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Getting Up to Speed on Hadoop and Virtualization at Data Summit 2017

It all used to be so simple. There were relational databases and they were all on-premises. But today it is an increasingly hybrid world, with virtualization and Hadoop arguably the source of the most dramatic technology shifts of the past 10 years. At Data Summit 2017, Unisphere Research lead analyst and DBTA contributor Joe McKendrick will moderate tracks on these two critical technology trends during Hadoop Day on Tuesday, May 16, and Virtualization Day on Wednesday, May 17. Read More

You Are Not a Machine, So Learn Machine Learning

Apache Spark offers a solid foundation for machine learning. There are other tools and packages to help you dive into deep learning, but Spark offers a consistent approach to data access and, therefore, makes machine learning on Spark easier as you need less plumbing. Read More

2017 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards Competition Opens for Nominations

It's time to submit nominations for the fourth annual Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards Program in which the winning information management solutions, products, and services are chosen by you—the people who actually use them. Read More

Exploring Information Governance and Big Data Analytics at Data Summit 2017

Big data presents powerful new opportunities for putting data to work, but also thorny questions that affect enterprise data architectures and overall data management. At Data Summit 2017, these issues will be explored in a keynote address to be jointly presented by ZL Technologies' Linda G. Sharp and Drinker Biddle & Reath's Bennett B. Borden. Read More

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Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • Referencing Dimensions in Data Models Many businesses seem to believe that dimension tables and reference tables are indistinguishable objects. Apparently, the only difference worthy of note seems to be altering the object's name from "something reference," or "something xref," to "something dimension." As these organizations build multidimensional data marts, they often place a view on top of their reference table and feel good about how quickly and efficiently they complete their data mart.
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Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

  • The Importance of the Relational System Catalog The heart of any relational database management system is the system catalog that documents the database objects and system settings being used. The system catalog offers a wealth of information about your DBMS. You can think of it as the knowledge base of every piece of data known to the system. For this reason, it is important that DBAs understand what is in the system catalog, as well as how to access and manipulate the information it contains.
Recent articles by Craig S. Mullins
Kevin Kline

SQL Server Drill Down

Kevin Kline

  • SQL Server Named DBMS of the Year Way back in the summer of 2014, I told you about how I used DB-Engines to determine the popularity of various data management tools and vendor platforms. At that time, I explained how I used DB-Engines.com and Google Trends to see where the overall trends that I'm interested in are headed. Staying up with the trends isn't just for fashionistas!
Recent articles by Kevin Kline
Guy Harrison

MongoDB Matters

Guy Harrison

  • MongoDB: The Story So Far Welcome to the inaugural MongoDB Matters column, which will appear six times a year in Database Trends and Applications. Over the past 8 years, we've seen a truly once-in-a-generation explosion of new database technologies which have challenged—if not overthrown—the dominance of the venerable relational database. Of all these upstart databases, MongoDB seemed to us to most deserve dedicated coverage because of its strong momentum and adoption.
Recent articles by Guy Harrison
  • Should You Build or Buy Database Monitoring? There are many points in life where you may ask yourself whether it is better to build or buy. Think of a new house, a business, or an application. Regardless of the object of discussion, answering certain upfront questions can act as a guide to help you along the path to the right solution. Given the increasing importance, complexity, and breadth of database systems, the question of whether to build or to buy database monitoring is an important one to consider.
Recent articles by Gerardo Dada

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