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? …

The Exploration of Programming Languages – Standards of a Coder

Having been involved in IT for 30 years I have often been left bemused by the standards used by some programmers and sometimes imposed by programming languages. I started on Cobol. There were strict naming standards for file division, working storage and linkage section variables so you knew what you …

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 …

Mini-disks, Sabre-toothed Chickens and Pizza Grease – a Deadly Serious Discussion of Technology and Prediction.

  “All fixed, fast frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air…” -Karl Marx (1967. source1) When Marx wrote this, he was talking about the sweeping …

An Introduction to Primary Indexes and Distribution Keys

It’s All About Data Distribution. As experts in Massively Parallel Processing (MPP), here at VLDB Solutions we talk regularly about ‘Primary Indexes’ (PI) or ‘Distribution Keys’ (DK). They are integral to the architecture of both Teradata and Greenplum respectively, and the correct identification and employment of them is ‘key’ to …

Google Cloud Platform Review: Head In The Clouds

Google Cloud Platform Review: Head In The Clouds   Over the last decade, cloud computing services have sky rocketed as people push them to their limits and beyond to find more, advantageous uses for them. Providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and VMware are constantly refining their …