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Tony Bain
Tony is director of RockSolid SQL, an innovative software and services company.
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It seems the privacy nuts might be right. You know, the type of people who stand on streets warning passers-by that the government is watching them. Or the people who wear tinfoil on their heads because they are worried about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Tony Bain
I have written before about the potential risks of machine learning when implemented in areas that impact on people’s daily lives. Much of this has been hypothetical, thinking through the possibilities of what “could” happen in the future if we... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Tony Bain
The technology industry is abuzz with excitement relating to the next industrial revolution, the AI fuelled robotic revolution. The promise is that advances in computer comprehension will bring a new age in terms of decoupling employees from process and provide... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Tony Bain
Unless you have been living under a rock you will know that machine learning, and more broadly artificial intelligence, is one of the hottest topics in IT right now. And while this topic is certainly overhyped there is actually some... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Tony Bain
Generally data we retain within organisational databases is very factual. “Tom bought 6 cans of blue paint”. “Mary delivered package #abc to Jean at 2.30pm”. These are typical examples of the types of records you might find in various corporate... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Tony Bain
Malicious hacking today largely consists of exploiting weaknesses in an applications stack, to gain access to private data that shouldn’t be public or corrupt/interfere with the operations of a given application. Sometimes this is to expose software weaknesses, other times this is done for hackers to generate income by trading private information which is of value. Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2016 at Tony Bain
Self-driving cars are becoming real and various predictions have them being mainstream over the next decade. But it is interesting as to if we are ready for this innovation in transportation and how we will react when accidents involving self-driving cars invariably happen. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Tony Bain
I remember when I was 19, I was working for an electricity utility as a DBA. I was putting in lots of hours and partly as a reward, and partly because they didn't know what to do with me, then... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Tony Bain
The planned SQL Server for Linux product was been announced a few months back. While this isn’t due until 2017, I have read numerous commentaries and thoughts on why Microsoft is doing this. Several of these are suggesting this somehow will cause a mass migration of Oracle DB customers to SQL Server. This prediction is silly and shows a lack of understanding about how enterprises select their database platforms. SQL Server is a great product but Oracle DB is also a great product. I have no doubt that the majority of customers running it today either want to be running it or need to be running it as it supports the applications they are running, providing the operational objectives they have at a cost they can justify. Just in the same way that Microsoft SQL Server customers do. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Tony Bain
If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check out the Microsoft HoloLens demos. While it is not widely available yet the developer edition is out and Microsoft is working with their partners to get applications built that make use of the holographic and augmented reality potential. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Tony Bain
One of the fastest moving technologies of 2016 is Blockchain. Put simply, Blockchain is decentralised trust system for ensuring transaction validity without a central authority. The use-cases for Blockchain are far reaching as it is essentially a data platform on which any applications that require trust for the “exchange” of information between multiple parties can be built. And it has just been revealed/confirmed that it has Australian origins! Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Tony Bain
Automation is a business transformation technology that involves innovations in the field itself, but more recently leveraging innovations in the areas of AI, Machine Learning and Big Data. And as all of these fields gain maturity, pundits are naturally playing forward the impact and making predictions about job losses across various industries directly as a result of automation. Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at Tony Bain
My LinkedIn feed shows me Shawn Bice, former GM of database systems (SQL Server) at Microsoft is joining Amazon AWS as VP of Analytics. Assuming accuracy, Shawn has joined the likes of Hal Berenson (on the former Microsoft luminaries behind SQL Server), Raju Gulabani and Sundar Raghavan. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Tony Bain
Five years doesn't half fly when you’re having fun! In this post from 2011 I highlighted some of the challenges facing the “big data revolution” centring on a lack of people with the right skills to deliver value on the proposition. Fast forward to 2016 and this not only remains true, but is likely the key issue holding back the adopting of advanced analytics in many organisations. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Tony Bain
We are approaching 7 years since the term “NoSQL” re-entered the popular tech vernacular, and 7 years since I wrote the post “Is the Relational Database Doomed?”. During this time, we have experienced a tidal wave of non-relational data management technologies. So, time for an update to my prior article. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Tony Bain
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