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So, what’s your Data Strategy?
09 Mar 2015

Introduction Working with customers over the past many years, the question of Data Architecture and Data Strategy has come up a lot. ‘What should my data strategy be?’ or ‘How do I go around creating a Data Strategy or a Data Architecture and what are some of the critical elements of a Data Architecture?’ Let me address some of those questions and the importance of having a well-defined Data Strategy and a Data Architecture. First and foremost, why do you need a Data Strategy and a Data Architecture? Well, the answer is simple: to bring some standardization, consistency, and an Architecture or a Plan to your world of data. The fundame...

Future of Database Management: How can a DBA Stay Relevant?
14 Jan 2015

Changing Nature of Database Management A few months ago I was presenting to a large audience on the topic of running SQL Server in the cloud in IaaS and PaaS. I was touting the auto install, auto management, and the auto patching capabilities. Also, I mentioned the capability of Azure IaaS to auto provision an AlwaysOn cluster. Then I demoed the simple step of picking a ‘template’ and auto installing SQL Server. A gentleman sitting in the audience raised his hand and interrupted me, asking “Is the cloud going to get us DBAs out of a job one day?” There was silence for a few minutes in room…… Database Management, as we know today, ...

Correlation, Causation and Big Data
02 Dec 2014

Decision making based on BI and Analytics is a well-established industry practice. There are numerous BI implementations around the world that are used on a regular basis to run operational reports, KPI based dashboards and analytics. Lot of decisions are made based on those BI systems. However, have you ever paused and wondered, if the decision is based on ‘correlation’ or ‘causation’. Let me explain. Two events could be correlated, but that does not necessarily mean causation. In other words, just because the events occur concurrently, does not necessarily mean one caused the other or was directly responsible for the other. For inst...