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The Nature of Database Agility

The word “agile,” marched into the IT vocabulary in 2001 when a small band of software developers wrote and published The Manifesto for Agile Software Development, hoping thereby to increase the quality and speed of software development. The initiative had legs and thus the term “agile” was soon kidnapped by marketers, and we began to …Read More

Rethinking Database TCO

How much do we need to care about database costs? The database is little more than a cupboard that you throw data into and aren’t all databases nowadays just more of the same? Don’t they cost pretty much the same no matter which you choose? In reality, costs vary considerably, and the choice is broad. …Read More

The Brave New Browser

OK, I’ll admit it, the Brave browser is not new, its nearly a year old. But it’s relatively new. Here’s the thing: surely only a crazy person would want to launch a brand new browser. The browser market is saturated with products (Chrome, Safari, MS Edge, Firefox and Opera), all of which have loyal customers …Read More

Big Data, Big Self-Service

The data lake has become the driving force of strategic IT in many companies. The heart-felt cry is: “We want the company to be data driven!” Now, if you want to be pedantic you can argue convincingly that IT has always been data driven in one way or another, but the promise of the data …Read More