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Big Data in the Real World: Retail

It’s no secret that the retail industry has faced drastic changes over the past decade.   Trends ranging from changing demographics (Millennials replacing Baby Boomers as primary customers), online sales growth while brick and mortar revenues decline, an increase in major security breaches affecting millions of customers, and customer experience failures (and wins) broadcast through social media. All of these affect the way major retailers, as well as mom and pop shops, do business today.
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Enterprise Software Requires Enterprise Quality Assurance

When companies look at investing in enterprise software, they’ll have a checklist of features and requirements for the software.  Something that’s often missing from the criteria used to evaluate a product, especially a new generation technology, is a point on quality assurance. Has the vendor established “a fantastic quality assurance process?”  Adding this to your checklist can save your company a lot of time and money in ongoing sustainment costs and will ultimately improve your users’ experience.
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Minimize Constant Data Format Transformations with MarkLogic NoSQL Database Platform

If you’ve ever developed an enterprise web application with a relational database then you’re very familiar with the constant data format transformations that need to take place in the middle tier.  When retrieving data from a relational database, you are forced to transform the retrieved columns and rows into an XML or JSON document that can be consumed by the requestor.  Likewise, if a web service client delivers an XML or JSON document into your application and you need to store the XML or JSON document content, you now need to transform the XML data by mapping it into columns and rows to be inserted into your relational database.
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Can’t do joins with MarkLogic? It’s just a matter of Semantics!

I had a great time at the recent MarkLogic conference and wanted to share just one thing: joins are not dead!  If you’re like me, you’ve spent the last 20 years working with relational databases.  When I first looked at MarkLogic, I was shocked (dismayed?) that there was no clear way to join tables.  Why?  Because there are no tables!?!?  Instead, we just have this mass of documents, some of which might contain data describing a <person> while others contain data describing a <car>.
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