TAIL AND THE MANAGEMENT DOG
A FUNDAMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF XML DATA MANAGEMENT
There isn't anything hotter than XML
these days. Vendors step onto each other to get into
the act, for fear nobody will pay any attention to
them otherwise. And users jump on the bandwagon so
as not to be "left behind". It's déjà vu.
In all the hoopla, the important basic questions
are not being asked. What data management problems
does XML solve, if any? Is it really revolutionary?
Was it necessary? How does it compare with existing
To answer such questions, XML must be evaluated within
the appropriate foundation framework. This is the
purpose of this presentation.
Pascal has a national and international
reputation as an independent technology analyst,
consultant, author and lecturer specializing in data
management. He was affiliated with Codd & Date
and for 20 years held various analytical and management
positions in the private and public sectors, has
taught and lectured at the business and academic
and advised vendor and user organizations on data
management technology, strategy and implementation.
Clients include IBM, Census Bureau, CIA, Apple, Borland,
Cognos, UCSF, and IRS. He is founder, editor and
of DATABASE DEBUNKINGS, a web site dedicated to dispelling
persistent fallacies, flaws, myths and misconceptions
prevalent in the IT industry. Together with Chris
Date he has recently launched the DATABASE
FOUNDATIONS SERIES of papers that also serve as text for his
seminars. Author of three books, he has published
extensively in most trade publications, including
Database Programming and Design, DBMS, Byte, Infoworld
and Computerworld. He is author of the contrarian
online columns Against the Grain (www.dbazine.com/),
Setting Matters Straight (www.tdan.com/), and Test
Your Foundation Knowledge (Journal
of Conceptual Modeling).