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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 and in-person meetings difficult, it is more important than ever to stay connected and in touch with peers and industry experts, and also to keep up-to-date 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

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Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • Database Elaborations: When Is Enough Actually Enough? IT management can often succumb to repeated patterns of behavior. One of those repeated patterns is accusing developers of being "perfectionists." The developer or developers in question will be told that they should not strive for perfection, because perfection is not needed for the circumstance, and, more importantly, attempts at perfection take too long. Is the developer a closet perfectionist? Maybe, maybe not.
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Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

  • The Plight of the Modern DBA This month, we are going to take a high-level look into the state of modern database administration. If you read the title of this article, you most certainly noticed the word "plight." That word was chosen specifically for the situation modern DBAs find themselves in. If you look up that term, you'll see words such as "difficult," "trying," and "unpleasant" in the definition. If you do not agree that DBAs are finding themselves in a plight, perhaps you will by the time you read through this column.
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Kevin Kline

SQL Server Drill Down

Kevin Kline

  • The Java Language Extension for SQL Server Is Now Open Source Microsoft continues to make positive strides in the world of open source. The company once considered open source software to be an anathema, but now it's common for Microsoft to pull software from—and also push software to—the open source software community.
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Guy Harrison

Emerging Technologies

Guy Harrison

  • Microsoft Embraces Distributed Identity In the early days of the internet, a famous New Yorker cartoon noted, "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." The cartoon was making the point that the internet allowed for truly anonymous interactions in a manner we had not seen before. The anonymity of the internet is as much a feature as a bug. The internet was initially designed to be censorship-resistant, and anonymity—by eliminating the possibility of punishing speech—reduced the potential for censorship.
Recent articles by Guy Harrison
  • Considerations for Virtualized Database Instances Virtualization of x86 servers is ubiquitous for obvious reasons. Cost savings, efficiencies in provisioning virtual machines (VMs), recoverability, and the ability to move workloads are a few of them. There are, however, key VM and host metrics and events you should keep an eye on if you suspect your database performance is being impacted by running in a virtual machine. Let's walk through those metrics using VMware ESXi as the basis of the discussion.
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