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Basic DB2 Application Tuning Strategies 10/17/2016

Assume you’ve been given a directive by IT management to "tune" things. What strategies are available and how do you judge which ones are best? Considering the current economic climate, can any be implemented on a shoestring budget? Can any of these tasks be assigned to resources with basic DBA skills and still be productively accomplished?

Automating Data Warehouse Support 09/15/2016

As budgets tighten, how can database administrators keep up with the rapidly-changing new technology environment? The solution: automation. In this article we discuss various ways to automate common processes and relieve the infrastructure staff from repetitive tasks, so that then can concentrate on more urgent priorities.

DB2 Data Warehouse Capacity Planning 08/15/2016

Early data warehouse implementations began as collections of financial and customer data that accumulated over time. Modern warehouses have evolved into complex and elegant enterprise analytics platforms, hosting a broad collection of multiple data types, queried by advanced business intelligence software. As the warehouse environment becomes more valuable, capacity planning becomes critical. In this article we present several strategies for managing data warehouse capacity planning and performance tuning.

Is Your DB2 Subsystem Healthy? 07/18/2016

Lockwood Lyon presents simple SQL statements that the database administrator (DBA) can execute against the DB2 catalog to determine if your DB2 subsystem suffers from common maladies, and what the DBA can do to fix or mitigate potential problems.

Is Your Database Healthy? 06/16/2016

Despite the sophistication of the latest DB2 software versions and the power of current IBM z/server technology, it is still possible for performance and data availability to deteriorate due to a variety of things, including increased dataset extents, loss of clustering, index page splits, and other factors. This article presents simple SQL statements that the database administrator (DBA) can execute against the DB2 catalog to determine if one or more application databases suffer from common maladies, and what the DBA can do to fix or mitigate potential problems.

The End of Big Data 05/16/2016

What is next for big data? Some experts claim that data "volumes, velocity, variety and veracity" will only increase over time, requiring more data storage, faster machines and more sophisticated analysis tools. However, this is short-sighted, and does not take into account how data degrades over time. Analysis of historical data will always be with us, but generation of the most useful analyses will be done with data we already have. To adapt, most organizations must grow and mature their analytical environments. Here are the steps they must take to prepare for the transition.

Big Data Architecture 04/14/2016

Business Intelligence (BI) has matured over the past two decades. The next few years will be critical for the information technology staff, as they attempt to integrate and manage multiple, diverse hardware and software platforms. This article addresses how to meet this need, as users demand greater ability to analyze ever-growing mountains of data, and IT attempts to keep costs down.

Analytics Yes; Big Data No! 03/24/2016

Some companies have been slow to acquire big data applications. They discovered that modern hardware platforms and database management systems were more than adequate for most of their business analytics needs. Such needs share several common attributes, including analytics run against operational systems, where the analytics logic and engine were close to the object data. This meant that companies could avoid complex and high-volume data movement and extract-transform-load (ETL) strategies while executing queries against already existing, well-tuned databases. In this article we introduce the concepts of strategic and tactical analytics, and how best to support these methods with your current IT infrastructure.

Big Data Quality Assurance 02/15/2016

With promises of incredibly fast queries, many IT shops implemented one or more big data applications in combination with high-performance hardware and software suites. However, few IT enterprises followed the appropriate data governance means and methods of ensuring data quality. What ensued was data of dubious quality being loaded into these applications, calling into question the results. In this article we review data quality methods and metrics for loading big data applications.

Load Testing Your Big Data Application 01/14/2016

Many big data applications are designed, built and installed without a formal load test. This is unfortunate, as load testing gives the database administrator quite a lot of valuable information. It may make the difference between poor and acceptable big data performance. This article reviews big data application implementation practices with some proactive tips on load testing to make your production implementation a success.

Big Data Performance Tuning 12/21/2015

Big data applications are now in place to support business analytics processing. However, many standard performance tuning options (such as indexes) may no longer apply. Here we investigate the differences between operational systems and big data systems, and present common options for big data performance tuning.

Integrating Big Data Applications into Operational Environments 11/23/2015

Many IT enterprises have created big data applications to store and analyze massive amounts of historical data. Should these applications be installed in their own exclusive environment, or tightly integrated with current operational systems?

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