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Databases on Cloud

How to Respond to Oracle’s Arguments that AWS is Only Migrating Non Critical Databases?

Executive Summary

  • Oracle makes the argument that AWS is only migrating non-critical databases.
  • How valid is this argument against the cloud from Oracle?

Introduction

Oracle has argued that the databases migrated to AWS aren’t mission-critical.
“So, sure, you can do test/dev and run small non critical Databases as many have been doing for years on VMWare. This is what AWS continues to...

How to Respond to Oracle’s Arguments About Serious Databases Not Running on VMs

Executive Summary

  • Oracle makes the argument that serious arguments do not run on VMs.
  • How valid is this argument against the cloud from Oracle?

Introduction

Oracle proposes that AWS is not ready for enterprise workloads. This is a common argument on Oracle that only its offerings are true “enterprise-ready.” The following quote covers this argument.
“The problem for AWS, is that their architecture...

Being Conscious of the Many AWS and GCP Database Options for SAP and Oracle

Executive Summary

  • AWS and Google Cloud provide an amazing number of database options to customers.
  • What this means for on-premises environments with more restricted options.

Options Galore with AWS and Google Cloud

AWS does offer some internally developed products (the Aurora database being one), and Google Cloud offers both the Spanner database and the Go coding language. Still, the vast majority of...

How to Perform Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Database Migration

Executive Summary

  • AWS and Google Cloud can allow for both homogeneous and heterogeneous database migration
  • Learn why cloud services are enabling databases.

Introduction

  • When the source and target database are the same, this is referred to as a “homogeneous” conversion.
  • When the databases are different, this is referred to as a “heterogeneous” migration.
  • Homogeneous migrations are often the starting point for...

How to Get Started with Database Migration with AWS RDS and Google Cloud SQL

Executive Summary

  • AWS and Google Cloud are offering great opportunities for database migration.
  • Learn why cloud services are enabling databases.

Introduction

Migrating databases and applications to AWS or Google Cloud has numerous benefits that have already changed how IT is managed at a wide array of companies. These benefits include the following:
  1. Reducing fixed costs
  2. Gaining economies of scale
  3. The ability to test...

AWS on How to Leverage Multiple Database Types

Executive Summary

  • AWS and Google Cloud are offering great opportunities to leverage multiple database types.
  • Learn why multi-bases are taking over from the single-base approach.

Introduction

While SAP has proposed using a single database type (the one database type SAP wants customers to focus on, which is HANA) and finds its most willing customers in those that know the least about...

How to Move to From Oracle to Open Source Databases with AWS and Google Cloud

Executive Summary

  • AWS and Google Cloud are offering great opportunities to leverage open source databases.
  • We cover how to accomplish the migration.

Introduction

Oracle representatives like discussing Oracle’s market share in the database market. They love talking about the different things the Oracle database can do and its many advanced features. What they don’t like discussing is the costs for the Oracle...

Database Rankings

The Brightwork Comparison and Scoring of Google BigQuery

Executive Summary

  • This is our data warehouse rating for Google BigQuery across the most important criteria for data warehouse usage.

The Rankings

Our rankings allow comparisons across the various data warehouse. The scores in each category are from one to five, with the higher the value, the better that data warehouse is rated in that area. [sc name="Google BigQuery" ] [ninja_tables id="22602"]

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The Brightwork Comparison and Scoring of Snowflake

Executive Summary

  • This is our data warehouse rating for Snowflake across the most important criteria for data warehouse usage.

The Rankings

Our rankings allow comparisons across the various data warehouse. The scores in each category are from one to five, with the higher the value, the better that data warehouse is rated in that area. [sc name="Snowflake" ] [ninja_tables id="22602"]

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The Brightwork Comparison and Scoring of Databases

Executive Summary

  • This is our database rating introduction page.
  • Our database ratings score database among what we consider to be the most important criteria.

Introduction

These ratings were developed to provide a comprehensive scoring system for those interested in selecting databases.

Interpreting the Ratings

These ratings cannot be read as simply choosing the database with the highest combined rating. For example, PostgreSQL might be...

The Brightwork Comparison and Scoring of SAP BI/BW

Executive Summary

  • This is our database rating for SAP BI/BW across the most important criteria for database usage.

The Rankings

Our rankings allow comparisons across the various databases. The scores in each category are from one to five, with the higher the value, the better that database is rated in that area. [sc name="SAP BW"] [ninja_tables id="22602"]

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The Brightwork Comparison and Scoring of Amazon Redshift

Executive Summary

  • This is our database rating for Amazon Redshift across the most important criteria for database usage.

The Rankings

Our rankings allow comparisons across the various databases. The scores in each category are from one to five, with the higher the value, the better that database is rated in that area. [sc name="Redshift Scoring"] [ninja_tables id="22602"]

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The Brightwork Comparison and Scoring of Redis

Executive Summary

  • This is our database rating for Redis across the most important criteria for database usage.

The Rankings

Our rankings allow comparisons across the various databases. The scores in each category are from one to five, with the higher the value, the better that database is rated in that area. [sc name="Redis Scoring"] [ninja_tables id="22602"] Back to see the index of all of the <a...

The Brightwork Comparison and Scoring of Memcached

Executive Summary

  • This is our database rating for Memcached across the most important criteria for database usage.

The Rankings

Our rankings allow comparisons across the various databases. The scores in each category are from one to five, with the higher the value, the better that database is rated in that area. [sc name="Memcached Scoring"] [ninja_tables id="22602"]

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Google

How to Select and Send for Photo Prints in Google Photo

Executive Summary

  • This article explains how to use the send for photo print functionality in Google Photo.

Introduction

The first step is to be in Google Photo.

Here I am in my Google Photos. 

Now I select the photos I want to be sent to me as photo prints,...

How Most Computer Users Continually Underinvest in Selecting Good Web Browsers

Executive Summary

  • The web browser is one of the most essential software decisions.
  • Why do people end up using the wrong web browsers?

Introduction

The usage of web browsers has been interesting to watch. The first web browser to gain wide acceptance was Netscape, and Netscape was eventually usurped in adoption by Internet Explorer using lock-in tactics by Microsoft. For many...

Using Marathon and Chrome Browsers With Disabled Plugins for the WordPress Editor

Executive Summary

  • Something strange happened when using the Wordpress Editor with Brave and testing different browsers.

Introduction

After having no problems for around a year using the Brave Browser, and having migrated from Chrome due to memory management problems, which we covered in the article The Enormous Difference in Memory Consumption Between Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Chromium, we...

The Enormous Difference in Memory Consumption Between Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Chromium

Executive Summary

  • It is little discussed how much computing resources commercial browsers take versus open source.
  • In this article, I have comparisons between Microsoft Edge, Brave Browser, Opera, and Chromium.

Introduction

A few months before writing this article, I decided to stop using Google Chrome. The reason was that Chrome was consuming too many resources on my computer. I further ran...

Why is There no Manual Adjustment or Non Commercial Adjustment in Google Search?

Executive Summary

  • Google does not allow users to adjust the results from Google search to de-emphasize results by parameter.
  • This article explains how this would work and why Google doesn't.

Introduction

The Google algorithm does not have parameters that allow users to emphasize or deemphasize different types of sites. This is something that would be of great assistance to users, but...

Are There Any Search Engines That De-Emphasize Poor Accuracy Commercial Results?

Executive Summary

  • Google and other search engines have allowed search results to be dominated by commercial entities.
  • The question we answer is whether any search engine deemphasizes these results.

Introduction

This event is so ridiculous that it is difficult to believe what Google threatened.

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How Google Threatened To Retaliate Against Australia and How Australia Could Switch From Google Search

Executive Summary

  • Australia was the first country to stand up to Google about strip mining revenue from their media.
  • Google reacted by threatening to block Australia from using the Google search engine.

Introduction

This event is so ridiculous that it is difficult to believe what Google threatened.

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IT Terms and Concepts

How Valid is the Term Single Source of Truth or SSOT in IT?

Executive Summary

  • The term single source of truth is constantly repeated in IT, particularly with regards to data.
  • We cover the accuracy of this term.

Introduction

Terms are used in IT that are sometimes valid and sometimes are inaccurate marketing terms. The term single source of truth is sometimes used to explain being able to find nonconflicting information from one place.

Our...

How Executives and Companies Now Make Up Transformations That Never Occurred

Executive Summary

  • Executives have begun referring to transformations that never occurred as resume builders.
  • Using the term transformation is now a way to take credit for a hazy accomplishment.

Introduction

Digital transformation is a common term used in the IT space and, in particular, in the SAP space. It is a recent term and also a highly problematic term. I now...

Are SAP’s Layoffs Due to an Impressive Transformation?

Executive Summary

  • SAP has come up with a logic for key layoffs in areas where their products are failing.
  • We analyze the evidence for SAP's logic.

Introduction

After we wrote our analysis of SAP's layoffs in the articles SAP's Layoffs and a Brightwork Warning on HANA, and What Is Different About the Q1 2019 SAP and Oracle Layoffs,...

How to Use the Latest New Digital Transformation Terms!

Executive Summary

  • Digital transformation is ramping up the bridge and has caused its digital transformations to require a whole new set of super open-minded terminology.

Introduction to the New Digital Transformation Terms

The term digital transformation has been with us for a few years, with digital transformations appearing left and right. However, special conditions have now arisen on projects that require...

How to Understand the Misuse of the Term System of Record

Executive Summary

  • The term "system of record" is used by non-technical resources to makes a false point.
  • We cover the misuse of the term.

Video Introduction: How to Understand the Misuse of the Term System of Record

https://youtu.be/oYU_RKr-sOI

Text Introduction (Skip if You Watched the Video)

The term "system of record" has been inaccurately explained by people with little understanding of the topic...

How SAP Used and Abused the Term Legacy

Executive Summary

  • There is a history of the term legacy systems in IT.
  • SAP provides false information regarding their ability to replace legacy.

Introduction

As part of my series on SAP as legacy, which began with How SAP is Now Strip Mining Customers, I wanted to write an article to describe how SAP and...

The Problem with the Term Digital Transformation

Executive Summary

  • Digital transformation is a misapplied term that has been popularized by SAP, but which makes no sense. There is a significant problem using the word to describe IT implementations.

This chameleon can transform itself. And it can do so without the benefit of any digital technologies.

Introduction

Digital transformation is a common term used in the IT space and, in...

Mainframe

How Accurate Is AWS Advice on Migrating From Mainframes to AWS Services?

Executive Summary

  • AWS provides advice to companies to migrate from mainframes to AWS services.
  • How accurate is this advice?

Introduction

Many companies have copied Gartner's mostly inaccurate arguments against mainframes. An excellent example of this is found in the information provided about mainframe migration by AWS.

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How to Understand Gartner’s Disastrous Advice on Mainframes

Executive Summary

  • Gartner's advice on mainframes has been horrible for decades.
  • What Gartner has told its clients about mainframes and how it led to their mismanagement.

Video Introduction: How to Understand Gartner's Disastrous Advice on Mainframes

https://youtu.be/CkO70hTMe2o

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In performing research for the book The Public Cloud Revolution: How Open Source is Displacing Proprietary IT Mega Vendors,...

How to Understand The Cost Advantages of Mainframe Versus On Premises Server

Executive Summary

  • Mainframes have cost advantages over on-premise servers.
  • The reason for this is that an entity requires very significant numbers of servers to manage them effectively.

Introduction

There are many advantages of mainframes, one being costs versus most proprietary on-premises servers. What is undiscussed on the many consulting companies and vendors that have marketed how either servers or cloud should replace “legacy”...

How to Understand The Design of Mainframes

Executive Summary

  • Mainframes are engineered systems designed to run at high utilization without virtualization.
  • Mainframes are designed to meet four distinct design objectives.

Introduction

To understand why AWS and Google Cloud can attain such advantages versus on-premises servers, it is necessary to comprehend mainframes at a basic level. This section's coverage is known to all people who work in mainframes, but those...

How to Understand Why Mainframes Are Not Old Technology

Executive Summary

  • It is commonly presented that mainframes are old technology compared to servers.
  • Why this presentation of mainframes is incorrect.

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Introduction

Client-server is not a good descriptor for on-premises servers, and it turns out that the term...

How to Understand The Journey from Mainframe to Client Server to the Cloud

Executive Summary

  • The current proprietary on-premise server environment grew out of mainframes.
  • This article tells this story.
We are at a historically important crossroads in the history of IT. This is because IT is going back to its origins in several important ways as IT began its life in the late 1950s with mainframes and a highly centralized computing model....

Technology General

Is XClipper An Effective Clipboard Manager for Android?

Executive Summary

  • It is hard to find a good clipboard manager for Android.
  • This article covers XClipper.

Introduction

One of the most important applications I use for the Mac is called Copy'Em. Copy'Em provides a running list of things I have previously copied. This allows me to copy many items but without switching applications. Once I have copied what I want,...

Linux Search Terms, What are People Searching for with Linux?

Executive Summary

  • Linux is growing as a search term of interest as the benefits of open source become more apparent.
  • This article provides the most popular Linux search terms.

Introduction

Here are some of the top search terms for Linux. This will tell us what people are searching for concerning Linux. 

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A Review of Some Website Paywall Options

Executive Summary

  • This article is our review of some website paywalls.

Introduction

The problem with the loss of newsstand and at home paper subscribers has caused IT media to move to advertisements increasingly and paid placements.

The Paywall Options

There are several paywall options. These include:
  • Chargebee: The lowest Plan is around $250 per month (so $3000), which -- depending upon the volume of...

How Media Entities Use the Pico Paywall

Executive Summary

  • This article describes how media entities are monetizing their content with Pico.

Introduction

The problem in the loss of newsstand and at home paper subscribers has caused IT media to increasingly move to advertisements and paid placements.

What is Pico?

Pico is a paywall software.  

Experiences from the Atlantic Magazine Using Pico

Readers are given five free articles per month before being asked...

Who Makes the Firewall Software Proposed to be Used by Third Party Support Providers?

Executive Summary

  • A firewall is an alternate approach to database security patching.
  • Third-party support providers recommend this for Oracle, but where does this firewall software originate?

Introduction

The Oracle database requires a constant application of security patches or patching. These are a significant overhead for customers, and in reality, most customers do not apply Oracle patches when the vulnerability is first announced.

How...

Support Software

The Top IT Service Desk Analysis Complications

Executive Summary

  • IT service desk software analysis is often a process that just declares the company is ready for IT service desk software analysis.
  • This article explains the top complications when trying to obtain an unbiased outcome.

Introduction

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The Top Servicenow ISTM Analysis Complications

Executive Summary

  • Servicenow ITSM analysis is often a process that just declares the company is ready for Servicenow ITSM analysis.
  • This article explains the top complications when trying to obtain an unbiased outcome.

Introduction

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Complication #1: Selecting a Conflicted...

The Top ITSM Analysis Complications

Executive Summary

  • ITSM software analysis is often a process that just declares the company is ready for ITSM.
  • This article explains the top complications when trying to obtain an unbiased outcome.

Introduction

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Complication #1: Selecting...

The Top Servicenow Ticketing System Analysis Complications

Executive Summary

  • Servicenow ticketing system analysis is often a process that just declares the company is ready for Servicenow ticketing system analysis.
  • This article explains the top complications when trying to obtain an unbiased outcome.

Introduction

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The Top Ticketing Tool Analysis Complications

Executive Summary

  • Ticketing tool software analysis is often a process that just declares the company is ready for ticketing tool analysis.
  • This article explains the top complications when trying to obtain an unbiased outcome.

Introduction

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Complication #1: Selecting...

The Top Kayako System Analysis Complications

Executive Summary

  • Kayako software analysis is often a process that just declares the company is ready for ticketing system software analysis.
  • This article explains the top complications when trying to obtain an unbiased outcome.

Introduction

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Complication #1: Selecting...

The Top Open Source Ticketing System Analysis Complications

Executive Summary

  • Open source ticketing system analysis is often a process that just declares the company is ready for ticketing system software analysis.
  • This article explains the top complications when trying to obtain an unbiased outcome.

Introduction

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Virtualization

Why Both Superconvergence and Hyperconvergence are Hollow Marketing Constructs

Executive Summary

  • Recently the term superconvergence has begun to appear regarding infrastructure.
  • Here is our analysis of the reality of superconvergence.

Introduction

Before we get into superconvergence as a term and a topic, it is necessary first to evaluate the term hyperconvergence. The reason is that Hyperconvergence is the precursor to the term superconvergence.
The primary difference between converged infrastructure...

What VMware Has to Say About Virtualizing the Oracle DB

Executive Summary

  • Oracle sales reps and Oracle consultants will often say that virtualization cannot reduce the licenses paid to Oracle for the Oracle DB.
  • Let us see what VMware has to say about the topic of load consolidation.

Introduction

This article will take quotes directly from VMware's document titled Virtualizing Oracle Database 10g/11g on VMware Infrastructure.

WMware White Paper Quotations

For enterprise customers...

Brightwork Comparison and Scoring of Containerization

Introduction

This is one of three modalities of server management as covered in the article Bare Metal Versus Virtualization Versus Containers.

Rating

Each of the criteria is rated below for this server modality.  [ninja_tables id="22602"]

References

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/16047306/how-is-docker-different-from-a-virtual-machine

Brightwork Comparison and Scoring of Virtualization

Introduction

This is one of three modalities of server management as covered in the article Bare Metal Versus Virtualization Versus Containers.

Rating

Each of the criteria is rated below for this server modality.  [ninja_tables id="22602"]

References

Brightwork Comparison and Scoring of Bare Metal Servers

Introduction

This is one of three modalities of server management as covered in the article Bare Metal Versus Virtualization Versus Containers.

Rating

Each of the criteria is rated below for this server modality.

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References

A Comparison of Bare Metal to Virtualization to Containers

Executive Summary

  • The choices around server modalities can be overwhelming.
  • See how the various servers modalities compare to one another and are scored.

Introduction

The server modality is how the server is managed. Infrastructure is made up of both hardware and software servers. Any entity can use a combination of the various server modalities to create their optimal environment. In just 15 years,...

UX Research

Evaluation of the DeepDyve Website Usability

Executive Summary

  • DeepDyve is one of the top research search engines.
  • We evaluate the usability of the DeepDyve website.

Introduction

DeepDyve is a website that provides paid access to research articles. I will review this website for usability.

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Evaluation of the NIH Website Usability

Executive Summary

  • The NIH is the largest funder of health-related research.
  • We evaluate the usability of the NIH website.

Introduction

The NIH website is primarily of interest to those that are applying for grants to perform health-related research. The NIH's budget is enormous, as is explained in the following quote.
As NIH’s budget has grown to $30 billion annually—fully half of...

Evaluation of the FDA Website Usability

Executive Summary

  • The FDA declares when they approve drugs but provides encapsulated information around the clinical trials on their website.

Introduction

The FDA is considered the official approving body of drugs in the US, and its influence goes far beyond the US.
  • When investigating the FDA website, it became apparent that the FDA publishes remarkably encapsulated information about the clinical...

What is the General ROI or Return from UX Research?

Executive Summary

  • The ROI from UX research is very appealing.
  • We cover the implications of this ROI.

Introduction

Management loves to find the return on its endeavors. One very strong area of ROI is in UX research.

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The Contradiction Between Agile and UX Research

Executive Summary

  • Agile is used to justify shortening development timelines.
  • This typically ends up undermining UX research.

Introduction

Management has latched onto Agile to shorten timelines under the false concept that they are doing something advanced. One of the first things to be disregarded and minimized under the Agile method (as employed in practice is UX research.

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The Problem With the Term UX or User Experience

Executive Summary

  • The term user experience was created to distinguish UI.
  • The term is quite problematic.

Introduction

Often not much thought is put into the term "user experience," however, if one analyzes the term, it is not very helpful in describing what is being measured when one measures a "user experience." I will cover the problems with this term.

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The Number of Test Subjects Versus the Number of UX Test Observers

Executive Summary

  • Two of the most important topics of running UX tests are the number of test subjects and the number of observers.

Introduction

The lesser discussed topic of the number of UX test observers, versus the number of test subjects, is the topic of this article.

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