July 2019

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Trends and Applications

Many enterprises started migrating to the cloud sooner (or migrated faster) than they even realized—through a rogue marketing department deploying a cloud lead tracking application, a finance group that stood up a cloud-based accounting service—or others that IT may not have vetted, secured, procured, and continuously monitored. Most enterprises have scores of these "shadow cloud" applications deployed with little-to-no planning, strategy, or skilled technical staff involved, posing risk to the organization.

Ransomware attacks faded from the headlines after the notorious WannaCry outbreak in 2017 and the frequency of attacks declined in 2018. And yet, with ransomware threats seemingly in the rearview mirror, cybersecurity experts and the Information Security Forum's 2018 Global Security Threat Outlook are suddenly forecasting a major resurgence of ransomware this year.

Nearly every week of 2018 featured headlines of a new cyberattack on companies that people trust with their data, such as Marriott and Facebook. In years past, the biggest concern for companies was being hit with hefty fines, but now, they risk reputation damage if they breach compliance mandates and regulations when they are attacked.

Earlier this year, Google became the first major tech giant to be hit with a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) fine—approximately $56.8 million. The stated reason: not giving users enough information about consent policies and sufficient control over how their personal data was being used. However, according to a recent report, 86% of businesses use live customer data for application testing because testers believe this provides the most realistic assessment of how an application will perform "in the wild" for real people. This poses significant risk to organizations.

Data Summit 2019 in Boston drew industry experts with deep knowledge spanning all areas of enterprise IT, including AI and machine learning, analytics, cloud, data warehousing, and software licensing who presented 3 days of thought-provoking sessions, keynotes, panel discussions, and hands-on workshops. Here are some key takeaways from the Data Summit 2019.

Everyone leaves an employer at some point. Better opportunities, reduction in workforce actions, termination, or management issues can all result in an employee departure. No matter the reason, everyone eventually leaves the company they work for.

Considering the importance that applications play in operating and/or driving commerce in many organizations, it is no wonder that DevOps is the crucible for these businesses' long-term health and realization of their roadmap.s In some enterprises—such as Amazon, Airbnb, Netflix, and Uber—the application set is the business. In others, there is more to the business than just the app—but the app plays a critical role to an initiative or process. The monumental significance of apps in either case has required the DevOps team to work with ingenuity, clarity, speed, and deep pragmatism in turning thoughts, ideas, and intended experiences into reality.

Columns - Database Elaborations

Data virtualization enables the ability to have one or more data stores that break the bank processing-wise, because they can physically exist once but logically exist in multiple transformed structures. Occasionally, IT managers get the idea that data virtualization is a more generic answer, presuming that if it works for the big data, it can work for all data.

Columns - DBA Corner

The latest release of Db2, version 11.5, unleashed on the world in June 2019, is being marketed by IBM as "The AI Database." AI promises to be one of the biggest technological game-changers of this century as it enables computing devices and systems to take on more activities that heretofore had to rely on a human. But, what does IBM mean by an AI database?

Columns - MongoDB Matters

MongoDB gained popularity with  developers very early on, but serious database engineers were often skeptical about MongoDB architecture and implementation.  One area that came under some criticism was cluster consistency.

MV Community

Evoke is releasing the final phase of its multiple developer system to its low-code Rapid App Development Platform, supporting a group of developers working on the same app at the same time. It is designed to maintain the integrity of the project by monitoring the development efforts of various developers, controlling the acceptance of these developments in to base projects, and maintaining version control of the project as a whole and that of the individual developer's sub-projects.

Recognizing benefits and challenges inherent in data management, each year, DBTA compiles a list of 100 companies that matter in data, showcasing vendors that are addressing the interconnected demands for hardware, software, and services that help customers unlock their data's potential. Several leading MultiValue companies make the cut, including Entrinsik, Kore Technologies, Revelation Software, and Rocket Software.

ONgroup is introducing a new web-based administration tool to simplify and streamline administration of the MVON# environment. Open files, program variables, subroutines and executes are all monitored, providing a holistic view of the system and how it is performing, allowing for continuous improvement and more effective administration of the MVON# system.