Stories by Christine McGeever

Business Intelligence

Companies use a wide range of technologies and products to generate what's known as business intelligence (BI).

Credit Union Maps Out Competitive Edge

Last month, the Dallas Teachers Credit Union (DTCU) went from a customer base of 250,000 professional educators to a pool of 3.5 million potential customers, a change the credit union says gives it a fighting chance against the likes of Wells Fargo Bank and Bank of America, both of which have a strong presence in Dallas.

Oracle completes 11i Suite

Oracle customers have been slow to follow the company's exhortation to run their businesses online, and last week's completion of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i appears unlikely to motivate many more of them.

Oracle Takes on NT-Like File Management

If Oracle Corp. Chairman and CEO Larry Ellison had his way, all of the world's data would reside in an Oracle database. But first things first: Oracle databases need a file management system like the one Microsoft Corp. has in Windows 9x, NT and 2000.

FBI Database Problem Halts Gun Checks

The 66-hour failure this month of an FBI database used to perform background checks on gun buyers was long enough to allow criminals to buy guns, the FBI confirmed last week. It was also the latest example of technical difficulties with a database that's barely 18 months old.

Oracle, IBM lead in databases

Oracle and IBM are the clear winners among the business intelligence users and Internet companies that fuelled growth in the database market last year.

Structured Query Language Explained

The primary vehicle used for querying, reading and updating relational databases is a language called Structured Query Language, or SQL (generally pronounced sequel). Designed for asking questions about information in a database, SQL isn't a procedural language like traditional choices such as Fortran, Basic, C or Cobol, in which you write a procedure that performs one operation after another in a predefined sequence until the task is done. The procedure may be linear, loop back on itself or jump to another point or procedure. In any case, the programmer specifies the order of execution.

Oracle, IBM Lead in Databases; Demand Up

Oracle Corp. and IBM Corp. are the clear winners among the business intelligence users and Internet companies that fueled growth in the database market last year.

Analysts: Sybase Stock Is Undervalued

Among database vendors, Sybase Inc. [Nasdaq:SYBS] is perceived to be a minor player. Compared with competitors such as Oracle Corp. [Nasdaq:ORCL], IBM [NYSE:IBM], Microsoft Corp. [Nasdaq:MSFT] and Informix Corp. [Nasdaq:IFMX], Sybase had the smallest share of new-license revenue last year, at 3.6%. In contrast, market leader Oracle's rate was 30.7%, according to Stamford, Connecticut-based Gartner Group Inc.

Net speed pushes database makers to shift gears

The Internet economy's voracious appetite for information has made data a commodity. But the tools for managing that data have always been complex and expensive - characteristics that don't fit the average e-commerce business plan.

IBM: Data Mgmt. Software posts strong quarter

Sales of IBM's data management software products in the first quarter of 2000 grew three times faster than the industry rate of 20 percent, according to Janet Perna, general manager of IBM's data management division in Somers, New York.

SQL Server 2000 Gears Up for E-Commerce

Hoping to make its flagship database a better fit for Web applications, Microsoft Corp. this week released a second beta of SQL Server 2000. The beta features a data mining engine, native support for the content-tagging language XML and integration with Microsoft's BizTalk Server.