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Data Summit Connect Fall 2020: It’s Time to Reconnect

Data Summit Connect Fall 2020, a free series of data management and analytics webinars presented by DBTA and Big Data Quarterly, will take place October 20-22. With travel plans still on hold, it is more important than ever to stay connected and in touch with the latest technologies and industry trends. The call for speakers is now open. Read More

DBTA Readers’ Choice Awards Winners (2020)

In the future, the year 2020 may be seen as the critical turning point for digital transformation. The COVID-19 crisis has prompted individuals and organizations to reevaluate how they function, increasing reliance on online transactions, new strategies for collaboration and management, and innovative work-from-home approaches. The result has been a dramatic spike in data, which, of course, is the lifeblood of business today. To help companies make their data-driven goals a reality, each year, Database Trends and Applications presents the Readers' Choice Awards, providing an opportunity to recognize companies whose products are selected by experts—you, the readers. Read More

The Changing Role of the Data Storage Manager

As hybrid cloud models evolve into the new standard for enterprise storage and the ability to quickly and easily extract value from digital assets becomes ever-more important, storage expertise remains critical. According to Gartner, by 2025, 40% of workloads will reside in the public cloud, 30% at the edge and 30% on-premise—compared to the 80% on-premise in 2019. However, storage managers must move beyond their traditional roles in response to this changing landscape—a challenge that many are embracing. Read More

Accelerate Analytics by Prioritizing Attention, Not Accuracy

It has never been easier for businesses to collect significant amounts of data about their customers, their business, and their operations. However, there must be proper processes and systems in place to streamline the approach of making sense of all this data. Otherwise, it can be a needle in a haystack type of situation, limited by time and bandwidth even though the answer is in there. Read More



Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • The Importance of Canonical Data Models An enterprise conceptual data model is often seen as a high mountain to be climbed, a journey that will last a lifetime. People have visions of 10 feet or more of wall in the corporate offices wallpapered with an entity relationship diagram [ERD] that has zillions of teeny, tiny boxes and more relationship lines than the combined lines of queuing patrons in all Disney Resorts, when full. In this context, an enterprise conceptual data model is a daunting task not to be taken lightly. But in today's world, that enterprise conceptual data model can simply be a list of subject areas.
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Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

  • Development DBAs Versus Production DBAs Both development and production database administration are required to support database applications. However, it is not usually necessary to have different DBA staffs to perform the different roles. Indeed, intimate knowledge of how a database application was developed can make it easier to support that application once it becomes operational in the production world. But the bottom line is this: You will need to define, plan for, and staff both development and production DBA roles in order to create useful database applications.
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Kevin Kline

SQL Server Drill Down

Kevin Kline

  • Keep Up With the Latest SQL Server Updates Here's one big advantage to moving to Microsoft Azure SQL Database—you never have to patch. That's all well and good, but most of the SQL Server installed license base is still on-premise. If you're in this category, then it is essential that you keep up with patching and security fixes regularly. The information in this article is the sort that experienced SQL Server DBAs keep close at hand. So, let's take a few minutes to walk through the details of how to do that.
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Guy Harrison

MongoDB Matters

Guy Harrison

  • MongoDB 4.4's Most Critical Features This year, an in-person MongoDB World conference in New York City was inconceivable. With NYC and the world still in various levels of COVID-19 lockdown, MongoDB World was held in the cloud as a virtual event—MongoDB.Live—in the first week of June. Holding the annual conference in the cloud is quite apt in many ways.
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  • The Growth of PostgreSQL as a Tier-1 RDBMS While has been around since 1996, its origins go back to the mid-1980s, when Michael Stonebraker, who led the Berkeley team that developed Ingres, started a new project called Postgres to build upon the ideas in Ingres. While most PostgreSQL users rely upon the free and open source implementation, there are several variants.
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