The Associative Model of Data is a new data­base architecture conceived as an alternative to the Relational Model of Data, the software industry's standard arch­itecture for database management systems.

The Associative Model embodies a radically different approach, but is equally powerful and expressive.

In addition, it overcomes some significant limit­ations of the Relational Model.

Lazysoft's Sentences database management system is the first implementation of the Associative Model.


When the Relational Model was introduced in 1970, a large application might have been 50 tables and 200 programs.

Today's enterprise applications often comprise tens of thousands of tables and correspondingly vast numbers of programs.

The scale of modern applic­ations has now outstripped their developers' ability to readily comprehend them.

This is why modern data­base applications are so costly to build and maintain.

The Associative Model is a response to this vast increase in complexity.

 The US Navy and the Associative Model

In March 2013, the US Navy endorsed the value and relevance of the Associative Model in its SBIR Topic N132-131 entitled "Scalable, Secure Associative Database".

The topic says:

"[The associative model] has broad applications for knowledge management and relationship extraction in both government and private sectors.

In government it has numerous applications in military, intelligence communities, law-enforcement, homeland security, state and local governments to deal with asymmetric threats, deploy first responders, crisis management planning, and humanitarian aid response.

The technology is equally compelling in commercial sector applications as it provides an environment to rapidly infer relationship and connect the right consumers to appropriate suppliers for wide-ranging services.

In essence the associative database system enables rapid understanding of highly complex events and situations by "connecting the dots" in an environment that involves high data volume and quick response".

Click here for a pdf of the topic.

In his paper "The End of an Architectural Era (It's Time for a Complete Rewrite)", Professor Michael Stonebraker of MIT, a pioneer of relational technology and founder of Ingres, concludes:

"The DBMS vendors (and the research community) should start with a clean sheet of paper and design systems for tomorrow's requirements, not continue to push code lines and architectures designed for yesterday's needs."

VLDB '07 September 23-28, 2007. © 2007 VLDB Endowment. Copied by permission of the Very Large Database Endowment

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