Why You Should Care About Open Standards in Big Data

Why You Should Care About Open Standards in Big Data

May 01, 2015 0 Comments

Join us for the roundtable hosted by DBTA

Jesse Davis and Sumit Sarkar host a special roundtable discussion about big data standards on May 7, 2015 at 2 pm EDT.

It is strange to consider a world where interchangeable parts and standards weren’t the norm. In such a world, if any part—down to the smallest nuts and bolts—broke on some piece of equipment, you would have no choice but to return the entire thing to the manufacturer for repairs. That process would take an enormous amount of time and money and would likely involve fabricating brand new parts to replace the broken ones. Without standards for health and safety, disease would spread like wildfire and injuries would be far more common. If there were no standards for road signage, travel would be a nightmare and likely dangerous as every state might have their own idea about what color means “go.” A lack of standards is unacceptable in these scenarios and it should be unacceptable in software, too.

Open Standards Mean Better Data

Until recently, there have been very few challengers to the relational databases like SQL Server that have reigned supreme for nearly fifty years. Now, traditional relational databases find themselves being replaced by newcomers like MongoDB, Cassandra, Hadoop and other non-relational, NoSQL, NewSQL and Big Data options. These new technologies have a lot to offer but don’t always play nice with existing systems and applications that were built with relational models in mind. Luckily, we have open standards that define how databases should communicate, so as long as those standards are supported, applications and databases can be mixed and matched as easily as your wardrobe!

Webinar: Learn From Those Who Know it Best

For decades, Progress® DataDirect® has been the industry leader in developing and contributing to these standards, including ODBC, JDBC and OData. We want to share our experience with you through a special roundtable discussion hosted by Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) on May 7 at 2 pm EDT. During the presentation, speakers Jesse Davis and Sumit Sarkar will teach you:

  • How Big Data has made ODBC and JDBC more important than ever
  • The impact of open standards on Big Data and vice versa
  • Where OData fits into your Big Data investment

Join us to find out more about why data standards matter. We’re sure it will be a lively discussion!

Suzanne Rose

Suzanne Rose

Suzanne is passionate about promoting the Progress Data Connectivity and Integration business and corporate initiatives through social media and other marketing channels using extraordinary and compelling content and effective metrics. She is also team lead for DCI content developers, new hires and interns.

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