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By Andy McDermid | On August 11th 2014
Choosing the Right Health Check
For some businesses, conducting a Health Check can be cumbersome, time-consuming, and the results, well, frustrating. However, a Health Check can be easy and rewarding for any business that wants to improve server performance, especially if you take the time to find the right solution provider. The Anatomy of a Health Check As you evaluate solutions, consider that a traditional health check is the first of three components necessary for monitoring and optimizing a database environment. It serves to simply but thoroughly measure the…
By Eric Russo | On August 7th 2014
Business Value of a Health Check
White Paper What criteria should help a manager properly evaluate the merits of a paid health check? In this paper, we explore various possibilities including working with outsourced database management firms, using in-house services, or simply waiting to perform any such examination. Data is the most valuable currency in any organization, yet in many cases, even those people responsible for its integrity and security may…
By Chuck Ezell | On August 4th 2014
Database Reporting Slowdowns
Databases are the cornerstone of any business, storing every important detail that keeps them operating. They behave as living things, growing in a way that seems very organic. And like living things, databases require maintenance and care in order to remain effective and functional. As your database grows, so do your demands on the data within it. As a skilled SQL tuner, I was recently interviewed by Software Advice, a business intelligence systems reviewer, to put together
By Chuck Ezell | On July 2nd 2014
Polyglot Programming
A database development concept in circulation for several years holds that developers should be able to pick and choose the best tool for a specific job. The theory, known as polyglot programming, was reintroduced by Neil Ford, with others, namely Martin Fowler, picking up the idea. Is the approach valid or useful in the enterprise database development environment? Opinions vary widely, but these vastly divided opinions offer database professionals ideas they can apply in their own organizations. I’d like to offer some views as these concepts might…