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March 2018

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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.

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."

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.

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."

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."

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.


Columns - Database Elaborations

Many organizations talk about data governance, but rather than establishing an ongoing governance process that is involved with every project, the governance is viewed as a one-time task to be slogged through, over with and done. Such myopic approaches will only lead to failure. Data governance is like life, it is the journey, not a destination.Proper data governance brings commonality to an organization; it leads the journey to a single version of the truth. A single version of the truth does not mean everyone must kowtow to a single metric, but it does mean distinct calculations unique to dissimilar sub-groups have different specific names at the corporate level, even if those naming differences are subtle.


Columns - DBA Corner

DBAs spend a great deal of time monitoring and managing the performance of database systems and applications. But it doesn't have to be such a large percentage of their time. Yes, changing data patterns, requirements, and time will always conspire together to create performance problems. But more can be done to avoid the up-front poor performance of most database applications.


Columns - MongoDB Matters

It's understandable that those new to MongoDB - a so-called "schema free" database - might assume that they no longer need to be concerned with the art-science of data modeling. However, in reality data modeling is just as important in MongoDB as in other databases. Indeed, because of some of the modeling principles for MongoDB are less well understood, arguably, more attention needs to be given to the data modeling process.  


MV Community

Groware is one of Canada's leading providers of software for the grower and nursery markets. Over the years, the company's software has been through several iterations. This year, Groware partnered with global IT company Bluefinity International to use its rapid app development platform Evoke.

Duplicates are often the exact opposite of what we want. The discovery of one's evil clone, for instance, would be far from an ideal scenario, in most people's minds. In all seriousness, though, one hardly need look to science fiction for examples of how the proliferation of duplicates is a common nuisance of our modern lives.

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