November 23rd, 2017 Presentation!
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Date: Thursday, November 23, 2017

Registration & Refreshments: 8:00 am
AGM: 8:25 am – 8:30 am
Presentation: 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Location: University of Calgary Downtown Campus
Room 330
906 – 8th Ave. SW

Eventbrite - COUG Presentation November 23rd, 2017

Presentation: Introduction to NoSQL & MongoDB Database

The term “NoSQL” is very ill-defined. It’s generally applied to a number of recent nonrelational databases such as MongoDB, Cassandra, Neo4J, and Redis.
They embrace schema-less data, run on clusters, and have the ability to trade off traditional consistency for other useful properties. Advocates of NoSQL databases claim that they can build systems that are more performant, scale much better, and are easier to program with.

Speaker:  Alex Kizer, Groundswell Group

  • Alex Kizer is an Oracle Certified Professional, MySQL DBA and Developer with 18 years of experience in IT support and database administration, including high-tech manufacturing QA, project improvement, and system management.
  • Over the past few years, Alex has been involved in a number of projects as a DBA, by managing a portfolio of engagements and projects supporting all aspects of development and administration for SQL Server, MS Access, MySQL\MongoDB database, Data Warehouse as well as BI reporting design and implementation.
  • Alex is currently a Data Integration Consultant at Groundswell Group working on Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing projects.

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