The second-best way to speed up your systems... is the single-best way to go out of business.
|Maybe you grew up in one of those homes - the kind where you couldn’t sit on the furniture because it was new, couldn’t use the towels because they were for decoration, and couldn’t use the plates because they were for company. It’s the kind of home where you sit on the floor, eat with your hands, and wipe them after with your shirt. The kind of home you don’t want to live in. It’s the kind of home that doesn’t make sense. It’s the kind of home that takes years of therapy to appreciate.|
After all, furniture is made for sitting, plates for eating, and towels for wiping. They are made to be used. As William Shedd said so many years ago, “A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
One Black Friday, not so long ago, a major retailer was in serious trouble. Their online store had two peak periods a year - Black Friday and Father’s Day. They needed serious performance every day, but on those days especially. This is a great company, and they came up with great deals. So great, in fact, that on that Black Friday, their systems became slow and unresponsive as customers mobbed their site in search of the deals. This threatened their ability to capitalize on their biggest sales day of the year.
Like many major retailers, they were using an IBM DB2 LUW database. So when their systems began to slow to a crawl, they called the experts at IBM, who sprang from their plastic-covered couches into action. Their solution was simple: take the most popular products out of the store. That would reduce the load, and solve the problem.
And that, dear readers, is the second-best way to speed your system.
It also has the virtue of being the single-best way to go out of business.
You need the systems you paid for to actually work. And you should demand it. At the heart of every business is a database that must work at its very best - even when the entire world is beating down your door. If your database is slow, your business can’t grow. And if it is slow, stop accepting excuses or signing POs for expensive, non-returnable CPUs, memory, and licenses. Your systems are designed to be used. Require them to work.What You Must Know
Your database is built for speed - insist on it.
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