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Mar 23, 2015   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog  //  No Comments

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Imagining the Power of Data

Mar 12, 2015   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Analytics, Blog, Data, DLBlog  //  No Comments

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Tim Berners-Lee, in a 2007 Bloomberg Business interview, discusses his vision of enterprise data and how organizations would bring together varied sets of data.

“When you use the word “silos,” that’s the word we hear when somebody in the enterprise talks about the stovepipe problem. Different words for the same problem: that business information inside the company is managed by different sorts of software, and you have to go to a different person and learn a different program to see it. Any enterprise CEO really ought to be able to ask a question that involves connecting data across the organization, be able to run a company effectively, and especially to be able to respond to unexpected events. Most organizations are missing this ability to connect all the data together.

“Anybody making real decisions uses data from many sources, produced by many sorts of organizations, and we’re stymied. We tend to have to use backs of envelopes to do this and people have to put data in spreadsheets, which they painfully prepare. In a way, the Semantic Web is a bit like having all the databases out there as one big database. It’s difficult to imagine the power that you’re going to have when so many different sorts of data are available.”

Regardless of whether or not you are using Semantic technologies, I think you can see that we are making progress towards understanding that silo-ed data is still here and that we need ways to bring the power of external data together to make it useful.  New technologies & approaches such as analytics and machine learning require that we understand the data, its provenance and its freshness to get decent result.

Imagine the power. Indeed.

7 Databases in 70 Minutes

Mar 10, 2015   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Database, Database Design, DLBlog, NoSQL, Speaking  //  No Comments

Lara Rubbelke (@sqlgal ) and I recently presented 7 Databases in 70 Minutes, a sort of homage to the book 7 Databases in 7 Weeks.  The event was SQLBits, a UK-based SQL Server event.  We first gave this talk at the PASS Summit last year.

We don’t talk about the same databases as the book, but the concepts are the same.  We cover relational, column family, graph, key value, Hadoop, and document database technologies, focusing mostly on the reasons why you would want to consider these and what a typical create and query statement might look like.

And then we end with 7 reasons why you should start exploring them.

It’s a blast talking about so many things in such a short time frame and it’s fun watching light bulbs go off as people realize these aren’t just silly open source projects, but real, enterprise class solutions for common enterprise processes.

Check out our slide deck.

Have you been looking at non-relational technologies to tell your data stories, too?

Data Stories…

Mar 10, 2015   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog  //  No Comments

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