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Lessons Learned from NoSQL Now!

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NoSQL-NoDates-650pxby Jelani Harper

KeyLines reviewed some of the key takeaways from the recent NoSQL Now! conference, which include: “1. Visualization is still an afterthought. Our presentation was one of the only ones discussing visualization, and the only one that talked about how to present large volumes of data to business users of applications. Of the other presentations that mentioned visualization, it was often used as a means of visualizing the database structure or model itself – something that is certainly useful to the engineers and architects designing the application, but of limited value to the end users. Obviously we’re biased, but this makes no sense to us. Why dedicate so much time collecting and storing the data, but put so little effort into presenting that data to your users? Visualization should be a core element of your database project, not something tagged on afterwards.”

Another valuable lesson learned at the conference is: “2. Relational database models still have value. In previous years, the NoSQL movement has been about how to get away from the relational database model at all costs. NoSQL was assumed to mean “No SQL”. This year, though, there were a number of presentations that acknowledged that there is still a lot of value embedded in data stored in relational databases, and depending on the structure of that data, a tabular view of that data may still be the most efficient storage and query mechanism.”

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