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9 Lessons: Picking the Right NoSQL Tools

Summary:  This blog series is designed to help you understand which NOSQL Big Data database is right for you.  It is addressed to business executives and managers who need a primer on how this decision should be made. 

by  William Vorhies

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Starting a Big Data Initiative is challenging.  It is after all not trivial in terms of direct costs or the time involvement of your brightest most valuable employees.  On the benefit side this decision is rich with opportunity that can easily be lost or at least impaired by selecting the wrong solution.  The good news is that there are several types of Big Data databases to pick from.  The bad news is that there is no one type that does everything the best.

We promise to keep jargon and technical detail to a minimum.  This is written for you folks who are going to write the check and whose careers may hinge on converting this investment into competitive advantage. 

Still, this is a complex topic in a rapidly changing environment.  But as Albert Einstein famously said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler”.

If you’re at the ‘should we at all’ stage, see our separate blog series on opportunities, strategies, and use cases. And let me say right up front, if you aren’t already at least a solid B student in the utilization of predictive analytics (predictive modeling, data visualization, and optimization) then you should fall back and start there. 

The path to value from data always passes through predictive analytics.  If you aren’t currently exploiting the data you have, or the data you could acquire that can reasonably be housed in your current relational database management system (RDBMS) data warehouse, start there.  Big data promises incremental gains in profiting from data, but you need predictive analytics, not big data to achieve the lion’s share of the value.

In this series, we start with the assumption that you’ve read enough to understand that the siren song of big data is strong for your organization.  The question to be answered is how to select the right database application to bring this from song to a symphony of opportunities and profits.

Lesson 1: What Are Your Options?  NOSQL / NewSQL

Lesson 2: NoSQL Databases are Good for Everything – Except Maybe this One Thing

Lesson 3: Open Source, Distribution, or Suite

Lesson 4: Features Common to (Most) NoSQL/NewSQL Databases

Lesson 5: Key Value Stores (AKA 'Tuple' Stores)

Lesson 6: Document Oriented Databases

Lesson 7: Column Oriented Databases (aka Big Table or Wide Column)

Lesson 8: Graph Databases

(Lesson 9 not yet published)

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