Data Masking Best Practices for Applications and Data Warehouses

Data Masking Best Practices for Applications and Data Warehouses

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January 26, 2011

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A Sunday Story – Everyone is working hard, fighting a battle

Not sure if it’s a true incident. But the message is very true. Also it is in “Indian Context” , still relevant for everyone who think they working hard and fighting hard.

A conversation between a passenger and Software Engineer in Shatabdi Express!!

Vivek Pradhan was not a happy man.. Even the comfort of the air-conditioned compartment of the Shatabdi express could not cool his frayed nerves. He was the Project Manager and still not entitled to air travel. It was not the prestige he sought, he had tried to reason with the admin person, it was the savings in time. As PM, he had so many things to do!!

He opened his case and took out the laptop, determined to put the time to some good use.

‘Are you from the software industry sir?’ the man beside him was staring appreciatively at the laptop. Vivek glanced briefly and mumbled in affirmation, handling the laptop now with exaggerated care and importance as if it were an expensive car.

‘You people have brought so much advancement to the country, Sir. Today everything is getting computerized.’

‘Thanks,’ smiled Vivek, turning around to give the man a look. He always found it difficult to resist appreciation. The man was young and stockily built like a sportsman….. He looked simple and strangely out of place in that little lap of luxury like a small town boy in a prep school. He probably was a railway sportsman making the most of his free traveling pass.

‘You people always amaze me,’ the man continued, ‘You sit in an office and write something on a computer and it does so many big things outside.’

Vivek smiled deprecatingly. Naiveness demanded reasoning not anger. ‘It is not as simple as that my friend. It is not just a question of writing a few lines. There is a lot of process that goes behind it.’

For a moment, he was tempted to explain the entire Software Development Lifecycle but restrained himself to a single statement. ‘It is complex, very complex.’

‘It has to be. No wonder you people are so highly paid,’ came the reply.

This was not turning out as Vivek had thought. A hint of belligerence crept into his so far affable, persuasive tone.

‘Everyone just sees the money. No one sees the amount of hard work we have to put in. Indians have such a narrow concept of hard work. Just because we sit in an air-conditioned office, does not mean our brows do not sweat. You exercise the muscle; we exercise the mind and believe me that is no less taxing.’

He could see, he had the man where he wanted, and it was time to drive home the point.

‘Let me give you an example. Take this train. The entire railway reservation system is computerized. You can book a train ticket between any two stations from any of the hundreds of computerized booking centers across the country. Thousands of transactions accessing a single database, at a time concurrently; data integrity,locking, data security. Do you understand the complexity in designing and coding such a system?’

The man was awestruck; quite like a child at a planetarium. This was something big and beyond his imagination.

‘You design and code such things?’ ‘I used to,’ Vivek paused for effect, ‘but now I am the Project Manager.’

‘Oh!’ sighed the man, as if the storm had passed over, ‘so your life is easy now.’

This was like the last straw for Vivek. He retorted, ‘Oh come on, does life ever get easy as you go up the ladder. Responsibility only brings more work. Design and coding! That is the easier part. Now I do not do it, but I am responsible for it and believe me, that is far more stressful. My job is to get the work done in time and with the highest quality. To tell you about the pressures, there is the customer at one end, always changing his requirements, the user at the other, wanting something else, and your boss, always expecting you to have finished it yesterday.’

Vivek paused in his diatribe, his belligerence fading with self-realization. What he had said, was not merely the outburst of a wronged man, it was the truth. And one need not get angry while defending the truth.

‘My friend,’ he concluded triumphantly, ‘you don’t know what it is to be in the Line of Fire’.

The man sat back in his chair, his eyes closed as if in realization. When he spoke after sometime, it was with a calm certainty that surprised Vivek.

‘I know sir,….. I know what it is to be in the Line of Fire……’ He was staring blankly, as if no passenger, no train existed, just a vast expanse of time.

‘There were 30 of us when we were ordered to capture Point 4875 in the cover of the night. The enemy was firing from the top. There was no knowing where the next bullet was going to come from and for whom. In the morning when we finally hoisted the tri-colour at the top only 4 of us were alive.’

‘You are a…?’

‘I am Subedar Sushant from the 13 J&K Rifles on duty at Peak 4875 in Kargil. They tell me I have completed my term and can opt for a soft assignment.

But, tell me sir, can one give up duty just because it makes life easier? On the dawn of that capture, one of my colleagues lay injured in the snow, open to enemy fire while we were hiding behind a bunker.

It was my job to go and fetch that soldier to safety. But my captain sahib refused me permission and went ahead himself. He said that the first pledge he had taken as a Gentleman Cadet was to put the safety and welfare of the nation foremost followed by the safety and welfare of the men he commanded… ….his own personal safety came last, always and every time.’

‘He was killed as he shielded and brought that injured soldier into the bunker.. Every morning thereafter, as we stood guard, I could see him taking all those bullets, which were actually meant for me . I know sir….I know, what it is to be in the Line of Fire.’

Vivek looked at him in disbelief not sure of how to respond. Abruptly, he switched off the laptop.

It seemed trivial, even insulting to edit a Word document in the presence of a man for whom valour and duty was a daily part of life; valour and sense of duty which he had so far attributed only to epical heroes.

The train slowed down as it pulled into the station, and Subedar Sushant picked up his bags to alight.

‘It was nice meeting you sir.’

Vivek fumbled with the handshake.

This hand… had climbed mountains, pressed the trigger, and hoisted the tri-colour. Suddenly, as if by impulse, he stood up at attention and his right hand went up in an impromptu salute….

It was the least he felt he could do for the country.

PS: The incident he narrated during the capture of Peak 4875 is a true-life incident during the Kargil war. Capt. Batra sacrificed his life while trying to save one of the men he commanded, as victory was within sight. For this and various other acts of bravery, he was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, the nation’s highest military award.

Live humbly, there are great people around us, let us learn!


A lighter note

Top Ten Cloud Computing Myths

Courtesy and credit for this article : BY MICHAEL CRANDELL

Top Ten Cloud Computing Myths — Like many disruptive, evolving technologies, cloud computing is going through a phase characterized by opposites: hype and exaggeration on one side, and fear and skepticism on the other. How do you determine what’s really going to work for your organization? Separating the myths from the facts of cloud computing is a good place to start. Let’s take a look at the top 10 cloud computing myths as we see them, and the realities behind those myths that can help you make intelligent decisions about the cloud.

Myth 10: My Data Center Is Virtualized So I Already Have the Cloud

Myth 9: Cloud Application Performance Is Hampered by Network Latency and I/O Bottlenecks

Myth 8: I Won’t Have Full Ownership of My Cloud-Based Data

Myth 7: My Data Won’t Be Secure in the Cloud

Myth 6: I’ll Get Locked in

Myth 5: The Cloud Means There’s No Role Left for IT

Myth 4: Cloud Computing Is for SMBs, Not Enterprises

Myth 3: Deploying Cloud Applications Is a Snap

Myth 2: The Cloud Is Always Less Expensive

Myth 1: Low Cost Is the Cloud’s Chief Attraction

Let’s define and understand things our way

Recently I was mulling over what is meaning of different terms we use in different context, are they same or have some different understanding. Want to know what you think on, do share your view

Either put them in Comment or send me in email, i will re-publish them with article

1. Senior

2. Supervisor

3. Boss

4. Manager

5. Lead

6. Mentor

7. Coach

Very nicely put by – Ruth

1.  Senior — elderly person
2.  Supervisor — Someone who watches over what you’re doing
3.  Boss — Someone who rules with an iron fist
4.  Manager — someone who wrangles the workload and workers
5.  Lead — Someone that has followers and is willing to share their knowledge.
6.  Mentor — Someone with knowledge who is willing to share and help another grow.
7.  Coach — Someone who gives pep talks, lets you know you’re on the right path and steers you in the right direction.

Know-Oracle : Featured Blog Reader

Hello Friends, As a token of appreciation and your encouragement, Here I starting a new “Blog Reader of the Week” , in this I will publish a little introduction and more about one of the blog readers.

I am sure you would like to join in for this, Please send me your details in following format at my Email to take it farword.

1. Name , Email , Organization

2. Professional Experience : Profile Summary

3. Your feedback about Blog or about Me

I am sure you would also be interested in sending your pic , so send it a “URL” or link pointing to your picture or image file.

Know Oracle – A Full list of All articles

Here is the collection for all articles  — Thx  Shivmohan Purohit