Relational Databases vs. Non-Relational Databases
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  James Serra   James Serra
Data Platform Solution Architect


Tuesday, April 19, 2016
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Level:  Introductory

There is a lot of confusion about the place and purpose of the many recent non-relational database solutions ("NoSQL databases") compared to the relational database solutions that have been around for so many years. In this presentation, I will first clarify what exactly these database solutions are, compare them, and discuss the best use cases for each. I will discuss topics involving OLTP, scaling, data warehousing, polyglot persistence, and the CAP theorem. We will even touch on a new type of database solution called NewSQL. If you are building a new solution it is important to understand all your options so you take the right path to success.

James is a big data and data warehousing solution architect at Microsoft.  He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data and advanced analytics, including solutions involving hybrid technologies of relational and non-relational data, Hadoop, MPP, IoT, Data Lake, and private and public cloud. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer.  He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 25 years of IT experience.  James is a popular blogger ( and speaker, having presented at dozens of PASS events including the PASS Business Analytics conference and the PASS Summit.  He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

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