People ask me all the time, “Will triple stores replace relational databases in three or five years?” and I usually give two answers:
Answer 1: Yes, because triple stores provide 100 times more flexibility. For example, triple stores make it so much easier to add new predicates (think columns in relational databases) and write complicated ad hoc queries or perform inferencing and rule processing. Triple stores will soon be as robust, user-friendly and manageable as relational databases. Relational databases may continue to perform a bit better on simple joins, but triple stores already produce better performance when it comes to complicated queries, rule handling and inferencing. Given this robustness and usability – if the speed is roughly the same – many people will make the choice to switch to the more flexible solution.
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