A New Year Announcement

Let me start the New Year by announcing that I have a new job as the CTO of the US Social Security Administration. I am in an appointed position, part of the President’s administration, but with a technical, not a political or policy charter.  It is daunting and exciting… The SSA IT staff are switched on and extremely competent……

More thinking on Specialized Databases

Recently I posted (here) some thinking that suggested that the cost of replicating data into specialized databases might outweigh the benefits of specialization. This post will present a counter view and try to sort out when a specialized database might make sense. In the ZDNet post here: “Look at What Google and Amazon are doing with…

Some Database Performance Concepts

I’m working on a new idea… it may or may not pan out… but here are some concepts for your consideration… with some thoughts on their performance implications. First a reminder… a reality check. In my experience if you POC two databases at about the same price point…and one is 30% faster than the other, 1.3X, then…