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Revolutionizing Business Performance with Next-Generation Mobile-Mainframe Integration

We are in the midst of a business performance revolution, one where companies and customers alike expect instant access to the tools of commerce from anywhere at any time. Mobility is integral to this revolution, as the enterprise mobility phenomenon is quickly becoming a key driver of business innovation. Read More

5 Steps to Consider as You Embark into the World of NoSQL

At the most fundamental level, consider that at the end of the day NoSQL and SQL are essentially performing the same core task — storing data to a storage medium and providing a safe and efficient way to later retrieve said data. Sounds pretty simple — right? Well, it really is with a little planning and research. Here's a simple checklist of 5 steps to consider as you embark into the world of NoSQL databases. Read More

The Unfolding Future: More Data, Not Enough Data Gurus

The managers and professionals who dedicate their careers to fundamental database administration are a shrinking pool. Many are retiring, while others have career aspirations outside of the IT department. The data profession itself is splintering into an array of new specialties and tasks—away from database administration and programming and toward higher-level data science and business consulting tasks. Read More

Big Analytics Redefines Enterprise Decision Making

Organizations have been collecting data for years, but never before has there been such urgency to have it immediately available. The business need is pressing—decision makers need up-to-the-minute situational awareness in a volatile global economy. Read More

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Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • Theory Means Never Having to Say ‘Performance’ It is fair to say that relational theory is the only solid framework for establishing a rational expression of data that falls anywhere inside the boundaries of formal logic. As people continue to laud the "death of relational" by coming up with one or other "new" physical implementations of coding or data engines, from object-oriented, XML, columnar, or anything else one might name, the primary short-coming is that these are physical implementations that avoid having any formalized logic underpinning them.
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Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

  • Improving Data Integrity Using Check Constraints Check constraints are supported in all of the major DBMS products, including DB2, Oracle, and SQL Server. But they are too-often ignored and not implemented in production databases. Properly defined, check constraints can provide enhanced data integrity without requiring procedural logic.
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Kevin Kline

SQL Server Drill Down

Kevin Kline

  • Preview of the PASS Summit 2014 The PASS Summit, put on each fall by the Professional Association for SQL Server is the biggest SQL Server specific event in the world and it brings in many thousands of people from around the world. Its secret ingredient is the remarkable sense of comradery and overall friendliness of this professional association.
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Guy Harrison

Notes on NoSQL

Guy Harrison

  • Real-Time Big Data With the Lambda Architecture One feature of the big data revolution is the acknowledgement that a single database management system architecture cannot meet all needs. However, the Lambda Architecture provides a useful pattern for combining multiple big data technologies to achieve multiple enterprise objectives. First proposed by Nathan Marz, it attempts to provide a combination of technologies that together can provide the characteristics of a web-scale system that can satisfy requirements for availability, maintainability, and fault-tolerance.
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