Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

The University of Minnesota Delivers Database as a Service

It seems we usually read about large enterprises and governments leading the way in delivering database as service, but it should be no surprise that top educational institutions have a few things to teach us.  In a recent OracleVoice post on forbes.com,  Database as a Service: A Pioneer Explains How It's Done, the University of Minnesota discusses how they are providing database as a service to consumers across the university, and the benefits that both IT and consumers are seeing.

One interesting aspect of educational institutions versus enterprises is that the former often provide troves of useful information on their public websites.  A visit to http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/index.html will enable some fruitful searches for more details.


Thursday Jan 02, 2014

Some light reading while the clouds lift

In case you took a break over New Year's and aren't quite ready for "real" work, but still feel obligated to visit sites such as this one, here's a reward for your efforts.  (If you're ready for serious work, the following may disappoint you.)

I've been working in this database cloud / DBaaS area for a few years now.  One of the perks is the term itself:  adding cloud images to presentations is pleasing, exchanging meteorological puns and banter is entertaining,  etc. etc.  I do have one issue with the term though - it's too close to my last name.  And thanks to my poor typing skills, plus autocorrect, plus inopportune inattention, it's not unusual for me to swap "clouse" for "cloud" - such as when registering for an event last year.  When I approached the check-in table to get my expo badge, it took three registration workers to eventually figure out that I had registered as "Burt Cloud".  It was nice to see the harried staff have a good laugh, but when they insisted I present an ad lib keynote I had to flee to the booth.

But back to the positives.  Being associated with 'cloud' encourages friends and colleagues to share anything about moisture in the air, such as this amazing video.  Enjoy and Happy New Year!


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