Mobile Apps: To SQL or Not to SQL

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West Monroe Partners

222 West Adams St. 11th floor · Chicago, IL

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Throughout the course of the mobile apps revolution, the world has seen many changes in the technology landscape. What started off with fewer than 500 apps has quickly surpassed the millions mark. As languages, platforms, and styles have come and gone one thing, above all else, has persisted: data.

Come join us as we examine mobile data usage trends, and navigate through the plethora of options currently available for wrangling it all. More specifically, we’ll take an in-depth look at the two main database options: SQL and NoSQL. We’ll learn what each is, and when to use them to solve business critical problems in mobile. As developers we know when it comes to technology options there’s no silver bullet, but you might be surprised how lop-sided the SQL vs. NoSQL debate is as it pertains to mobile.

As usual, refreshments will be provided.


5.30 - 6:15: Food, drinks, and networking

6:15 – 7.30: Presentation

7.30 - 8.00 Networking


Robert Hedgpeth:

Rob Hedgpeth is a Senior Developer Advocate for Mobile & IoT solutions at Couchbase.


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Thank you to West Monroe Partners for hosting this event and providing food and refreshments. West Monroe Partners opened their doors for business in 2002, the product of a small group of highly experienced business and technology experts from global consulting firms who came together with a vision for a different kind of firm. Today, they are a full-service consultancy with offices across North America and an exemplary reputation for top talent, responsive service, and practical, yet innovative solutions.


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