Ushering in the Age of Value Stream Management (VSM)


Click image to download white paper. “Value stream management has come of age because it’s impossible to do a large-scale digital transformation without it.” – Dr. Mik Kersten, founder and CEO of Tasktop, author of Project to Product.

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Is It a Read Intensive or a Write Intensive Workload?


While our white paper Performance at Scale could provide useful insight if you are at the planning or review stage. Further insight on how database architecture decisions can impact your business and its growth can be found in our white papers: Early Database Architecture Decisions Can Limit (or Kill) Future Growth and Early Database Architecture Decisions Can Cost (or Burn) Future Money.


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The Paradox of Leadership

Edge Perspectives

Here, I am going to focus on institutional leaders, but I have also explored the implications for systems leaders as part of my work leading a World Economic Forum Council (our white paper is available as a pdf here ). I love paradox. Today I’m going explore not just one, but two, paradoxes. Both are related to the role of leadership in our changing world.

To Transform, Trade Ego for Humility

The Agile Manager

In the European Commission’s white paper on artificial intelligence all three come together in an almost comical manner: the fear of a high-tech digital future; the need to protect oneself against it; and the complacency inherent in the belief that regulation is the solution. Ten years ago, when the mobile handset wars were in full swing, I wrote a blog analyzing the differences among the leaders in the space.

Total Cost of Ownership and the Return on Agility - All Things.

All Things Distributed

This white paper provides a detailed view of the comparable costs of running various workloads on-premises and in the AWS Cloud and offers guidance on how to work out an apples-to-apples comparison of the TCO of running web applications in the AWS Cloud versus running them on-premises.Below are some highlights of the Web Applications white paper. All Things Distributed. Werner Vogels weblog on building scalable and robust distributed systems.

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A Day in the Life of… a Software Training Specialist


Beyond training classes we also have a plethora of other resources such as user guides, videos, blogs, e-books, case studies, white papers, on-demand webinars etc. This is a collective effort by everyone who is delivering training and includes: Brian Ashcraft, Christoph Thiele, Airon Peralta, Matt Tilney, Bob Lorain, David King, Jason White, Brian Barr, Andreas Plette, Laksh Ranganathan and myself. Meet Jason Grodan, a Software Training Specialist at Tasktop!

Tuning Autovacuum in PostgreSQL and Autovacuum Internals


Our white paper discusses how your company’s DBA staff needs to adapt to their new cloud database environment and more. The performance of a PostgreSQL database can be compromised by dead tuples, since they continue to occupy space and can lead to bloat. We provided an introduction to VACUUM and bloat in an earlier blog post.

SQL Server I/O Basics Chapter #1

SQL Server According to Bob

This White Paper is for informational purposes only. The purpose of this paper is to explain the Input/Output (I/O) requirements for SQL Server database file operations so that vendors and customers can evaluate and adjust their environments to meet the needs of SQL Server. Links to information that is important to your understanding of the material covered in this paper are included where appropriate. WAL will be described in more detail in this paper.

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