In How Safe is Your Data From Theft?, Thomas LaRock (aka SQLRockStar) laments that if you want to avoid data theft, the only real protection is to not share your data with anyone. However, he does list 6 things you can do to make it just a bit harder for a data thief.
In order to avoid being an easy target for data breaches, LaRock also recommends two books by Denny Cherry:
Reading these books won't protect your data from theft, but they will help you make things more difficult for would-be crooks.
Get a feel for the capabilities of the upcoming release of SQL Server 2014 in the blog post, My top features in SQL Server 2014, from Brian Egler.
Egler's conclusion is that SQL Server 2014:
Paytronix Systems, a company that helps restaurant chains run loyalty programs and marketing campaigns, still uses Microsoft SQL Server to run its transactional systems and data warehouse, but Hadoop is used to analyze point-of-sale and loyalty program data collected from more than 8,000 restaurants, including locations of chains such as Panera, Papa Gino's, and Outback Steakhouse.
All these chains collect the same types of data, but each one has a different data model, making it impossible to use a single data model to analyze the customer behavior patterns separately for each chain.
The company uses its cloud-based Hadoop cluster to store check-level detail from every restaurant in a chain.
Learn more: Paytronix Proves SMBs Can Do Big Data Analysis
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