The Database Is Only Half Done
Big Data LDN 2019 | The Database Is Only Half Done | Ben Stopford
What you'll learn
Databases represent some of the most successful software that has ever been written and their importance over the last fifty years is hard to overemphasize. Over this time, they have evolved to form a vast landscape of products that cater to different data types, volumes, velocities and query characteristics. But the broad definition of what a database is has changed relatively little. Databases are passive receptacles that store our data and wait to be queried: an approach designed to help humans carry out the activities that businesses need to perform. But today's world is far less dependent on human interaction. Booking a taxi, buying groceries, or applying for a loan to buy a house are all increasingly automated processes driven by machines. This change in purpose forces a fundamental question: Is the database in its current form the right abstraction for this machine-driven world? In this session, Ben Stopford will introduce a new type of database that caters not only for the tables and columns we are familiar with but also the continuous, never-ending streams of events that represent data as it moves.