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The Surprising Power of Simply Moving Data to Where It Needs to Be

Waterloo is known as the site of Napoleon's downfall. But it was the insufficiency of communication - a failure to deliver vital information concerning the proximity of enemy garrisons on the march - that deserves the lion's share of the blame. In the battle of conducting business today, information endures. Read More

The 2016 DBTA Readers' Choice Award Winners

The rapid expansion of The IT market shows no signs of abating. The growth of data in all its forms—from traditional data sources and newer sources such as social media and connected devices—is driving swift innovation. To address the need to secure, integrate, and draw meaningful insights from all this data, a steady flow of products and services, as well as new features to long-established offerings, continues to emerge. Read More

Choosing the Right Data Replication Software

Not all big data solutions are created equal. Patrick Smith, database administrator at EPX, found that out when EPX switched replication platforms. EPX was using another system for database availability. But after a database outage event, EPX turned to SharePlex for reliable replication of their critical databases to ensure high availability. Read More

Database Lifecycle Management Emerges to Unravel Ever-More Complex Data Sites

Organizations have directed a lot of attention recently to consolidation, automation, and cloud efforts in their data management environments. This will purportedly result in decreased demand for data managers and the need for fewer DBAs per groups of databases. However, the opposite seems to be occurring. In actuality, there is a growing need for more talent, as well as expertise to manage through growing complexity. A new survey, sponsored by Idera and conducted by Unisphere Research among more than 300 data executives, managers, and professionals finds that a more challenging data environment is arising due to a confluence of factors. Read More

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Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • Before We Get to Normal - the Key Steps in the Data Modeling Process As one works through the normal forms, be it a journey to the placid shores of third normal, or the more arid climes of Boyce-Codd normal form, or even the cloudy peaks of fourth normal and beyond—and before one starts thinking about normalizing the design—the database designer has covered a lot of ground work already. Before thinking of normalizing, one needs to have conceptualized the relations that might be within the solution's scope.
Recent articles by Todd Schraml
Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

  • Improving IT Security With Database Auditing Techniques Regulatory compliance is a critical aspect of the IT landscape these days, and the ability to audit database activities showing who did what to which data when is a specific requirement of many industry and governmental regulations. There are six primary methods that can be used to accomplish database auditing.
Recent articles by Craig S. Mullins
Kevin Kline

SQL Server Drill Down

Kevin Kline

  • SQL Server 2016 Is Simply Faster…A Lot Faster I had the pleasure to spend some time with my old friend Mark Souza, a general manager in the Data Platform team at Microsoft, while speaking at the SQL Saturday event in Dublin, Ireland. Now keep in mind that Mark and I have known each other since the 1990s when SQL Server was just being ported to a brand new operating system called Windows NT. Mark and I were having a laugh and more than a twinge of nostalgia about how much SQL Server has improved over the decades and now sits atop the heap on most analysts' "best database" reports. This isn't just two old-timers sharing a few war stories though. This is a living, breathing transformation that is still in process.
Recent articles by Kevin Kline
Guy Harrison

Big Data Notes

Guy Harrison

  • MongoDB Continues to Advance With 20 million downloads to date, MongoDB is arguably today's fastest-growing database technology. MongoDB's rapid growth has been driven primarily by its attractiveness to developers. By using JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) documents as the native database format, MongoDB reduces the impedance mismatch between program code and database, allowing more agile and rapid application development.
Recent articles by Guy Harrison
  • The Correlation Between Performance and Costs When you think about the role of a database professional, you probably don't include "cost savings" in the list of responsibilities. Maybe if there were a clearer correlation between the work of database professionals and money, people would pay more attention. Well, it turns out, there is.
Recent articles by Gerardo Dada

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