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  1. Why should database standards be implemented and what are the risks associated with their lack?
  2. What are the potential risks of upgrading to a new DBMS release without a plan?
  3. What is the difference between a version and a release of a DBMS?
  4. Name the three TPC benchmarks and describe how they differ from one another.
  5. Describe the four levels of DBMS architecture in terms of the type and nature of processing to which each is best suited.
  6. What are the factors to be considered when calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) for a DBMS?
  7. Name five requirements that must be planned for when installing a new DBMS.
  8. Describe the difference between software that supports a DBMS release and software that exploits a DBMS release.
  9. How many standard abbreviations should be supported for a single term? Why?
  10. What is wrong with the following SQL code for creating a relational table? (Do not approach this question from a syntax perspective; consider it, instead, in terms of database naming standards.)
CREATE TABLE tg7r5u99_p
 c2   CHAR(5) NOT NULL,
 c9   DATE)

Bonus Question

Your DBMS vendor, MegaDataCorp, just announced the general availability of the latest and greatest version of MDC, the DBMS you use. MDC Version 9 supports several new features that your users and developers have been clamoring for over the past year. You are currently running MDC Version 7.3. Prepare a short paper discussing your plans for upgrading to MDC Version 9, and outline the potential benefits and risks of your upgrade plan.

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