, or entertainment conglomerates. But some of the "hacking" headlines can be deceiving. In fact, a significant number of cybersecurity breaches around the digital world actually represent a kind of all-too-familiar crime that is as old as the abacus. Read More

The Artificial Intelligence Journey Has Only Begun

We're still very much in the early days of artificial intelligence (AI). However, money is pouring into AI initiatives at astounding rates, and enterprises need to move at a deliberate speed to adopt and leverage AI across their systems, applications, and data. Read More

How to Achieve True Hybrid Cloud Analytics

The future value of hybrid cloud computing is to empower customers to embrace a cloud strategy of their own, versus being dictated by a vendor. A hybrid cloud environment is defined by the customer—a hybrid cloud solution should not dictate where or which cloud the customer must use with their on-premise installation. Although this may seem obvious, large vendors often ignore this critical point, as they dictate choices based on their (lack of) capabilities. Read More

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Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • Data Modeling Takes Practice, Practice, Practice There is an old joke that a tourist in New York City is lost while sightseeing and notices a musician leaving a taxi; he walks up to the musician and asks, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" The musician responds, "Practice, practice, practice." Obviously, such jokes are doomed to obscurity as people now will simply use the navigation app on their phone. However, the advice itself, in its own way, will always be relevant—practice, practice, practice.
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Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

  • The Importance of Referential Constraints for Data Integrity Referential integrity (RI) is a method for ensuring the "correctness" of data within a DBMS. People tend to oversimplify RI, stating that it is merely the identification of relationships between relational tables. It is actually much more than this. RI embodies the integrity and usability of a relationship by establishing rules that govern that relationship.
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Kevin Kline

SQL Server Drill Down

Kevin Kline

  • Announcing SQL Server 2017 Release Candidate 1 Microsoft announced the first release candidate (a.k.a. RC1) for SQL Server 2017 on Monday, July 17th. Release candidates are not a final and finished product, but they are feature complete. No new features are expected after Microsoft moves into the RC phase, only adding polish (for example, brushing up the documentation and UI) and performance to the existing feature set. The full product release is planned for some time in the second half of 2017.
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Guy Harrison

Emerging Technologies

Guy Harrison

  • The Battle for the Future of Bitcoin The emergence of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology may prove to be almost as significant an innovation as the internet itself. Blockchain offers a mechanism for the mediation of any transactions that previously would have required trusted third parties, while cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin may eventually become a significant alternative to traditional "fiat" (e.g., government-backed) currencies. These technologies could eventually revolutionize the global banking infrastructure which has underpinned global commerce for centuries.
Recent articles by Guy Harrison
  • Is Writing Good SQL a Lost Art? Poorly written SQL statements can cause significant performance problems in your database environment. According to some experts, poorly written SQL can cause up to 70% of performance problems overall. Adding resources can mask many issues surrounding poorly written SQL, but comes with a cost. Is writing good, quality SQL (including block code—stored procedures, packages, functions, etc.) a dying art? And if it's so important, why is that?
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