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DBAs and PBBAs – How Purpose Built Backup Appliances Help DBAs Manage Data Protection

Many database administrators now feel that the best way to preserve database reliability may be to take over the job of backing up their own databases. Just as end users are happier when they can do their own password resets or restore an accidentally deleted file, DBAs want greater control over their backups, restores and recoveries, and also the peace of mind of knowing that it is done to their standards. The key to making this work is integrating database applications with purpose built backup appliances (PBBAs). Read More

Three Reasons Why Midmarket Companies Need to Embrace Big Data … or Get Left Behind

The industry hype would have you believe that the key word in the phrase "big data" is big, a reference to datasets so large and complex that they cannot be managed within the confines of traditional IT systems and that the many opportunities for operational improvement that come from better analysis of data and information are reserved for those in the enterprise. Understandable, but completely wrong. Read More

Want to Rise Up in Your Organization? Real-Time Big Data Analytics Is the Wave to Catch

How do you catch the next big wave - not the wave everyone's already riding, but the one on the horizon? When it comes to big data, the next big wave is in-memory technologies, which accelerate data processing for faster, more accurate decisions. Read More

The Missing Link in Managing Data: Business Relevancy

The business relevancy of data is the number-one most misunderstood data problem that organizations face, as well as one of the most expensive. Understanding what it means to embrace the concept of business-relevant data is the first step toward a business-ready transformation. But how do organizations get there? Read More

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Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • How to Plan a Successful BI Initiative Commitment to the creation of a business intelligence environment means embracing a well-measured and thoughtful allocation of resources with the right skills, the right tools, the right scope, and the right timelines
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Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

  • The Ten Database Commandments to Ensure an Effective, Accurate, Well-Designed Database Lists help us to remember, impose order upon tasks, and provide guidance. Some lists have taken on great importance in the world and in our lives. The Bill of Rights is such a list. So is the Ten Commandments. But although we use lists to administer, program, and maintain our databases, there really is no overarching list of "things you should (or should not) do" to ensure an effective, accurate, well-designed database. So here is the list of Ten Database Commandments.
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Kevin Kline

SQL Server Drill Down

Kevin Kline

  • Tools to Evaluate Viability of Database Platforms As the manager for enterprise architecture in a very large IT organization, the C-suite executives frequently posed the question, "What database platform is best for this application today and for the future?" There are now some very powerful tools available to you to assess and track the viability of the various database platforms you might be considering.
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Guy Harrison

Applications Insight

Guy Harrison

  • A Comparison of Mobile Application Development Platforms Competitive differentiation in the mobile space depends only peripherally on the hardware - all modern smartphones have similar processing, display and networking capabilities. And, while some are notably superior in terms of a niche capability - cameras, for instance - it's the software, rather than the hardware, that separates the platforms.
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