Intelligent Enterprise

Automation alley. (Editor's Page).

THE GO-GO DAYS of the database tool industry--once known by its bacchanalian bashes at the big annual database user conferences with cameo appearances by the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and Elvis impersonators--seem a distant memory. Since the relational database explosion in the mid-1980s, this cottage industry has thrived on large pieces of the data management puzzle that DBMS vendors left behind. However, many wonder if its days are numbered. Recently, the DBMS vendors have been introducing "self-healing" features and functions--and generally enlarging their footprints to pull functions once left to the third-party providers into their realm.

I communicated recently with Craig Mullins, director of technology planning for BMC Software and popular contributor to database industry publications, conferences, and trade shows. …

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