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Visual Takeaways from Gartner Data and Analytics 2018

We attended the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit in Grapevine, Texas in early March. This series is part of its global events schedule and similar conferences happen around the world. One fun hallway display was a series of animated summaries with key themes, tracks, and sessions of the conference. They were created by Katherine Torrini at Creative Catalyst. The first display covered the primary show themes of scaling the value of data and analytics: – Establishing Trust in the data...


SELECT 5 from MemSQL Blog in 2017

2017 was a good year for the database market as developers, architects, and business leaders explored what is possible with new platforms. We covered several hot topics on the MemSQL blog including the integration with microservices, recognition by industry analysts, machine learning and image recognition, real-time geospatial analytics, and multi-tenancy in a cloud world. Here are a few of our favorite posts from 2017. MemSQL Meets the Microservices Architecture Link to post Microservices...


Migrating from Traditional Databases to the Cloud

The Current Organizational Data Dilemma Today, many companies have years of investment in traditional databases from Oracle, SAP, IBM, Microsoft and others. Frequently these databases and data warehouses have long outlived their ability to cost-effectively perform and scale. These solutions also offer mixed options when it comes to cloud deployments. Over the past decade, data-driven organizations looked to new methods such as Hadoop and NoSQL to solve data challenges. Hadoop has proven to be a...


AI's Secret Weapon: The Data Corpus

As industries latch on to the rise of machine learning and artificial intelligence, we see firsthand that the key to success is often the data itself. While discussions on the latest algorithms and learning models capture mainstream attention, the real determining factor of a company’s success is its ability to leverage a corpus of data. Recently our CEO Eric Frenkiel delivered a talk on this topic, Machines and the Magic of Fast Learning. The premise was simple, and inspired by a discussion...


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Real-Time and The Rise of Nano-Marketing

The tracking and targeting of our online lives is no secret. Once we browse to a pair of shoes on a website, we are reminded about them in a retargeting campaign. Lesser known efforts happen behind the scenes to accumulate data and scan through it in realtime, delivering the perfect personalized campaign. Specificity and speed are converging to deliver nano-marketing. If you are a business leader, you’ll want to stay versed in these latest approaches. If not, as a consumer, you’ll likely...


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From Big to Now: The Changing Face of Data

Data is changing. You knew that. But the dialog over the past 10 years around big data and Hadoop is rapidly moving to data and real-time. We have tackled how to capture big data at scale. We can thank the Hadoop Distributed File System for that, as well as cloud object stores like AWS S3. But we have not yet tackled the instant results part of big data. For that we need more. But first, some history. Turning Point for the Traditional Data Warehouse Internet scale workloads that emerged in the...


Jumping the Database S-Curve

Adaptation and Reinvention Long term success hinges on adaptation and reinvention, especially in our dynamic world where nothing lasts forever. Especially with business, we routinely see the rise and fall of products and companies. The long game mandates change, and the database ecosystem is no different. Today, megatrends of social, mobile, cloud, big data, analytics, IoT, and machine learning place us at a generational intersection. Data drives our digital world and the systems that shepherd...


SQL: The Technology That Never Left Is Back!

The Prelude The history of SQL, or Structured Query Language, dates back to 1970, when E.F. Codd, then of IBM Research, published a seminal paper titled, “A Relational Model of Data for Large Shared Data Banks.” Since then, SQL has remained the lingua franca of data processing, helping build the relational database market into a $36 billion behemoth. The Rise And Fall of NoSQL Starting in 2010, many companies developing datastores tossed SQL out with the bathwater after seeing the challenges...


A Flying Pig and the Zen of Database Proof of Concepts

A customer asks potential vendors – I need a pig that can fly. Whoever can get me one, wins the deal. Vendor 1 – The Engineer says “There is no such thing as a flying pig. Do not waste our time. We are not interested.” Vendor 2 – The Geneticist says “I am going to create a new species of pig – one with wings.” He goes to work on a flying pig. He never comes back. Vendor 3 – The Practical One says “Flying pig indeed! Yes, we can get you one.” ...


RBAC Database Security

Why Role-Based Access Control Is Essential to Database Security

As repositories of highly sensitive, confidential, and valuable business data, databases are the crown jewels of every organization. Successful businesses not only supply accurate and timely data, they must protect it as well. Security provides a critical competitive edge for any high functioning database. So database providers must prioritize protecting data in order to gain loyal customers who can trust the systems set in place to properly guard valuable information. In our latest enterprise...