Category Archives: data

Transforming Mainframe Data Management

Just a quick post today to let my readers — specifically those in the US Midwest — that I will be presenting at an executive briefing at the River Forest Country Club in Elmhurst, IL  (Chicago suburb) on August 23, 2016. The … Continue reading

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Data Modeling Concepts

Oftentimes organizations assign the DBA group the responsibility for data modeling, in addition to the more conventional physical database management tasks that are well-known DBA responsibilities. Of course, that does not mean that DBAs are well-trained in data modeling, nor does it … Continue reading

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Data Summit: A Trip Report

Last week I had the pleasure of attending, and speaking at, the annual Data Summit event in New York City. The event, sponsored by Database Trends & Applications, boasted knowledge-packed days of presentations on all things data. Day one started … Continue reading

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The Lifecycle of Data

Most data is not static. No, data has a life in which it changes, is used for perhaps multiple purposes, and gets moved all over the place. So it makes sense to think about the lifecycle of your data at … Continue reading

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I’m On Toad World… and the datAvail Blog, too!

Just a short post today to let folks know that my DB2portal blog is being syndicated to the Dell Toad World portal. That means that you can follow all of my DB2-specific blog posts either at DB2portal or at Toad … Continue reading

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Database Consistency Models

Just a short blog post today to point folks to a very well-written article on database consistency models titled On the Futility of Custom Consistency Models (posted on the Hacking, Distributed blog by Emin Gün Sirer). This blog post does a very … Continue reading

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Take a Big Data and Cloud Computing Quiz

Are you concerned about new technology and industry hype rendering your experience obsolete? Are memes like Big Data and Cloud Computing confusing to you… or are you comfortable that you know what you need to know? Why not take a … Continue reading

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Inside the Data Reading Room – Memorial Day 2014 Edition

Welcome to another edition of Inside the Data Reading Room, a regular feature of the blog in which I review the latest and greatest database- and data-related books. The first book up for review today is Microsoft Access 2013 Programming … Continue reading

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Surrogate Keys or Natural Keys?

If you’ve worked with relational database systems for any length of time you’ve probably participated in a discussion (argument?) about the topic of today’s blog post… surrogate keys. A great debate rages within the realm of database development about the use … Continue reading

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