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Digital Archaeology Introduces First Adaptive, Self-Optimizing Database System.

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The Digital Archaeology Discovery Suite Allows Fast, Ad Hoc For this purpose. Meaning "to this" in Latin, it refers to dealing with special situations as they occur rather than functions that are repeated on a regular basis. See ad hoc query and ad hoc mode.  

Heterogeneous Database Exploration Without Initial Design or Ongoing

Database Tuning Database tuning describes a group of activities used to optimize and homogenize the performance of a database. It usually overlaps with query tuning, but refers to configuration of the database files, the database management system (DBMS), and the operating system and hardware the  

Digital Archaeology Corp., developer of the revolutionary patent-pending X-Set(TM) software architecture, today announced the formal introduction of the Digital Archaeology Discovery Suite(TM) database system, the first product implementation to incorporate the X-Set technology.

Discovery Suite is the first database system for knowledge discovery that adapts to the changing needs of the users and their business. This adaptive, self-optimizing system allows for fast, truly ad hoc database exploration across disparate data sources regardless of the origin, structure, or type of data.

This makes it an ideal solution for building a departmental datamart or instant exploration warehouse or serving as a rapid prototyping Building a part one layer at a time using a method of additive fabrication such as 3D printing. Such parts are used for concept modeling to determine if the product design meets the customer's expectations.  tool for an enterprise-wide data warehouse or any other environment where disparate data sources and changing needs are commonplace.

David Frankland, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of Digital Archaeology, noted, "The immediate, adaptable nature of Discovery Suite enables users to access and query data in a manner and timeframe never before seen in this industry. Too often, customers are forced to wait months or even years before they see any return on their data warehouse investment.

"We believe that technology should be easy to implement, easy to change, and easy to use and that the return on investment should be immediate. Discovery Suite encompasses truly revolutionary technology that enables it to immediately work with any decision support solution an end user may already have in place and allows Discovery Suite to automatically adapt as the users' business needs change, further enhancing the return on investment."

The Digital Archaeology Discovery Suite, which is a client-server implementation, allows users to create virtual information warehouses through the use of the Digital Archaeology Server(TM), Digital Explorer(TM), and Digital Excavator ex·ca·va·tor
An instrument, such as a sharp spoon or curette, used in scraping out pathological tissue.

excavator (eks´k
(TM) components. The suite of components addresses all aspects of creating and managing a data warehouse or data mart A subset of a data warehouse for a single department or function. A data mart may have tens of gigabytes of data rather than hundreds of gigabytes for the entire enterprise. See data warehouse.  from sourcing, loading, and cleansing to analysis and presentation.

Doug Dickerson, senior product manager for Digital Archaeology's Discovery Suite stated, "Discovery Suite offers a significant breakthrough in that it provides users with the fastest time to first query. With Discovery Suite, users can begin asking questions of their data warehouse within hours instead of months.

"It also allows users to incorporate data from disparate sources without first having to predefine the data structure. In addition, the system is self-optimizing because the Discovery Server automatically adapts and optimizes based on the users' line of questioning Noun 1. line of questioning - an ordering of questions so as to develop a particular argument
line of inquiry

line of reasoning, logical argument, argumentation, argument, line - a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the

Customer Benefits

Frankland noted, "We believe that the features and benefits of Discovery Suite are particularly well-suited to the needs of marketing organizations within major corporations as well as market research firms and marketing service bureaus. Users who need to analyze many sources of data and who are continually refining, changing and otherwise adding to their lines of questioning typify these organizations.

"And, MIS departments are hard-pressed to keep up with the dynamics of these users' ever-changing needs. Discovery Suite addresses this two-fold problem by allowing users the flexibility to immediately change their lines of questioning and the data without placing significant burdens on their MIS departments."

The Discovery Suite has been provided, on a limited release basis, to some of Digital Archaeology's key customer sites. Among these sites is UMB (1) (Upper Memory Block) See UMA.

(2) (Ultra Mobile Broadband) See 3GPP.

1. UMB - Upper Memory Block.
2. UMB - A university(?).
 Bank, n.a. in Kansas City Kansas City, two adjacent cities of the same name, one (1990 pop. 149,767), seat of Wyandotte co., NE Kansas (inc. 1859), the other (1990 pop. 435,146), Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties, NW Mo. (inc. 1850). , Mo. UMB Bank is a financial services The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
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 organization with operations in eight Midwestern states and $8 billion in assets. UMB uses the Discovery Suite for internal analysis in market segmentation Market Segmentation

A marketing term referring to the aggregating of prospective buyers into groups (segments) that have common needs and will respond similarly to a marketing action.
 across a diverse commercial and retail client base.

The Discovery Suite is the primary decision support tool for the UMB data warehouse. William R. Venable III, Vice President, Director of Database Marketing and Strategies, UMB Bank declared, "The performance is amazing. With the Discovery Suite, we were able to prototype in an afternoon exactly what our data warehouse team has been trying to deliver for the past year.

"Now, with the Discovery Suite, our database administrators just have to populate the data source, and we can take it from there."

By integrating elements of artificial intelligence throughout its innovative design, Discovery Suite provides significant advantages to end users and corporations because it is immediate, adaptive, self-optimizing, and powerful.

The Discovery Suite, based on a client-server implementation, is the first product utilizing Digital Archaeology's patent-pending X-Set architecture. X-Set is a set flow architecture based on extended set theory. The architecture works using the same paradigm as a modern CPU CPU
 in full central processing unit

Principal component of a digital computer, composed of a control unit, an instruction-decoding unit, and an arithmetic-logic unit.
 by processing bytes in sequence. As a result, data is processed more efficiently while at the same time eliminating the need to create and maintain explicit data structures.

The Discovery Suite includes: a Digital Archaeology Server, which enables users to build an instant data mart or exploration warehouse; Digital Explorer, an ad hoc query A non-standard inquiry. An ad hoc query is created to obtain information as the need arises. Contrast with a query that is predefined and routinely performed. See query and ad hoc.  and mining tool; and Digital Excavator, extensions to the Digital Archaeology Server that are designed for the specific data archaeology Data archaeology refers to the art and science of recovering computer data encrypted in now obsolete media or formats.

The term originally appeared in 1993 as part of the Global Oceanographic Data Archaeology and Rescue Project (GODAR).
, data quality and transformation needs of MIS specialists, system integrators, and consultants who are charged with building large-scale data warehouse solutions.

For full details on the Discovery Suite components see complete press release on Digital Archaeology's website at

Pricing and Availability

The Digital Archaeology Discovery Suite is available now. The Server operates on Windows NT (Windows New Technology) A 32-bit operating system from Microsoft for Intel x86 CPUs. NT is the core technology in Windows 2000 and Windows XP (see Windows). Available in separate client and server versions, it includes built-in networking and preemptive multitasking. . The Digital Explorer client operates on Windows NT, Windows 95 or Windows 98 environments. Pricing starts at $24,000 for a single-user system and $60,000 for five concurrent users.

Digital Archaeology Corp.

Digital Archaeology Corp., headquartered in Lenexa, is a privately held company privately held company

A firm whose shares are held within a relatively small circle of owners and are not traded publicly.
 that has created X-Set, a revolutionary adaptive software architecture for handling disparate sets of structured or unstructured data Data that does not reside in fixed locations. Free-form text in a word processing document is a typical example. Contrast with structured data. See free-form database. , quickly and efficiently.

Digital Archaeology's Discovery Suite, based on the patent-pending X-Set architecture, is an adaptive, self-optimizing database solution for knowledge discovery applications. Digital Archaeology is committed to becoming the leading provider of adaptive technology and solutions that place the power of knowledge discovery directly in the hands of the business user.

For more information about Digital Archaeology products or consulting services, the company can be contacted at 913/438-9444 or visit the company's web site at

Note to Editors: Digital Archaeology, Digital Archaeology Discovery Suite, and X-Set are trademarks of Digital Archaeology Corp.
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