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Trends and Applications

Marketers, IT professionals, cloud experts, and regulatory teams all rely heavily on the availability of data on a near-daily basis. And while some of that data is within the walls of the organization, much of it is compiled from outside sources—which is often taken and used without permission. Enter GDPR.

In today's data-driven world, it's hard to find a company that doesn't take its data management and protection seriously. Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been quoted as saying that every 2 days, we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003. This statistic alone highlights the importance and need for top notch database administrators (DBAs) to manage the fast-growing data landscape among today's modern heterogeneous database environment.


Columns - Database Elaborations

Operational systems are where data is born. These systems either force people to enter their details or acquire the same from trusted sources. Names, addresses, merchandise selections, and credit card numbers are consumed. The operational solutions interact with users and compatriot applications to give birth to their raison d'etre, be it purchase orders, payroll checks, or any of the thousands of other documents and transactions.


Columns - DBA Corner

The job of a DBA is special in any organization. Large companies might have anywhere from three to six (or even more) DBAs on staff. But for small to mid-sized organizations, oftentimes there is only a single DBA putting on a one-person show. And they might not even be a DBA by training; there is even a term that describes a developer or system administrator who takes on the role of DBA because nobody else is doing it (see SolarWinds' white paper, "The Accidental DBA").


Columns - IOUG Insight

Normally, for this column, I would write a technical article or something on leadership. However, recently, I have been dealing with some career choices and I thought it might be interesting to write about my decision-making process.  Most of us have had at least one job change. What do you do when you are trying to figure it out? Do you talk to others? Do you think it to death? Is it just a flip of a coin? Below I'm going to highlight my process.


Columns - SQL Server Drill Down

With all of the hype around data being "the oil of the 21st century" and the rise of "the algorithm economy," it seems reasonable to make it a priority to learn more about how laws affect our lives as DBAs. The first law that I have targeted is probably the best-known data law in the U.S.—HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.


Columns - Next-Gen Data Management

If I were to ask if your database load profile is good, bad, or ugly, how would you reply? If you are unsure about how to answer that, you are not alone. There are a lot of factors that come into play—one of the biggest being, "Compared to what?" Most people would agree that having a historic baseline or profile of database activity is important. So, let's move beyond that and get into why it's important and what we can do with those historic datapoints.


Columns - Emerging Technologies

Virtual reality (VR)—the use of computers to create a complete simulation of a human reality—has been an active concept since the early days of digital computing and a popular theme in science fiction for many decades. The idea became part of mainstream consciousness with the release of The Matrix in 1999, in which the protagonist turned out to be living in a simulation indistinguishable from the real thing.


MV Community

Enterprises have probably heard of REST before. Companies may even have experience with building RESTful services. But what many may not have considered is how REST can help create web and mobile applications with MultiValue data. This can play a major role in extending the value of your MultiValue enterprise application, and it highlights the versatility of the major MultiValue products on the market today.

Columbia Ultimate Business Systems (CUBS) is a leader at providing integrated solutions for the collections industry and is one of the largest resellers of JBASE. CUBS leverages the Zumasys Cloud and IT solutions expertise to offer clients across all platforms and configurations a service model that has transformed their IT infrastructure.

Kore Technologies is attending the Epicor Users Group iSolutions/Prelude user conference on October 8-10, and will be showcasing its latest solutions. The Epicor Users Group is an independent, non-profit, global organization comprised of companies using Epicor Software.

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