Insights and Updates

Read the HarperDB teams’ thoughts on database technology topics such as SQL, NOSQL, Schema-less architecture, IoT, Big Data, and more

Join Us: Let’s Talk SQL Joins

August 29, 2018

 After coming up with the worst pun ever made in the database community, this title, to talk about one of if not the most powerful features in relational databases: the SQL join. I believe that the joins are a big reason the relational databases have stayed so relevant in a world where everyone seems to be talking Big Data. NoSQL databases cannot perform join operations. Sure there are a ton of articles out there describing work arounds, but at the end of the day they all come to the same conclusion and that is if you need to join, you need a relational database. 

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Data, Design, Dogs

August 21, 2018

There’s something truly special about working for HarperDB. I try to explain to my parents and friends from school about all the different experiences and new exposure I’ve gained, but it’s hard to put into words an entire summer filled with learning, designing, and completely leaving my comfort zone. Sitting in the office yesterday, I was listening to Kaylan and Stephen’s constant“witty banter” and I realized how much I’ll miss that along with Fred’s few spoken sentences a day and the overall easy going yet hardworking and determined atmosphere at HDB.  

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IoT: In the Cloud and on the Edge

August 06, 2018
The Internet of Things (IoT) is inherently edge biased. The “things” are all devices out in the world, not encased in a high-tech data center. Naturally, we expect initial data collection to take place on these devices, but what happens after that? Where does the data go? How is it processed? Is the data processed? Is any value derived from that data? These are all questions I think about every time I talk with customers looking to find a solution for their IoT data.
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5 Common Mistakes in IoT Sensor Data Analytics

July 24, 2018
At this point I think it s a given that everyone is excited about IoT.  Consumers are excited because their 6 year old daughters can accidentally order $170 doll houses with Alexa and businesses are excited because they can see results like 92% increase in labor utilization.  
That said, if we are being honest , most organizations while hugely interested in IoT , are struggling with how to put it in place.   This is due to the fact that they are hitting some common roadblocks when it comes to gaining actionable insights from their IoT s ensor d ata. 

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