Beyond relational databases: a solution to data fragmentation

Beyond relational databases


The past 30 years have seen two major shifts in the prevailing technology paradigm. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, client-server applications became the accepted state-of-the-art. These combined the benefits of shared central resources – typical of the older mainframe world – with the local computing resources of increasingly powerful desktop machines. Typical applications involved a ‘fat client’ with a server database. Most of the analytical heavy lifting took pla