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A relational database is a set of formally described tables from which data can be accessed or reassembled in many different ways without having to reorganize the database tables. The standard user and application programming interface (API) of a relational database is the Structured Query Language (SQL). SQL statements are used both for interactive queries for information from a relational database and for gathering data for reports.

Posted August 08, 2018

Still a relatively new solution coming into its own streaming platforms allow individuals to see data in real-time batches. Streaming solutions can help businesses analyze data in motion, simplify the development of applications, and extend the value of existing systems by integrating with already implemented applications along with supporting both structured and unstructured data.

Posted August 08, 2018

Expanding its range of services, in 2017, Dell Boomi acquired ManyWho, a provider of a unified cloud and low-code development platform that helps simplify workflow automation. Recently, Steve Wood, chief product officer at Boomi, talked about what's ahead for Boomi, what it means to be a connected business in the new hybrid cloud era, and the importance of low-code development.

Posted July 02, 2018

A distributed cloud database is a database in which operational data is spread across different physical locations—for example, across different data centers, across hybrid clouds (such as private and/or public clouds), different public cloud regions of a public cloud, or even different public clouds.

Posted July 02, 2018

"ECM is dead," proclaimed Michael Woodbridge in a Gartner blog post earlier this year. And, the fact is, today's legacy enterprise content management (ECM) systems and other traditional approaches to managing information are no longer feasible in a world where 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day—resulting in general confusion when itcomes to document management.

Posted July 02, 2018

Today's business landscape is more dynamic than ever. Stringent regulations, new revenue models, and high customer expectations are forcing organizations to evolve or face being overrun by more nimble competitors. Chief data officers (CDOs) and chief information officers (CIOs) of established businesses are looking to digital transformation as a key initiative to drive organizational change.

Posted July 02, 2018

You are moving to the cloud. That means your data is moving to the cloud, too. But, are you prepared for the challenges that you will face when moving your databases to the cloud?

Posted July 02, 2018

The hype around blockchain technology as it relates to cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin is reaching an all-time high, but enterprise organizations are taking a longer-term, more measured approach.

Posted July 02, 2018

There's a new generation of technologies reshaping data management as we know it. To explore some of the game-changing technologies or approaches that are having the most profound impact on today's enterprises, DBTA asked industry experts and leaders to cite what they see as having the most positive impact. The following are eight areas effecting the most change.

Posted July 02, 2018

A shifting environment—from batch-oriented databases housed in server rooms to digital, software-defined data centers powering analytics-driven business decisions—has led to a dramatic expansion of the DBA or data management role.

Posted July 02, 2018

Innovative vendors are helping to point the way forward with technologies and services to take advantage of the wealth of data that is pouring into companies. This sixth DBTA 100 list spans a wide variety of companies that are each addressing the evolving demands for hardware, software, and services. Some are long-standing companies with well-established offerings that have evolved over time, while others are much newer to the data scene.

Posted June 14, 2018

At Data Summit 2018, Jeff Fried, director of product management at InterSystems, considered the value of polyglot persistence versus a multi-model database approach. 

Posted June 01, 2018

NVMe quickly gained a foothold in the client space as the storage interface of choice for higher end desktops, laptops, and even phones. In the enterprise space NVMe has been used as a direct-attached storage (DAS) option, where storage is accessed through a PCIe interface on the CPU within the server. The advent of NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) promises to expand the utility of NVMe in the datacenter beyond just a DAS replacement, which will push the demand for flash storage even higher.

Posted June 01, 2018

The unprecedented volumes of data now pouring forth from virtualization technologies and cloud-based infrastructure have taxed traditional storage architectures beyond their limits. Organizations want to store their data in an efficient and affordable way that is also flexible. Software-defined storage (SDS) meets these criteria and, therefore, is enjoying a surge in adoption.

Posted June 01, 2018

It's spring-cleaning season, meaning many diligent homeowners are busy trying to organize their closets and homes in preparation for the spring and summer. Organizations, both small and large, also must keep up with cleaning their virtual dust bunnies on a regular basis, just as one would do within their own home.

Posted June 01, 2018

Since the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect in May 2018, organizations have  hopefully already emerged from the strategy phase and are now well into implementation. However, the nuances of GDPR are something most of us are still trying to comprehend—and we probably won't truly understand all of it for a while. In the hustle to reach compliance, errors will likely have been made. In the process of GDPR planning and execution, there are four key areas that companies need to be wary of. If not managed carefully, they can slow down the process of achieving, and maintaining, compliance goals.

Posted June 01, 2018

As the value and volume of data continues to rise, the need to effectively assess and communicate data-related risks has never been greater. Business executives need a focused set of metrics that enable fast and effective decisions. IT and security pros often lack the right metrics, information, and approach needed to embed themselves into business conversations and positively affect data security practices.

Posted May 08, 2018

When it comes to capturing and analyzing data, IT departments have more choices today than ever before. And choice is a good thing. However, in order to pick the right tool for the job, enterprises need to fully understand the business requirements as well as choices. DBTA recently held a webinar with Brian Bulkowski, CTO and founder of Aerospike, and Jean-Pierre Dijcks, master product manager, big data, Oracle, who discussed the key differences between Hadoop, NoSQL,  and RDBMS and how to choose between them.

Posted May 08, 2018

Neural networks and deep learning are frequently recognized as the key to futuristic innovations like facial recognition, with consumers paying up for the novelty of using their visage to unlock their phones, and police squads partnering with AI startups to catch criminals. But the use cases for neural nets extend well beyond those flashy scenarios, and innovations in hardware are enhancing accessibility, signaling that it's time for more companies to find appropriate business cases for their industry.

Posted May 08, 2018

Organizations worldwide are grappling with the requirements of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and it's no secret that finding ways to remain compliant has become one of the most visible challenges, and one that has dominated the conversation. What's more pertinent; however, is the root of the problem: outdated systems which organizations use to track and understand where their data lives. This has grown more difficult day-by-day, as the amount of data collected by organizations grows exponentially. GDPR is a good forcing function to spur them to dig into this problem before it gets worse.

Posted May 08, 2018

Today, data is understood to be the fuel that propels companies' growth and success. As a result, safeguarding that valuable resource is more important—but also harder—than ever. To help companies on their journey to data security and compliance, DBTA and Big Data Quarterly have launched the 2018 Cybersecurity Sourcebook, a "go-to" resource for IT and business stakeholders looking for real direction on the challenges and imperatives of cybersecurity and new regulatory initiatives.

Posted May 08, 2018

It's time to vote for the 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. Voting ends Friday, May 11, 2018, so be sure cast your ballot now for the candidates of your choice.

Posted May 08, 2018

Innovative organizations in a range of fields are using ground-breaking tools to put data to work for a variety of purposes—in some cases, with life-saving results. At Data Summit 2018, Fabricio Silva, an informationist at Knowledgent, and Yan Ge, director of data analytics, Global R&D, Data Science Institute, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, will showcase how Knowledgent's technology is improving diagnostics for the global pharmaceuticals company during a presentation, titled "Disrupting Paradigms with Analytics."

Posted May 08, 2018

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) deadline quickly approaching in May, many organizations are scrambling to get their customer information systems in order to meet the requirements. Any company that collects and processes the personal data of European citizens and residents—whether it is names, IP addresses, photos, videos, health and biometric info, or other types of data—will be impacted.

Posted April 12, 2018

Today's global economy runs on data. Every day, individuals are providing data, while companies collect it. The rapid growth and volume of this data has been overwhelming and nearly impossible to manage. But, as the value of data increases, so does the interest from outside, including potentially nefarious sources. What's required are newer, specific safeguards that address the myriad of data challenges brought about by the digital age.

Posted April 12, 2018

Bitcoin was the hot topic in financial and tech circles in 2017. The decentralized digital currency jumped from just under $1,000 at the start of the year to a $20,000 all-time high in December. The real game-changer here isn't Bitcoin, though, but the technology that powers it, known as blockchain. Despite volatility and suspicion marking the crypto-market, the blockchain concept could be a truly revolutionary innovation.

Posted April 12, 2018

If you're looking for a popular database management system (DBMS) platform, Microsoft SQL Server is a solid choice. Research from Gartner shows it's among the most widely deployed platforms in the category—second only to Oracle—with more than 20% of the DBMS market's $34.4 billion total. SQL Server also is experiencing rapid growth. Industry data from 2016 shows that SQL Server revenue rose more than that of Oracle and even of the market overall, with 10.3% growth.

Posted April 12, 2018

Digitization is transforming business faster than ever before—with software and technology now deeply ingrained in the core of organizations' operations and business functions, rather than siloed in IT. While companies reap the benefits of digital transformation, not every organization is prepared for the double-edged sword that comes with the widespread implementation of software and technology: audits.

Posted April 12, 2018

"Digital transformation" is a term that can both unite and divide audiences in a single conversation. Delve into the topic at a conference or a cocktail party, and people within earshot will quickly agree that it's a good thing—an initiative that every organization should undertake if it wants to stay competitive. But just as quickly, the same people will start a debate about what digital transformation really is and what an organization should do to make it happen.

Posted April 12, 2018

The impact of cognitive computing technologies—including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)—is increasingly being felt in data centers and database operations of all sizes, across all industries. Research shows that AI and related cognitive technologies are no longer just experiments conducted by computer or data scientists—they are part of a real-world technology wave that is already showing tangible business results.

Posted April 12, 2018

Keeping data highly available is no longer a simple matter of backing up one database with an up-to-the-second copy of another. Today's enterprise data environments are complex, with many database platforms and modes of computing. A hybrid data infrastructure calls for new approaches to data replication. This is one of the takeaways of a recent survey of 285 IT managers and professionals, conducted by Unisphere Research among members of the Independent Oracle Users Group.

Posted April 12, 2018

Presented once each year by three major Oracle users groups—Independent Oracle Users Group, Oracle Applications Users Group, and Quest International Users Group—COLLABORATE is one event focused solely on the spectrum of Oracle technologies and solutions that you can count on to get information from experts and fellow users about practical implications, real-world use cases, and how to benefit from new solutions and overcome difficulties you may be having.

Posted March 14, 2018

Every organization is unique. So is every Oracle user. Enter COLLABORATE 18: Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community (April 22-26 in Las Vegas). Designed to serve the evolving educational needs of today's users, COLLABORATE offers 12,00 informative sessions and events carefully selected by volunteers, Oracle pros themselves, from a global call for content. While there's no "one-size-fits-all," there is something for everyone.

Posted March 14, 2018

From April 22 to April 26, 2018, Oracle users from across the world will gather in Las Vegas to attend the largest, user-led, user-focused event where you can get the real story about Oracle products, while experiencing in-depth education and networking to take your Oracle products to the next level.

Posted March 14, 2018

Everything around us today is an outcome of the Industrial Age. The 250-plus years of changes allow a toaster in every house, a car in every driveway, and a computer in every pocket. It's hard to imagine the amount of change that workers have gone through during this period. We are now on the journey through the Information Age, and it continues to change our world every day. The future is not written, but I know who will create it: Those that seek out the change.

Posted March 14, 2018

Database environments continue to increase in size and complexity while the challenge of maintaining the performance and availability of business-critical systems is also growing. A brand new study fielded among Database Trends and Applications readers and members of the Independent Oracle Users Group reveals that database professionals are being tasked with managing more database instances and platforms, and in greater sizes, than ever before - both on premises and in the cloud.

Posted March 07, 2018

Companies are collecting vast troves of information about their customers today, but to leverage the full value of that information they need the right tools and technologies, according to Zak Pines, VP-Marketing, Bedrock Data, who will present a session at Data Summit titled "Overcoming Data Silos to Get a Unified View of Customers."

Posted March 07, 2018

While artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing hold great promise, there are also practical considerations that must be considered in order to leverage its transformative effect, according to Hadley Reynolds, managing director, Cognitive Computing Consortium, who will present a keynote at Data Summit 2018 titled "Capturing Value with Cognitive Computing: Executing on Data Challenges."

Posted March 07, 2018

Presented once each year by three major Oracle users groups—Independent Oracle Users Group, Oracle Applications Users Group, and Quest International Users Group—COLLABORATE is one event focused solely on the spectrum of Oracle technologies and solutions that you can count on to get information from experts and fellow users about practical implications, real-world use cases, and how to benefit from new solutions and overcome difficulties you may be having.

Posted March 07, 2018

Machine learning offers a wealth of opportunity to companies in terms of faster response to opportunity, risk avoidance, sentiment analysis, fraud detection, and the ability to make targeted offers to customers. But along with the many answers it provides, it also presents a variety of thorny questions, according to David Weinberger, senior researcher with Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, who will give a keynote talk at Data Summit 2018 titled "Once We Know Everything."

Posted March 07, 2018

It's time to submit nominations for the 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. This year, there are 28 categories in which to submit nominations.

Posted March 07, 2018

Startups with a mission to address an unanswered problem continue to emerge in the tech sector. These companies tap into new and still emerging technologies such as cloud, IoT, machine learning, containerization, AI, NoSQL, and blockchain to provide fresh solutions that simply were not possible before.

Posted March 07, 2018

"Citizen developers"—those business users outside of the IT department who design or build their own applications—are more than a small band of rebels. A majority of organizations now rely on non-IT developers for at least some of their mission-critical applications. Few companies discourage such activity, and many are benefiting from the faster pace of software releases with which citizen developers play a part. 

Posted February 01, 2018

An astounding array of new technologies and approaches have emerged on the database scene over the past few years that promise to turn the next 12 months into a time of unprecedented transformation for the database landscape. There are new developments, along with reinforcement of tried-and-true technologies, some of which may help make the jobs of data managers just a bit easier.

Posted February 01, 2018

As we get deeper into winter, temperatures may be dropping, but data science in the enterprise will remain red hot as more organizations look to harness the power of data. Data science gives organizations the insights needed to improve business outcomes across industries. With "data scientist" topping the list of best jobs in the U.S. and the number of data science positions skyrocketing,  every company needs to get onboard the data train or risk getting run over by the competition. In particular, there are a few industries that are turning up the heat on data science in the coming year: aviation, cybersecurity, law enforcement, retail, and human resources. An eclectic list for sure, but all areas that are ripe for data science. 

Posted February 01, 2018

Large enterprises are facing a debt crisis. Not financial debt, but "data debt." It's a form of technical debt, and it can hamstring an organization's capacity to tackle new challenges and stifle its ability to innovate. For most large enterprises, the root of this problem lies in years of treating the data generated by their operational systems as a form of exhaust rather than as a fuel to deliver great services, build better products, and create competitive advantage.

Posted February 01, 2018

Download any app onto a smartphone these days and you'll be prompted by the same question: Do you want to turn location services on? For consumers, letting Google Maps or Waze know exactly where you are is a must — it's the essence of why those apps exist. But have you ever wondered why other types of businesses, from grocery stores to social media platforms, want to know where their patrons are at all times?

Posted February 01, 2018

Data lakes are often viewed as the ultimate silo breakers, integrating mountains of data frompoint solutions for ERP, CRM, enterprise data warehouse, cloud and on-premises applications.However, if the enterprise data lake is not leveraged appropriately, it often ends up being just adata dump or worse still a "data swamp."

Posted January 02, 2018

Self-service data discovery has been the buzz word in the BI industry for the past 3 years and is touted as the solution to many problems. Yet, the BI industry has a dismal adoption rate of only 22%, which has plagued the industry for several years. In response to this grim number, we must look around for a solution in other sectors that provides self-service to millions of people without any IT support. In essence, we are looking for a self-service paradigm that can give us insights about how to solve the adoption challenge and learn from it.

Posted January 02, 2018

The deadline looms on the horizon. On May 25, 2018, the European Union will enact some of the most stringent data privacy regulations the world has ever seen. These regulations will impact thousands of companies around the world, not only EU-based organizations but any company that collects or processes personal data on EU residents. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) recognizes the "fundamental right" of people to control what data is stored about them and how it is used.

Posted January 02, 2018

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