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Published by Alex Slotnick on Dec 2, 2015 4:10:19 PM

Could Target Have Avoided its Cyber Monday Systems Shake-up?

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have now come and gone, and in the midst of the holiday's heavy shopping traffic, we hope that everything went smoothly for online retailers and their databases. As we wrote back in October, the days after Thanksgiving are famous for being the most major shopping days of the year, and they allow stores across the country to make enviable profits... if their systems are ready for the huge spikes in traffic. The best way for businesses to prep is to outfit their databases with powerful monitoring tools, so they can address any issues that arise, smoothly and swiftly. 

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Oct 22, 2015 2:11:40 PM

How to Turn Black Friday Pandemonium into Profit — Buff Up Your Databases

Black Friday means two major things to retailers in 2015: opportunity and chaos. These ideas go hand-in-hand, of course. On the biggest shopping weekend of the year, retailers find themselves faced with the opportunity to benefit from the demands of wave after wave of customers – if those waves don’t crush them first. News stations across the country delight in covering the annual craziness at retailers’ physical locations, and over the past few years, many of us have gotten used to watching highlight clips of shopping anarchy, the morning after Turkey Day, while we recover from our tryptophan comas.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Aug 26, 2015 10:57:00 AM

7 Databases We'd Love to See Released to the Public

Last week we blogged about how the Museum of Modern Art released a CSV file with an enormous cache of data, giving the public access to information about 125,000+ pieces of art. By sharing that data under the Creative Commons license, the museum offered the world the power to spread that knowledge without risk. MoMA’s publication of their database was a huge boon to scholars and art lovers, plus a fantastic endorsement of open information.

Here at VividCortex, we got to thinking: What are some other databases we’d love to see released to the public? Check out our list below.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Aug 19, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The Fine Data of Fine Art

Here at VividCortex, it’s clear to us that proper database monitoring is “an art.” Beyond simple, raw power, navigating and understanding a database takes finesse, insight, and, often, a kind of eloquence. 

On special occasions, though, the artistry of database monitoring becomes a little bit more literal, and we get to see how the functions of big data can be applied to the actual world of Fine Art.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Aug 10, 2015 11:22:00 AM

Election Money and Data

So far, the early drama of the 2016 presidential race has been more silly than substantial. Donald Trump has been a (successful?!) one-man show, Hillary has been playing coy, some candidates have been getting trolled (much to Reddit’s delight), and, this week, Fox News has announced its first Republican debate line-up, which somehow seems more akin to the guest list for a popular 7th grader’s slumber party than presidential grooming. But there’s been one topic of conversation that’s been deadly serious and that is sure to stay on people’s minds: campaign finance.

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Published by Anna Navatsyk on Jul 16, 2015 5:25:00 AM

Big Data Visualization

The Open. The historic foundation of the major championships. Played on one of the iconic courses throughout Great Britain’s lush hills. The intensity is palpable as golf’s greats compete for the coveted Claret Jug. Every drive, chip and putt matter. Players are a birdie away from glory and a sandtrip away from irrelevance, and this year, big data is at the heart of this age old tradition.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Jul 14, 2015 10:51:00 AM

Little Pluto and Its Big Data

The world’s scientific communities are abuzz today thanks to NASA’s New Horizons probe and its mission to Pluto, which achieved the closest approach of its flyby this morning and started collecting a wealth of new information on our solar system’s tiniest and most distant planet/not-planet. What did NASA share with us earthlings first? A picture, of course. The most glamorous profile ever recorded of Pluto, the King of the Kuiper Belt, graced the front pages of our newspapers and greeted readers with what will surely become an iconic shot. NASA knows that for the layman, nothing is quite as exciting as a spectacular photo of a celestial body, taken at a higher-resolution than ever before. With all that empty space out there a lot of people just want to know, What can we see?

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Published by Anna Navatsyk on Feb 5, 2015 7:21:00 AM

In Case You Missed It - Stackscope Industry Webinar

This is a must see for anyone in the ever-transforming technology industry. Join Adrian Cockcroft, Jason Dixon, Nathen Harvey and Baron Schwartz discuss the Internet of Things. Some highlights:

  • How do we reconcile the containerization dissonance?

  • What are the advantages, scaling hurdles and security implications of Docker?

  • What monitoring methods will ultimately reign supreme, and what tools are ahead of the curve?

  • What are the paths toward DevOps, and will everyone eventually adapt?

  • How do companies like Chef, Librato and NetFlix use containerization, monitoring and DevOps?

  • What is the future of database as a service and the next big programming language?

  • The 2020 landscape

Over the coming weeks, we will be posting bits and pieces, but you can register for a full recording here. And you should!

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