When we talk of long transactions and the challenges which they pose in terms of their handling, we often tend to forget that databases are frequently badly mismanaged. Not only are they heterogeneous and therefore incompatible even if networked, but also their level of organization, content overlaps, degrees of inconsistency, and lack of pruning are taken as facts of life rather than the danger signals they are. To appreciate how counterproductive this policy has been it is appropriate to recall that since the mid-1970s, companies have considered their database as being a corporate resource, but they rarely provide appropriate and consistent management.
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- Can We Improve Transaction-Oriented Database Management?
Dimitris N. Chorafas
- Palgrave Macmillan UK
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