Passionately curious about Data, Databases and Systems Complexity. Data is ubiquitous, the database universe is dichotomous (structured and unstructured), expanding and complex. Find my Database Research at SQLToolkit.co.uk . Microsoft Data Platform MVP

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing" Einstein

Saturday 24 January 2015

Management of Database Systems Research, a précis on Technet

 Graphics by @DeepFat.

I am very pleased to announce that an article introducing my research on A Study into Best Practices and Procedures used in the Management of Database Systems entitled Management of Database Systems Research, a précis is published on the TechNet UK Blog.  http://bit.ly/1yMvzzS

There is a fun cartoon accompanying the article by an amazing illustrator, Andrew Fryer.

Thank you Charlotte Utting @TechNetUK

Saturday 10 January 2015

Database Research Publication

I have been working on my part time research, at The Open University, for my doctorate for a number of years which is a study into best practices and procedures used in the management of database systems
For the start of any research it is necessary to accurately baseline the field of study. This baseline was created through a worldwide quantitative survey to examine to what extent  best practices and procedures were utilised by the database community for the management of database systems. 453 respondents kindly contributed to the survey. Part of this research from the quantitative stage is now published in the Information Systems journal. 

An Audio Slides presentation is available introducing the paper http://www.sqltoolkit.co.uk/publications.html  

The formal reference:
Holt, V. et al., 2015. The usage of best practices and procedures in the database community. Information Systems, 49, pp.163–181. Available at: http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0306437914001914
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.is.2014.12.004

The free link is valid until February 24, 2015 http://bit.ly/1zqTjLo

More information about the research can be found at http://www.sqltoolkit.co.uk/ 

Friday 2 January 2015

Data and Database Predictions for 2015

There are many predictions of what data and database advancements will transpire throughout 2015. These are my favourite data and database predictions for 2015.

Top 10 2015 Predictions for Microsoft Azure

PAAS will provide a more economical… the case for IAAS based services is being undermined by easier to use PAAS services.

Why 2015 Will Be Year of Big Data: Oracle's Seven Predictions

Data is a new form of capital. Ultimately, information about people, places and things will truly differentiate enterprises.

IDC Reveals Worldwide Big Data and Analytics Predictions for 2015

Growth in applications incorporating advanced and predictive analytics, including machine learning, will accelerate in 2015. These apps will grow 65% faster than apps without predictive functionality.

Database Predictions for 2015

SQL and NoSQL will become best friends

10 Predictions for Data and Analytics in 2015

Hybrid architectures will become the norm for many organizations,

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015

Analytics will take center stage as the volume of data generated by embedded systems increases and vast pools of structured and unstructured data inside and outside the enterprise are analyzed.

Your top predictions for Business Analytics in 2015

LinkedIn Data Culture Discussions: Data storytelling will become the next 'big thing' in Analytics!

Thursday 1 January 2015