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5 Big Data Trends Moving into the Spotlight in 2015

It is no secret that we are in the data age. Data comes at us from all directions, in all shapes and sizes.Incumbent vendors and startups constantly add new features, build on top of emerging open source projects, and claim to solve the next wave of challenges. Within the Hadoop ecosystem alone, there are (at least) 11 Hadoop-related open source projects. Making sense of it can be a time-consuming headache. To bring clarity and peace of mind, here are the top 5 big data predictions for 2015 and beyond. Read More

How Businesses Are Driving Big Data Transformation

In 2014, we continued to watch big data enable all things "big" about data and its business analytics capabilities. We also saw the emergence (and early acceptance) of Hadoop Version 2 as a data operating platform, with cornerstones of YARN (Yet Another Resource Negotiator) and HDFS (Hadoop Distributed File System). In 2015, the mainstream adoption with enterprise data strategies and acceptance of the data lake will continue as data management and governance practices provide further clarity. The cautionary tale of 2014 to ensure business outcomes drive big data adoption, rather than the hype of previous years, will likewise continue. Read More

8 Steps to Building a Modern Data Architecture

The old models of data architecture aren't enough for today's data-driven business demands. An architecture designed a decade ago, that rapidly and seamlessly moves data from production systems into data warehouses, for example, may not be capable of meeting the needs of today's real-time enterprises. Here are the 8 essential components to building a modern data architecture. Read More

Upgrading to SQL Server 2012/2014 - How to Overcome the Top 5 ‘Gotchas’

SQL Server 2012/2014 delivers compelling new capabilities that make an upgrade worthwhile. However, along the upgrade path, companies have also discovered key obstacles to achieving the new opportunities. Without awareness and understanding about these challenges - and their potential consequences - an organization's upgrade to SQL Server 2012/2014 can be costly, inefficient, and plagued by system errors. Here are the top 5 SQL Server 2012/2014 ‘gotchas' as well as tips for addressing them. Read More

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Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • Database Design: Truth is in the Eye of the Beholder Many designers seem to approach a database design as if there is a single objective reality that circumscribes all truth and that happens to align with exactly how they see the world. Honestly, is it expected that there is an absolute truth for everything? And that single absolute truth goes from the highest level of abstraction to the lowest level of detail?
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Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

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Kevin Kline

SQL Server Drill Down

Kevin Kline

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Guy Harrison

Applications Insight

Guy Harrison

  • Who Watches the Smart Watch? Smart watches can perform continuous biometric validation (through pulse signatures and other cues), and are always at hand - or at least, at wrist. Coupled with the ability to continually monitor health and fitness, and perhaps even the ability to include basic phone capability, there are real advantages to be had as smart watches mature.
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  • Is the Database Administration Profession Disappearing or Just Evolving? With the new tools available that allow companies to monitor database resources, pinpoint the root cause of problems, speed up applications, and prevent crashes, some may wonder if companies will need DBAs at all in the future. However, the risk to DBAs and technology professionals as a whole is not that their jobs are going away, but that they may opt to not take the time to understand and use the tools and technologies that will allow them to be better professionals. This can place them at a disadvantage to their peers and curtail their ability to add value to the organization, therefore limiting their careers.
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