RDX 2017 Top Database Trends Series- Microsoft & Oracle Hybrid DBMS Clouds

By Chris Foot on Jan 30

The database market landscape no longer consists of a handful of traditional database vendor offerings. The database market arena has exploded with dozens of new database offerings and architectures from organizations that range the spectrum. Competition from super-sized, nontraditional database vendors, open source offerings and startups are feeding the rapid escalation of advancements in database technologies.

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RDX 2017 Top Database Trends- SQL Server on Linux

By Chris Foot on Jan 30

In this second article of our 2017 Database Trends series, we analyze Microsoft’s SQL Server on Linux offering.   We evaluate the impact the new offering will have on the database market arena and, more specifically, what the consequences will be for the Microsoft vs Oracle war for DBMS market dominance.

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RDX 2017 Top Database Trends- Multi-Model Databases & NoSQL Vendor Consolidation

By Chris Foot on Jan 30

In this third installment of our 2017 Database Trends analysis series, we focus our attention on the emergence of multi-model database management systems.  We examine the impact the larger database vendors will have on their smaller, NoSQL competitors.  In addition, we also discuss the premise that the vendor with the best technology doesn’t always win the battle for market share – or even survive as a viable competitor in some cases.

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RDX 2017 Top Database Trends- The Rising Interest in Open Source Database Offerings

By Chris Foot on Jan 30

In the final installment of our 2017 Database Trends analysis series, we evaluate the database community’s rising interest in open source database offerings.   We discuss the impact these upstart competitors will have on the industry heavyweights that include Oracle, Microsoft and IBM.

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Automation’s Impact on IT Knowledge Workers

By Chris Foot on Jan 30

Process automation, because of its wide range of application, takes many forms. Manufacturing companies have been using industrial robots to replace activities traditionally performed by humans for some time. Business process automation shares the same goal: to replace business functions performed by humans with software applications. Work activities that are repetitive in nature and require little intelligent analysis and decision making to complete are prime candidates for process automation.

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Who Will Win the Database Wars?: Cloud Vs On-Premises DBMS

By Chris Foot on Dec 15

Introduction

This article series analyzes the most significant areas of database vendor competition.  Each post will focus on a particular battlefield in the database wars, which allows readers to quickly navigate to the competitive analysis that they are most interested in.  This first installment of the Who Will Win the Database Wars series provides a competivite analysis of cloud and on-premises architectures.

In addition to this comparison, the series also includes:

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Who Will Win the Database Wars? Public Cloud DBMS Services- Amazon Vs Oracle and Microsoft

By Chris Foot on Dec 15

This is the second installment in the Who Will Win the Database Wars series which analyzes the most significant areas of database vendor competition. In addition to this comparison, the series also includes the following competitive assessments:

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Who Will Win the Database Wars? The Traditional “Big Three”: Oracle, Microsoft and IBM vs Everybody Else

By Chris Foot on Dec 15

This is the third installment in the Who Will Win the Database Wars series which analyzes the most significant areas of database vendor competition. In addition to this comparison, the series also includes the following competitive assessments:

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Who Will Win the Database Wars? Relational vs NoSQL Database Models

By Chris Foot on Dec 15

 This is the fourth installment in the Who Will Win the Database Wars series which analyzes the most significant areas of database vendor competition. In addition to this comparison, the series also includes the following competitive assessments:

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Who Will Win the Database Wars? Open Source Vs Commercial Database Systems

By Chris Foot on Dec 15

This is the final installment in the Who Will Win the Database Wars series which analyzes the most significant areas of database vendor competition. In addition to this comparison, the series also includes the following competitive assessments:

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Considering Cloud DBMS Systems? Choose Your Architecture Wisely!

By Chris Foot on Oct 19

Databases in the Cloud
Technology leaders are being inundated with a flood of new cloud architectures, strategies and products – all guaranteed by vendors and various industry pundits to solve all of our database challenges.  The seemingly endless array of public cloud based DBMS offerings can quickly become bewildering.  This article is intended to peel back the veil of cloud based DBMS offerings by providing readers with our experiences with cloud based database architectures.

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The DBA Detective- It Takes More Than Tools to Solve Performance Problems

By Chris Foot on Sep 28

Those who excel at tuning understand that the tuning process starts with an understanding of the problem and continues with the administrator collecting statistical information. Information collection begins at a global level and then narrows in scope until the problem is pinpointed. This article provides hints and tips that can be used to determine what architectural component is causing the problem.  

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The DBA Best Practices Series Part 3- Reducing Organizational Risk

By Chris Foot on Jul 19

We learned in previous articles that it takes more than just being a great technician to keep your customers happy.  The theme of this series is that if you want to be viewed as a strategic resource in your organization, being a technical expert isn’t enough.  Because of the trade you have chosen, the DBA position provides you with an excellent opportunity to play a more strategic role in your organization.

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Remote DBA Benefits Comparison Series- Part 4- Can I Still Get Personalized Service Remotely?

By Chris Foot on Jul 12

This is Part 4 of a series that compares in-house personnel, consultants and remote DBA service providers.  In Part 1, we talked about the cost reduction benefits that remote DBA service providers offer customers.  In Part 2, we discussed service continuity and quality as well as the flexibility benefits customers receive when utilizing a remote DBA service provider.  In Part 3, we reviewed the benefits of collective knowledge and deep dive subject matter expertise.

In part 4 of the Remote DBA Benefits Comparison Series, we’ll discuss how remote DBA providers deliver personalized services to customers.  I use RDX’s service delivery approach as an example of how remote DBA providers can exceed the quality of work performed by in-house personnel or consultants.

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