Category Archives: data

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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Ten Steps to Minimize Data Risk During an Acquisition

Merger and acquisition activity continues to be a constant in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world… and those of us who work in the field of IT and data management are likely to be involved in an acquisition, perhaps multiple times during … Continue reading

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Auditing Mainframe Database Data Access and Modification

Tracking who did what to which piece of data, and when they did it, is important because there are many threats to data security. External agents trying to compromise security and access company data are rightly viewed as a threat … Continue reading

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The Log Is The Database!

The database log, sometimes referred to as the transaction log, is a fundamental component of a database management system. All changes to application data in the database are recorded serially in the database log. Using this information the DBMS can … Continue reading

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FileMaker 13 Launches Today

FileMaker, Inc. today (December 3, 2013) unveiled the next-generation platform for business productivity: FileMaker 13. The new software makes it even faster and easier than ever for teams to create tailored business solutions for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the … Continue reading

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Inside the Data Reading Room – Thanksgiving 2013 Edition

Welcome faithful reader to the latest edition of Inside the Data Reading Room. Long-time readers of this blog know that Inside the Data Reading Room is a semi-regular feature of this blog with the goal of introducing and reviewing new and classic books on … Continue reading

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