the data vault
The Data Vault – What is it? – Why do we need it?
25 Jun 2012

The Data Vault – What is it? – Why do we need it? (click to download) As mentioned in my last blog (Big Data & NoSQL Technologies) understanding and using the right tools for the job is essential.  Database systems and applications are no exception. For Big Data or Small Data, knowing and using the right data modeling and methodology is also critical. Today, business uses the Internet to make money yet harvesting the data in an efficient way often develops into a considerable IT challenge. The ongoing debate behind the many issues involved are not the focus of this blog however, the concepts presented here are. Data Warehous...

A Video Tour Through the SQL Server 2012 Migration Assistant
22 Jun 2012

On the SQL Server YouTube channel, Dmitry Balin (@dbalin), CEO and co-founder of DB Best Technologies, guides you through the new Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Migration Assistant (SSMA) that supports migration to SQL Server 2012. 22-minutes may be considered long for a video tour, but we’re in the big data space so it’s well worth your time.   The key points of the video: (more…)...

Big Data and NoSQL Technologies
15 Jun 2012

Big Data & NoSQL Technologies (click to download) As a follow-up to my last blog (NoSQL .vs. Row .vs. Column) let’s take a closer look at Big Data and the emerging ‘NoSQL’ technologies in today’s marketplace.  As a refresher, two points to reiterate first: NoSQL means ‘Not Only SQL’, as opposed to ‘Not SQL’, as many perceive There are three main variations of NoSQL out there: Key Value Document Store Column Store It is these variants that we can now examine in more detail, plus have a first look at some of the vendors playing in this field.  As organizations increasingly capture large amounts of both structured and non-...

Euro 2012 in Kharkiv: Oranjefans, German Fans, Armin van Buuren and Ukrainian Anthem
14 Jun 2012

Have you even heard Viva Hollandia and You Never Can Beat The Dutch? During the last week, the DB Best team in Kharkiv, Ukraine is having a great opportunity to learn all these songs while meeting thousands of Oranjefans – a crowd of the Netherlands National Football Team fans who travel around the world to support their favorite team – Oranje. During the Euro 2012 European Football Championship, Kharkiv hosts all 3 games where Oranje plays their opponents: Denmark (June 9), Germany (June 12) and Portugal (June 17). On June 13, our Kharkiv crew attended yet another open-air festival – Oranjeplein – at Euro ...

Episode 2 – XML and Binary document formats
11 Jun 2012

Click here to download this post as Word Document Document Storage Formats – An Introduction Document storage databases are all the buzz these days. Interestingly enough they are actually not a very recent invention. Already 20 years ago there were object oriented databases using the very same concepts. In this four part mini blog series I will take a bird’s eye view at the connection and relationships between object oriented databases, object stores, serialization and document storage. I will present and explain the most common document storage formats and will try to find the reason why object stores are all the buzz today but were not ...

Featured Project: Simply Declare, a Travel App for iOS
01 Jun 2012

Are you a savvy traveler? Then we have some great news for you. Our Mobile Development Team has recently finished working on a custom project for a client in Canada called Simply Declare, a super intuitive iOS app that lets you manage your declarable travel purchases in multicurrencies. Key features: Multiple Currencies Real Time Currency Exchange Add New Items Easily Take a Photo of The Invoice Add More Travelers to Your Trip To see how the app works, watch this video (also created by our team):  Simply Declare (simplydeclare.com) is available on the App Store – give it a try and happy travelling!  ...