Getting Ready for RFID
If the amount of data generated from RFID equals the hype, DBAs should take cover, writes Database Topic Center editor Lisa Vaas. In the meantime, here are some ways to get ready for the data onslaught.Attention, Wal-Mart shoppers: If the quantity of data that eventually pours out of RFID technology is half as voluminous as the recent spate of vendor announcements and their concurrent hot-air hype, every DBA in the land should take cover. To wit: As Renee Ferguson reported Monday in her story "Taking on RFID Challenge," TIBCO, WebMethods, Oracle and Microsoft all are hammering away at IT infrastructures to soak up the massive amounts of data expected to be generated by RFID deployments. Last month, CeBIT was RFID happyland as announcements proliferated. Sun last week gave a sneak peek at its RFID technology, and Oracle simultaneously unveiled its middleware RFID technology.
Granted, there are still plenty of questions about the potential ROI of RFID. As Larry Dignan wrote in "Baseline," one of eWEEKs sister publications, the tags remain expensive, as they hover above the goal of 5 cents. Not only that, Dignan noted, there simply arent many vendors producing tags that will suit the likes of mandate-setting Wal-Mart, and its unclear whether the ones who areIntermec, Alien Technology and Matricscan do so in the quantity needed to get the per-tag cost down to where everybody thinks it should be.