Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The beginning of the end of NoSQL — Too much information

Earlier this year, Gartner killed the term Business Intelligence and its associated Business Intelligence Competency Center (BICC) acronym, and "introduced" the term Business Analytics and the concept of Business Analytic Teams (BATs).

Some NoSQL-categorized vendors now prefer to be called anything but NoSQL, since this connotation lumps together various technologies into a single buzzword acronym.

CouchDB is often categorized as a “NoSQL” database, a term that became increasingly popular in late 2009, and early 2010. While this term is a rather generic characterization of a database, or data store, it does clearly define a break from traditional SQL-based databases. A CouchDB database lacks a schema, or rigid pre-defined data structures such as tables. Data stored in CouchDB is a JSON document(s). The structure of the data, or document(s), can change dynamically to accommodate evolving needs.

So if the term NoSQL is dead, what is the replacement?  NewSQL?  The lack of creativity is amazing.

A database is only a database if it is an organized collection of data.  Are NoSQL databases really organized or are they freeform?  If it's not a database, what is this unstructured set of information called?

Another term that could be headed for the Furby pile is "Big Data" which is apparently a trademark of a corporation.  Massive Data sounds better to me anyway...

The beginning of the end of NoSQL — Too much information

Speaking of Furbys...

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