Irony is a funny thing. Some people look at irony and think that the world is taking at a jab at them, made for a sort of cosmic laugh. For others, they shrug it it off and chalk it up as a part of life. When irony does rear its head, it's always fascinating to see how it happened and how we could potentially avoid it next time.
If someone gets seriously injured or falls ill, how long should they wait to go to the hospital? For most, if not all, respondents, the answer would be "immediately." When there is a problem that can be fixed to prevent any further damage, it should be remedied as soon as possible. And if this is the case, why would enterprises wait to fix vulnerabilities within their database? For whatever reason, it appears that many companies identify vulnerabilities, yet fail to do anything about them for a long time. Why do enterprises fail to patch the holes in the databases when they could be infiltrated and exploited at any moment?
There are lots of trends in the technology world that fade into the background before long. In the early 2000s, cell phones were popularly tiny - the smaller the better. Of course, now that people want the most bang for their buck, screen sizes have increased, thus rendering small phones passe. However, not all fads go out of style. For instance, PostgreSQL has been around for the better part of 15 years and has remained a strong competitor in the database game the entire time. Only recently has the server been making strong moves upward.
One of the key measurements IT support teams can use to evaluate their performance is analyzing customer feedback. Although this article focuses on DBA support units (that's what we do), the principles can be applied to any team desiring to provide high quality service to its customers. At RDX, we have established a customer feedback engine that consists of multiple communication contact points and delivery mechanisms to ensure that we receive a constant flow of service quality information. We elicit feedback from all personnel that we support including customer management, DBAs, developers and end-users.
Did you know that with BLU Acceleration, your DB2 multiplies its performance by up to 25 times when conducting analytical queries?
Letting go of a good thing can be tough to do. Much like an old favorite sweater that has seen better days, software programs will run their course and no longer be able to serve well. Though it can be sad to see a beloved member of the team be put out to pasture, 10 years is considered ancient in database years. By this time next year, product support for SQL Server 2005 will be no more, and businesses will have to make do with updated services.
Because SQL is the de facto option for interacting with relational databases, knowing this language is valuable for everyone from DBAs to engineers to product managers.
As the popularity of big data continues to grow, the business intelligence and analytics software market is reaching new levels of maturity.