Relational technology

 
Associative technology

We don't need new thought processes to think about new things -
why do our systems?

             
 

Every new relational application needs a new set of programs developed from scratch, because a program written to use one set of tables cannot be reused with a different set.

     

Programs are truly reusable: the same set of programs can be used to implement many different applications without being altered or rewritten in any way.  More...

 
             
All databases store data -
why can't they work together more easily?
             
 

Information about identical things in the real world is structured differently in every database. Data warehousing and mining techniques are needed to extract useful information from multiple databases.

     

Databases can be readily integrated in minutes without programming or data warehousing tools. Similar types and matching instances may be flagged as equivalent or precedent.  More...

 
             
All data is valuable -
why discard old data as new data is added?
             
  Relational applications cannot readily record the changing values of data over time. As the value of data becomes clearer, an architecture that depends on discarding data as it goes looks anachronistic       All changes to an associative database are accomplished by adding data. Users may see the state of data at any time in the past. This applies also to schema changes, so data and schema are always in sync.  More...  
             
Users don't all need the same functionality -
why is customisation so difficult?
             
  Relational applications can be tailored to the needs of individual users only through complex parameterisation or customisation, which renders subsequent upgrades more difficult.       Applications can allow features to be used or ignored selectively by individual users without the need for parameterisation or customisation. Data sets can be partitioned with precise granularity, to be visible or invisible to individual users.  More...  
             
All customers aren't the same -
why store the same information about each one?
             
  Applications store the same information about every customer, order, product and so on and cannot record and take account of the needs of individual customers, employees and so on.       An associative database can easily record information that is relevant only to one thing of a particular type, without demanding that it be relevant to all other things of the same type. More...  
             
 

 

 
         
 
 
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