Author Archives: craig@craigsmullins.com

About craig@craigsmullins.com

I'm a strategist, researcher, and consultant with nearly three decades of experience in all facets of database systems development.

A Look at Data Professional’s Salaries

The annual ComputerWorld IT Salary Survey for 2017 was recently published and it contains a great wealth of interesting data. So, as I’ve done in the past, this post will summarize its findings and report on what is going on … Continue reading

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Why isn’t e-mail more easily queryable?

Today’s blog post is just a short rumination on finding stuff in my vast archive of email… Do you ever wonder why e-mail systems don’t use database management technology?  Don’t you store some of your e-mails for long periods of … Continue reading

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One of the Top Database Blogs on the Web

Very proud to announce that the Data & Technology Today blog was selected as one of the top 60 database blogs on the web by Feedspot. You can read all about it here – as well as learn about 59 … Continue reading

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News from IBM InterConnect 2017

This week I am in Las Vegas for the annual IBM InterConnect conference. IBM touts the event as a way to tap into the most advanced cloud technology in the market today. And that has merit, but there is much … Continue reading

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Inside the Data Reading Room – Analytics Edition

If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that, from time-to-time, I review data-related books. Of course, it has been over a year since the last book review post, so this post is long overdue. Today, I … Continue reading

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Time to Plan Your Trip to IBM InterConnect 2017

I am looking forward to attending this year’s IBM InterConnect conference in Las Vegas, NV the week of March 19-23, 2017. And after reading my blog post today I bet you will be interested in attending, too! The first thing you … Continue reading

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Data Technology Today’s 2016 Year in Review

Well, another year has come and gone and I thought it might be interesting to share a bit about this blog’s activity in 2016. It was an active year that saw 17 new posts, down a bit from 2015, but … Continue reading

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A Good Start for Your SQL Library

Every professional programmer (and DBA) should have a library of books on SQL fundamentals. There are many SQL titles to choose from, and a lot of them are very good. But you can’t buy them all unless you are independently … Continue reading

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A Useful Guide to Data Fundamentals from Fabian Pascal

Today’s blog post is a quick review of Fabian Pascal’s latest book The DBDEBUNK Guide to Misconceptions and Data Fundamentals. Those of you who know Pascal will know what to expect — a no-holds barred treatise on the fundamentals of … Continue reading

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A Database Performance Tuning Primer

In a recent series of posts to this blog I outlined a dozen SQL rules of thumb to follow as you design and code your database applications. These articles can be found at the following links: A Dozen SQL Rules … Continue reading

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