Discover Whether Polyglot Persistence or Multi-Model Databases are the Right Fit at Data Summit 2018

An abundance of database types are flourishing so much so that those who tout “polyglot persistence” insist that one size cannot fit all and focus on integrating multiple data stores.

However, multi-model databases are also on the rise and may be a better fit than using multiple data stores.

Jeff Fried, CTO, BA Insight will discuss the pros and cons of both approaches at Data Summit 2018 during his session titled, “Polyglot Persistence Versus Multi-Model Databases.”

Data Summit 2018 will take place at the Hyatt Regency Boston, May 22-23, with pre-conference workshops on Monday, May 21.

Fried will discuss the state of the industry and trends in handling multiple use cases with these two camps in the industry.

“In polyglot persistence the idea is that you use specialized data stores for different purposes and they you stitch them together when you’re building an application,” Fried said. “In the multi-model database camp you have a universal store and use it directly when you build applications.”

Because the world is speeding up, there isn’t one way people want to consume or use data, it’s important to address a variety of needs with new and emerging options, Fried said.

The session is timely because there have been some significant advances in multi-model databases that have been an academic curiosity. These tools have become more prevalent in production systems, while progress has soared in polyglot persistence.

“There’s sort of a current collision between these competing camps that make it confusing for architects, for businesses trying to harness their data, and for developers and this is a time where things are coming to a head,” Fried said.

This will be Fried’s first time talking about this topic at Data Summit and he’s eager to do so. Previously he’s spoken about interoperability and data quality at past Data Summit events.

“I think Data Summit is great because it’s not vendor lined, it’s neutral, it’s not so deep in the bits and bytes that you lose sight of the why yet it’s down to hands on and you get the topical things like: Hadoop Day, Cloud Day and Analytics and Cognitive Computing, that makes it very compelling,” Fried said.

He’s excited about learning different perspectives from attendees at the conference along with attending the new Cognitive Computing Summit.

“I think that the traditional big data Hadoop is contributing to the trough of disillusionment so I’m expecting there’ll be a lot of interest in nitty gritty of how to get business value out of a data lake, which I’ll also touch on in my talk,” Fried said.

Fried’s session will take place on Tuesday May 22, at 12:00 pm.

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