VLDB – We’ve Moved! Returning To Our Founder’s Roots

Myself and the rest of the Liverpool-based members of VLDB recently moved offices. This move represents a 30-year journey back to where I started. Allow me to explain… ‘Back in the day’ there were two main employers in Old Hall St, the centre of Liverpool’s CBD: Royal Insurance (‘The Royal’) …

Analytical Maturity Models – Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

According to a recent Gartner study (Dec ’18), “87% of organisations have low BI and analytics maturity” (Source- ‘Low Bi and Analytical Maturity’) On first impressions, this sounds like ‘shots fired’ by Gartner. So, what can they mean by ‘low BI and analytics maturity’, and can this possibly be true? …

30 Years In IT…You’d get Less for Murder!

A few weeks ago marked 30 years since yours truly started out as a graduate IT trainee at Royal Insurance (now RSA) in 1988. Back then, there were no PCs, just dumb terminals; no mobile phones, just landlines; no email, no internet. But the biggest shock of all: other people …

PostgresConf 2018 Musings

Yours truly attended the Postgres Conf in Jersey City last week with my esteemed colleague Richard Jackson. It was quite a blast, to say the least…apart from not getting home until late Saturday afternoon. Ho hum. PostgresConf 2018, Jersey City, USA PostgreSQL Re-Cap PostgreSQL, or Postgres for short, is an open source …

Xmas Wish List

All We Want For Christmas It’s that time of year…yes Christmas (Xmas for short), most definitely not <yuck>’holidays'</yuck>. There’s far too much chocolate in the VLDB office as you might expect. Geeks & chocolate are a winning combo, so it won’t last long. Moving on…office Xmas decorations – check. Office …

Teradata MPP on AWS

Multi-node Teradata on AWS Teradata’s eponymous database became available on AWS in Q116 as a single node (SMP) only offering, as detailed in a previous VLDB blog post: Teradata on AWS – Configurations & Pricing Of far more interest to most folks was the availability of multi-node (MPP) Teradata systems …