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Top 5 Database Management Systems

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Databases are hidden driving forces behind IT systems of modern companies. They have become an essential commodity which contains vital business intelligence data and conducts numerous transactions daily. Tech giants supply the market with many products that enable enterprises to get the most value out of present IT skills and assets. The choice is highly dependent on the company’s strategy and business goals, but here are the best of the best.

Oracle

One of the most popular solutions nowadays, Oracle database is an integral part of the Fusion Applications platform. There are several versions available, the latest being 12c. The Standard Edition features basic functions and is widely used on servers running up to four processors. The presence of more CPUs often requires an upgrade to Enterprise license, which is more feature-packed, especially in the areas of security and performance.

Oracle is superior when it comes to centralizing the customer information and accelerated analyzing. It keeps up with advanced solutions like JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) and industry standards such as flash technology. Also, the good news is that the market is teeming with quality technicians and developers for Oracle databases.

IBM DB2

Much like the Oracle, there are many flavors of the IBM’s suite. They can be used for both mainframes and mobile devices, and have different licensing arrangements. Users are able to get into shadow tables, advanced compression, JSON, and temporal capabilities. It is worth mentioning the BLU acceleration,the next gen IBM’s technology, which possesses a column store and in-memory capabilities.

A beloved Enterprise Edition (DB2 DWE) is tailored to online transactions processing and business intelligence functions.  One can utilize it for data extraction, mining, loading, and transformation. Moreover, taking advantage of online analytical processing and inline analytics helps organizations gain an edge in the tech industry.

Microsoft SQL Server

One of the strong points of this Server and information platform is native integration with Windows Server Software. In works only on Windows, but with the support for a wide array of versions and additions like Azure, Microsoft’s could integration .The tech framework suits the mixed workloads in areas of development, security and business intelligence.

Major users like London Underground have integrated project management applications into SQL servers that are handling hundreds of simultaneous operations. Furthermore, aseamless integration ofother tools like business intelligence software enhances collaboration, social intelligence as well as data delivery. Their other benefits include advanced analytics,deeper insights in big data,andmobile BI.

Mongo DB

Apart from the big three, there are other solid systems like MongoDB. It employs the NoSQL innovations of flexibility, scalability and performance, while using the foundations of relational databases. Written in C++, this is an open source, schema-free software with some intriguing capabilities. This means that there are no document definition requirements: MongoDB will hold any document you please.

Ease of use is another ace up MongoDB’s sleeve and in shows when installing, indexing and using programming languages. Many small businesses and startups turn to this platform because it can evolve hand in hand with their operations. You do not need a whole division of DBAs or to spend a fortune on the hardware. What is more, Mongo supports sharing and horizontal scalability, making reads faster.

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Postgre SQL

Last, but not the least is an open source, object-relational system Postgre SQL. It is a unified database server with one storage engine, and its nature allows it to be easily adopted by end-users and tech suppliers. The performance is satisfactory, with options to speed up certain operations. Quick switching of operations between the master and the replica database also comes in handy.

Stored procedures and sub-queries provide stability, and there is support for JSON. Developers can also make good use of the background workers that help in automating and executing operations of applications. There are some other developer-friendly options like automatically updated viewswhich makePostgre a welcome addition to the DMS market mix.

The age of information

In a digital era, data warehouses are a centerpiece of IT infrastructure, and the focus is on mixed workloads, functionality and strong performance.  The data management landscape is still dominated by the holy trinity: Oracle, IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL.  However, these front-runners can be expensive to license and support, which is why some enterprises opt for alternatives. IT departments are under pressure to take their productiveness to the next level, while NoSQL developments have brought forth a diverse group of other peculiar databases.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Outsourcing Your Digital Marketing

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In the hyper-connected world that we live in today, it’s a common occurrence for a smaller business to team up with other agencies in order to provide a full service. This gives them an opportunity to focus on their core tasks and keeps the business model quite simple. One of the most outsourced tasks (alongside IT, HR and customer support) is digital marketing. Now, digital marketing is an umbrella term, which means that you can still outsource a part of your marketing-related tasks while performing other tasks on your own. Regardless of what choice you make, there are advantages and downsides. Here are some of them.

1.      Advantage: Getting the results much faster

The first thing you should understand about your digital marketing is the fact that you’ll be getting the results much faster than if you were to make an in-house team. The latter may take a long time to pull off, due to the fact that you need to hire staff, buy hardware and pay for software licenses, organize the team and draft a strategy on your own. Keep in mind that this is how long it takes without you waiting for the team to become experienced enough. Once you add this into the mix and realize that time is, indeed, a finite resource, you’ll realize that outsourcing gets you results much faster.

2.      Disadvantage: Losing touch with your brand

The problem with outsourcing is that you’re losing personal touch with what your brand is all about. Sure, you know the starting point and you’re aware of the direction you want your brand to take, but you can never really know how your business is going to evolve over the course of time. Therefore, it wouldn’t be impossible for you to lose touch with your brand. In time, you might have trouble understanding what your organization is all about, which is about as bad as it gets.

3.      Advantage: Experts perform specialized tasks

Some aspects of your digital marketing are fairly simple and easy to pull off as a DIY project. Others, nonetheless, may require skill, experience and technical prowess in the field. Add to this the need for specialized tools and years of experience using it and you might just get the full picture. Sometimes, it’s not just about the fact that you couldn’t do it. It’s about the fact that you couldn’t do it as effectively as an expert could. A perfect example of this is the art of social media analytics, which lays as the basis of your future digital marketing strategy. A slight misinterpretation here could lose you a small fortune in the future, which is why it’s best left to experts.

4.      Disadvantage: Changing partners

Even if you’re happy with the choice that you’ve made when outsourcing, not a lot of partnerships go the distance. You might soon be forced to change partners for several reasons. For instance, even though you’re satisfied with the service they’re providing, your business has ever-growing digital marketing needs that they can’t keep up with. Other than this, a mistake (a partnership ending one), could happen on both ends, which is why they might be the ones to cancel the collaboration. Either way, switching to a new partner might be an occurrence that your business, your brand and your public image might come to suffer for.

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5.      Advantage: Simplicity

The last thing you need to understand is the fact that the simplicity of your business operation plays a huge factor when it comes to your chance of success. This is especially true for inexperienced or first-time entrepreneurs. The more complex your business structure is, the bigger the chance is that something will go horribly wrong.

Moreover, by outsourcing tasks that you’re ill-equipped to handle, you’ll get your hands free to focus on those tasks that you do know quite a bit about. Let’s be realistic, all the areas that are usually outsourced are additions to your business but your ability to provide a service or sell a product serve as a core of your business model. Put simply, outsourcing will help you set your priorities straight.

Conclusion

As you can see, some of the above-listed advantages and disadvantages are universally true for outsourcing, in general, regardless if it’s digital marketing that we’re talking about. On the other hand, it’s also one of the areas of your business that you’re the most likely to outsource, which is why we felt obliged to go into the specifics, where it was necessary. The choice is up to you but now, at least, you know what you’re up against.

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Facebook partners Nigerian firm to intensify fight against fake news

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Facebook partners Nigerian firm to intensify fight against fake news

Facebook has partnered Dubawa, a Nigerian Online platform, to intensify the fight against fake information in the country. Adaora Ikenze, Facebook’s Head of Public Policy for West and Central Africa said on Monday that the partnership came following the recent launch of Facebook’s Third-Party Fact-Checking programme.
Facebook partners Nigerian firm to intensify fight against fake news

The Third-Party programme is to help assess the accuracy of news and reduce the spread of misinformation. Dubawa is an online platform which provides factual information to its readers, so they can make informed decisions, whether political, economic, security or mainstream decisions, based on the truth.

Ikenze said that Facebook’s fact-checking programme, which also improved the quality of news people found on its platform, relied on feedback from the Facebook community, as one of many signals it used to raise potentially-false stories to fact-checkers for review.

She said that local articles would be fact-checked alongside the verification of photos and videos.

According to her, if one of Facebook’s fact-checking partners identifies a story as false, Facebook will show it lower in News Feed, significantly reducing its distribution.

“This new partnership with Dubawa further highlights our commitment in tackling misinformation and false news across Nigeria and builds on the already important work that AFP and Africa Check have begun.

“We know that Third-Party Fact-Checking alone is not the solution. It is one of many initiatives and programmes we continue to invest in across the country to help to improve the quality of information people see on Facebook, ‘’ Ikenze said.

“With this new partnership, we aim to build on the work we already started in Nigeria.

“Nigeria is important to us and we are committed to taking our responsibility seriously in tackling the spread of false news,” she said in a statement.

Commenting on the partnership, Ebele Oputa, Project Officer and Editor, Dubawa, said that the danger of fake news, misinformation, disinformation, in whatever form, was ever more real and vivid in today’s world.

“In recent years, we have seen democracies all over the world, being threatened by the spread of false news.

“As a fact-checking organisation in Nigeria, we try as much as we can to fight this via our articles, tweets and trainings but we also understand the role that technology plays in getting the right information to the public.

“As such, our partnership with Facebook is very pivotal in ensuring that factual information gets to the people who earnestly needs it to make right decisions,” Oputa said.

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Frontier Airlines Expands Partnership With Points To Enhance Travel Redemption Program

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Frontier leverages Points Travel services for members to gain access to over 300,000 hotels
TORONTO, Feb. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — the global leader in powering loyalty commerce, today announced that it has expanded its partnership with FRONTIER Miles, the recently reinvented frequent flyer program of low-fare carrier, Frontier Airlines to leverage Points Travel services, the industry leading white label hotel platform for access to over 300,000 hotels at the click of a button.

Through a single integration with Points’ Loyalty Commerce Platform, which powers Points Travel services, FRONTIER Miles members now have the ability to redeem miles when booking on over 300,000 hotels across the globe. This significant program enhancement is following a successful partnership launch this year with Points and Groupon when FRONTIER Miles leveraged Points’ platform to offer Groupon customers the opportunity to earn up to 5 FRONTIER Miles per dollar spent when buying eligible Groupon deals.

“With the introduction of our recently reimagined FRONTIER Miles program, we’re excited to expand our relationship with Points, growing our redemption capabilities to more than 300,000 hotels, and ensuring the redemption of miles is made even easier and more rewarding for our customers,” said Tommy Langhauser, senior manager of loyalty and partnerships, Frontier Airlines. “The addition of mileage redemption for hotels through Points allows us to give our passengers added flexibility in redeeming their FRONTIER Miles for any part of their next vacation and beyond.”

Frontier Airlines first partnered with Points in 2011 to offer a number of Points’ Loyalty Currency Retailing services, including Buy, Gift and Share to enable its members to get more out of their participation. The introduction of Points Travel services and overall closer collaboration with Points will ensure the recently reinvented FRONTIER Miles loyalty program can continue to better engage their members, generate incremental revenue and drive new member acquisition.

“We have been proud partners of Frontier Airlines for many years now, and are thrilled to be able to further expand our relationship,” said Rob MacLean, CEO of Points. “We look forward to leveraging our platform to power new features for Frontier to attract new members, and to deepen loyalty and flexible engagement opportunities with its existing members.”

Points Travel can be quickly integrated into any loyalty program’s web and mobile properties to create a highly-converting, travel eCommerce offering that is program-branded and leverages the capabilities of the Points Loyalty Commerce Platform. The user experience is simple and intuitive, taking members from consideration to purchase in just a few clicks, ultimately rewarding members with thousands of points or miles as well as being able to redeem points for bookings at thousands of hotels and car rental companies around the world.

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