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In today’s data-rich environment, the ability to query a variety of data sources is critical in the corporate and scientific worlds. The increasingly prominent field of data integration is dedicated to combining information from different origins to provide users with a single, cohesive view of their data.
Data integration specialists utilize a variety of techniques, but several approaches have gained widespread adoption. Manual integration efforts help users access data independently for individual projects, while uniform data access involves the use of a single framework to recall data from disparate sources. Both of these approaches allow data to reside in its original location, while physical data integration involves copying all data to a single, new system, from which it can then be accessed and managed.
As quantities of data have grown exponentially in recent years, more and more companies and individuals are seeking novel solutions to merge databases and make existing data more user-friendly. Drawing on an ever-expanding set of techniques, data integration professionals can design specialized solutions targeted to any company’s needs.
Lance Speck serves as vice president and general manager of Pervasive Software Inc., where he is responsible for coordinating the development of data management and integration solutions for a broad range of clients.
With Germany’s successful defeat of militaries across continental Europe and England suffering from a savage bombing campaign, the United States Military knew that it would not be long before they would have to engage German forces to liberate their allies. To do this however, the United States needed to rebuild its military quickly and to provide the best possible mechanized support platforms to assist in their activities. The Roosevelt administration put out a call across the country for vehicle designs that were rugged, stable, and versatile, yet easy and quick to produce.
The American Bantam Company was a small car manufacturer in Pennsylvania that was competing for the contract, and with the deadline looming, they called upon the talents of an engineer and designer with decades of experience in automobile manufacturing, named Karl Probst. It is said that he completed his drafts of the vehicle in only 18 hours, and out of his drawings the jeep was born.
Unfortunately for American Bantam, the US military lacked confidence in their ability to mass-produce the vehicle and passed its designs onto Ford and Willys-Overland. They were allowed to make modifications, as they deemed fitting, and together produced over 600,000 jeeps. American Bantam produced only about 2,600 jeeps; most of those vehicles going to British reconnaissance units and Russian forces.
After the war, jeeps were kept in production for both military as well as civilian use and have evolved from those heady days to be a premier, off-road sport vehicle for the modern consumer.
About the Author: Lance Speck is the Vice President and General Manager of Pervasive Software, Inc., and an avid Jeep enthusiast.
As the Vice President and General Manager of Pervasive Software, in Austin, Texas, Lance Speck understands software system integration from development to deployment. Today Mr. Speck discusses the pros and cons of cloud-based computing.
1. We have heard a lot about it, but what is the cloud exactly?
Given the rate of adoption and innovation within the realm of cloud-based applications, it is no surprise that there exists some debate about the precise definition of the cloud. I think, though, it is safe to say that the cloud is a personalized part of the Internet where a user has everywhere access to his or her data.
2. What are the major benefits of cloud-based systems?
Top on the list would be flexibility. Having access to one’s data from any location and on a growing variety of devices allows for a significant increase in productivity potential. Another major benefit is scalability. In essence, individuals and businesses using the cloud do not have the burden of traditional data infrastructure management.
3. It sounds almost too good to be true. Are there any significant disadvantages?
Sure, a cloud system is not necessarily for everyone, at least not at this point. I would say that the reduction in control might not suit all users. There is a level of trust and dependency required for using the cloud since, by design, it exists on someone else’s server.
In 1941, with the advent of the United States’ participation in World War II, American automobile company Willys-Overland Motors won a Defense Department bid to produce the Jeep, a lightweight, four-wheel-drive utility vehicle based on a design developed by automotive manufacturer American Bantam.
Noted for its versatility and reliability, the vehicle quickly became a favorite with Allied troops. In 1945, Willys-Overland Motors went on to produce the first civilian Jeep, which established the Jeep brand throughout the international marketplace. Today, that brand functions as a division of Chrysler Group, LLC, which produces a number of full-featured, updated Jeep vehicles popularly used for off-roading and all-weather driving.
About the author: Lance Speck serves as the Vice President and General Manager of Pervasive Software, in Austin, Texas. In this role, Mr. Speck oversees software development, sales, and marketing teams providing customers with local and cloud-based data integration solutions. Additionally, Lance Speck is self-described Jeep enthusiast.