Ep 41 – Telco Religious Wars: Charging Databases

This week’s guest

Alex DeBrie

Principal DeBrie Advisory

If you get a group of technical people together, they will always find something to argue about. Everyone has an opinion, and this is definitely true when it comes to charging—a high volume, highly transactional business process. The type of database your vendor uses will have a huge effect on the design of your system.

In this episode, I talk with Alex DeBrie, principal at DeBrie Advisory. He geeks out on databases as much as I do—he even wrote a book about DynamoDB. (Find it in our episode resources.) Press play to hear our conversation about:

  • The pros and cons of the three database choices in the charging market today [4:00];
  • Why Amazon famously celebrated when it dumped its relational database [8:11];
  • How non-relational, no-SQL databases change the playing field when it comes to charging [10:18]; and
  • How Gartner thinks cloud databases like Totogi are the future [19:01].

Links and Resources

Author’s bio

Alex DeBrie is an expert in data modeling and the author of The DynamoDB Book, which he wrote based on the success of his instructional website, The DynamoDB Guide. He runs his own company called DeBrie Advisory, where he consults with clients on using AWS and serverless architectures. He’s worked at Stedi, Serverless, Inc., and Hudl, and had a brief stint as a corporate lawyer.

Podcast Credits

  • Executive Producer and Host: Danielle Rios Royston, TelcoDR
  • Senior Producer: Lindsay Grubb, TillCo Media
  • Editor/Producer: Alisa Jenkins Wilson, Springboard Marketing
  • Audio Editing: Andrew Condell
  • Music: Dyami Wilson

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