What is SQL, and why should I care?

SQL – Structured Query Language

SQL is the most popular database programming language in the world – and for good reason! It has been accepted as both an ANSI and ISO standard for over two decades, and is used in some implementation by nearly every major company in existence.

Originally developed by IBM in the early 70s, SQL was used by Oracle to create their flagship product – Oracle DBMS, and by Microsoft to develop SQL Server. While these two options make up the vast majority of large-scale SQL implementations, there are numerous open-source and smaller software packages using the language to manage and deliver data.

Whether you realize it or not, SQL databases form the backbone of most of the popular services and products that you use. Businesses use it for everything from business reporting to order flow, inventory management, and keeping financial records. No doubt you’ve heard about Big Data on the news – this is where that data lives.

What’s this have to do with me?

Our purpose here is twofold – to help the business user realize the power of their database systems, and to help young talent break into the field of data management.

For the business user, we offer a wide array of database consulting services:

  • Server Setup – building your environment from the ground up, in a scalable manner.
  • Data Migration – how do we get this giant pile of Excel sheets into a database?
  • Performance Tuning – you need access to information quickly, in order to use it.
  • Report Building – How can I view what I need to, when I need it?

For the young professional, we offer knowledge and guidance.

The field of Big Data is the future of business technology. Here on the site, we want to help you realize the potential of working with it, and unlock the next generation of talent. We plan to release content on a weekly basis, to take you from absolute beginner, to budding professional.

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