“NoSQL” And Service Science

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Donna M. Schaeffer
Patrick C. Olson


NoSQL, Service Science, Relational Database


Discussions of “NoSQL” naturally tend to contrast a new approach with a tired old approach. An example is the discussion in Linux Journal (Batholomew, 2010) which focused on differentiating between these new “nonrelational” products and “traditional” (relational) systems. While enthusiasm for the new (and the unjustified raised expectations) has often been the hallmark of information systems and computing, in this instance the enthusiasm may be providing a poor and misleading explanation. A more careful explanation is needed, particularly as these approaches and products may be needed to provide the realization of many promising ideas such as those associated as with Web Services.


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