Adam Shepherd

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Qubole Data Service provides a single platform for ETL, reporting, ad hoc analysis, stream processing and machine learning. It runs on AWS, Microsoft Azure and Oracle Bare Metal Cloud, taking advantage of the elasticity and scale of the cloud, and also supports leading open source engines, including Apache Spark, Hadoop, Presto, and Hive.

Posted September 12, 2017

New multi-cloud capabilities scale discovery and dependency mapping of all assets to go beyond on-prem data centers to public and private cloud.

Posted September 12, 2017

Barracuda Networks, a provider of cloud-enabled security and data protection solutions, has added the ability to replicate data from either an on-premises physical or virtual backup appliance to AWS. The new feature provides customers, resellers, and MSPs with greater flexibility and choice to protect their data from data loss and potential disasters, including security threats like ransomware. This adds an additional option for customers, in addition to the ability to replicate to the Barracuda Cloud.

Posted August 15, 2017

Revelation will be hosting its user conference from April 18 through April 21, at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Orlando, Florida. "We always want to choose a popular vacation destination to do our conferences. Orlando is a great convention city. We even moved our conference schedule up by a day, so that gives everyone an extra day on the weekend to take in the Orlando sights," noted Robert Catalano, director of sales with Revelation Software.

Posted February 24, 2016

The days of the one-size-fits-all, all-purpose database are over, and today there is a growing realization that different data management systems offer different benefits and that some are better suited for certain requirements than others. In a special report, DBTA asks MultiValue vendors: What are the current pressures your customers are facing, and how are you helping to extend and leverage their critical MultiValue systems to meet those new requirements?

Posted February 10, 2016

Data constraint - which hinders the ability to easily provision parity data from production data sources for use in development environments, QA, UAT (user acceptance testing), and integration testing - can lead to complications in application development such as insufficient resources, bad quality data which leads to bugs, and slow environment builds.

Posted February 01, 2016

Kore Technologies is excited to announce the release of Kourier REST Gateway along with the upcoming release of Kourier 4.3. Both are scheduled for release early 2nd quarter of 2016.

Posted January 27, 2016

As the largest ticketing agency in America, Ticketmaster is responsible for processing between 150,000 and 300,000 transactions a day, and 5,000 transactions a minute during peak times. To service its customers, Ticketmaster has used Dell's SharePlex for replication and high availability to support its online sales since 2002.

Posted January 26, 2016

The continual evolution in technology has allowed for more data sources than previously thought possible. The growth of SaaS tools provides many benefits, but there is a downside as well. Bringing these cloud data sources into a coherent system for reporting is perpetually a challenge for IT and business intelligence teams. A recent DBTA roundtable webcast covered the issues of combining different SaaS applications into a cloud based enterprise data and leveraging the simple data pipe. Presenters included with Sarah Maston, solution architect with IBM Cloud Data Services, and Erin Franz, alliances data analyst with Looker.

Posted January 04, 2016

MultiValue technology, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015, remains an important part of the data management landscape. Here, MultiValue vendors offer their thoughts on the outlook for MultiValue in the future and share predictions 2016.

Posted December 16, 2015

Harnessing operational big data does not come with a "one size fits all" solution. Organizations are at different points in their data management cycles, and whether that they are building new applications or optimizing existing ones, each needs a unique solution. This was among the key points made during a special DBTA roundtable webinar on harnessing operational big data. The webinar featured Matt Allen, senior product marketing manager with MarkLogic, Kevin Petrie, senior director with Attunity, and Jason Paul Kazarian, senior architect with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE).

Posted December 07, 2015

More and more facets of data management are moving towards the cloud. To address this trend, IBM's BigInsights, a Hadoop as a service offering, gives organizations the opportunity to deploy Hadoop in the cloud.

Posted December 01, 2015

Traditionally, the cardinal rule has been to model data first and load it later. But with new technologies and repositories such as Hadoop, NoSQL, and data lakes, and big data itself, the rule is being flipped to load first and model later. And, with SQL remaining an effective and widely embraced query language, companies have to balance working with traditional methods against the need for some of the newer methods as well.

Posted December 01, 2015

The concept of the data lake has become a hot topic. The data lake retains data in its original format to allow the data to be more flexible for everyone involved. While this sounds fine in theory, it is a more complicated in practice due to the need for governance and security.

Posted November 09, 2015

Rocket Software has introduced Rocket Mobile for MultiValue, an enterprise mobile application development and deployment platform for customers that rely on Rocket MultiValue systems.

Posted October 28, 2015

Kore Technologies recently participated in MVU, Rocket Software's conference focused on MultiValue databases and solutions.

Posted October 28, 2015

Being able to keep a database running at peak performance is important for obvious reasons, but it may be surprising how difficult a task that can be. In a recent webinar Joseph McKendrick, lead analyst with Unisphere Research, and Robert Wijnbelt, senior product manager with Dell Software, discussed how to identify, prioritize and resolve database performance problems to ensure peak performance in an ever-changing data landscape.

Posted October 20, 2015

As many companies begin to look to other methods of data storage other than traditional methods such as data warehouses, cloud storage has become a popular option that organizations are beginning to use. Cloud offers companies better cost and more flexibility than traditional storage methods and companies are beginning to make use of Cloud and its advantages. When considering cloud storage options, there are lots of different questions that a company must weigh. Sarah Maston, developer advocate with IBM Cloud Data Services, covered the move to the cloud in a recent DBTA webinar.

Posted October 13, 2015

Microsoft has been releasing newer versions of SQL with greater frequency, prompting DBAs to constantly ask themselves: "Is it time to upgrade?" Once that answer is yes, they have a lot of information to parse through to see what is right for their unique needs and finances.

Posted September 24, 2015

Rocket MultiValue University (MVU) is fast approaching. MVU is one of the premiere conferences covering MultiValue each year for anyone working with business solutions powered by Rocket's MultiValue data servers, tools, and related technology. MVU will take place October 5-8 at Harrah's Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Posted September 23, 2015

Kore Technologies showed off the 5.4 release of KommerceServer at the Eclipse Users Group's annual Encounter conference. The KommerceServer eCommerce Suite encompasses the webStoreFront, webPortal, webAdminstration and Mobile Editions. It contains significant out-of-the-box functionality for business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce environments.

Posted September 23, 2015

Data has continued to grow at an exponential pace, and along with that trend, more businesses are beginning to take advantage of data. Businesses have begun to rely more and more on their IT departments to be able to leverage their data quicker than their competition. However, it is difficult to get the most out of data as fast as organizations would like to do so. Recently, DBTA held a special roundtable webcast to provide education on new data management technologies and techniques for meeting increasing requirements posed by modern applications for speed, scale and flexibility.

Posted September 15, 2015

Revelation Software is preparing for the introduction of OpenInsight 10, the most significant release since Revelation took OpenInsight into the 32-bit world. To provide information to its user base in advance of the new release, Revelation has announced a Revelation Users Group (RUG) meeting in the EMEA region.

Posted August 26, 2015

A recent DBTA webcast spotlighted an intriguing project in which IBM has partnered with SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) scientists in using signal patterns in their search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The project leverages IBM Analytics for Apache Spark, a powerful cluster-computing framework with in-memory processing and analytics.

Posted August 24, 2015

One of the side effects of the growth in data is the vast variety that data now comes in. While it presents advantages, the newer data types and sources also make data integration more complex. To highlight new technologies and techniques for overcoming data silos and enabling the delivery of information across the enterprise - where and when it is needed - Database Trends and Applications recently hosted a special roundtable webinar sponsored by Attunity, MarkLogic, and SnapLogic. The webinar covered the key big data integration issues facing enterprises and presented real-world solutions and best practices.

Posted August 10, 2015

With the continued increase in data over the recent years, data infrastructures are changing as well. The one-size-fits-all approach for data environments is going by the wayside due to the expanding range of data types. With the growing understanding that the world of big data is heterogeneous, businesses are now employing versatile hybrid data architectures. But while they provide the right tools for the myriad requirements of big data, hybrid architectures must be properly integrated and managed to deliver their full value.

Posted July 28, 2015

Rocket Software will be hosting MultiValue University (MVU) October 5-8 in Las Vegas, NV. Rocket has had previous conferences that were focused on mostly U2 data. "This is the first one since we have joined together with the D3 team and we're calling it MultiValue University," stated Jackie Burhans, senior channel marketing manager, MVpartner enablement, Rocket Software.

Posted July 22, 2015

In 1965, Dick Pick and Don Nelson originally implemented PICK as the "Generalized Information Retrieval Language System" (GIRLS) on an IBM System/360 at TRW for use by the U.S. Army to control the inventory of Cheyenne helicopter parts. That was 50 years ago and MultiValue is still thriving today. It is a testament to the quality and flexibility of the technology for it to be going strong 50 years after its creation. Coincidentally, Rocket Software is also marking a significant event as it celebrates 25 years in business.

Posted July 22, 2015

Tim Nicholson, director of Informer customer services at Entrinsik, will be hosting a webinar on how comprehensive data analysis capabilities can help an organization leverage data from diverse sources more effectively to save money, find new business opportunities, and stay competitive.

Posted July 22, 2015

Many developers are familiar with the relational way to model data but may not be as familiar with modeling data in a document database. There are three main things developers need to know about modeling data in a document database: document design, key design, and querying.

Posted July 21, 2015

It is still early days for Spark, and despite the promise it holds, companies are just now working through how best to use it, how to integrate it within their existing environments, and how to make the most of its libraries and other built-in capabilities. To provide more information and thought leadership on the open source framework, IBM, which recently announced a major commitment to Apache Spark, sponsored a DBTA webcast.

Posted July 02, 2015

As Agile development increases in popularity, companies have achieved faster time to market, reduced risk, and increased ability to manage changing priorities in their projects. However, what Agile means for the DBA team is more database deployments more often.

Posted June 30, 2015

Progress Software and Logi Analytics have announced the release of Progress OpenEdge Analytics 360, a new custom BI tool to help OpenEdge users discover value in their operational data.

Posted June 16, 2015

Data is only going to continue to grow and so must data processing capabilities.

Posted June 15, 2015

In the business world, every organization is looking to get an edge on their competition. One way a company can gain an advantage is to improve its ETL processes for better BI. Chuck Ezell, performance, tuning, and optimization services with Datavail, covered how key ways to improve ETL processes in a recent DBTA webcast.

Posted June 02, 2015

While the influx of data provides many benefits to an organization, it can come with some challenges as well. The cost and lack of elasticity due to the volume and multiple data sources have become difficult issues for businesses to deal with.

Posted June 02, 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network in which devices and machinery will be embedded and connected with software and sensors in order to achieve greater value for manufacturers and users. With the increase in technology, IoT is becoming more prevalent. Many within the data industry have been knowledgeable about IoT, but now people outside of the industry are becoming familiar with it as well as it becomes part of their everyday lives.

Posted May 26, 2015

In a recent DBTA webcast, Anil Kumar, senior product management with Couchbase, tackled the topic of multi-dimensional scaling (MDS) within NoSQL database clusters. This method of scaling enables organizations to isolate specific database services of their database and scale those accordingly.

Posted May 20, 2015

The data lake is one of the hottest topics in the data industry today. It is a massive storage reservoir that allows data to be stored in its rawest forms. Hadoop Day at Data Summit 2015 concluded with a panel on everything data lake featuring James Casaletto, solutions architect for MapR, Joe Caserta, president and founder of Caserta Concepts, and George Corugedo, CTO with RedPoint Global Inc.

Posted May 14, 2015

At Data Summit 2015 in New York City, Tony Shan, chief architect, Wipro, gave a talk on the key components of a successful big data methodology and shared lessons learned from real world big data implementations. According to Shan, there is an 8-step process for a big data framework with specific techniques and methods.

Posted May 14, 2015

Rocket Software has released Rocket Discover, a new self-service business intelligence solution that combines visual data discovery with data preparation.The new product also reduces the number of operations that can be performed on the data to the most fundamental ones that business users want to perform such as joining data, filtering data, and appending data.

Posted May 07, 2015

It's not enough to collect data. In order for data to provide advantage, you have to drive your business with analytics on that data.

Posted May 07, 2015

The importance of BI analytics has skyrocketed, with the growth in data over the past few years. To help provide more information on this topic, Eldad Farkash, founder & CTO of Sisense will be speaking at Data Summit in New York City on the topic of "Succeeding with Big Data Analytics."

Posted May 05, 2015

In a recent DBTA webcast, Shane Johnson, senior product marketing manager, Couchbase, discussed the relationship between NoSQL and Hadoop, detailing the multiple ways to integrate NoSQL databases with Hadoop. "It's not Hadoop or Couchbase Server. It's Hadoop and Couchbase Server," said Johnson.

Posted April 28, 2015

RevCon is Revelation Software's conference that covers a wide array of topics on Revelation Software. Revelation Software users' conference this year focused on Revelation Software's flagship product, OpenInsight, and the new capabilities of version 10.0.

Posted April 22, 2015

To provide a single point of access for customers so that finding resources is easier, earlier this year, Entrinsik implemented Zendesk. Zendesk is an online help desk and customer service system that assists in managing Entrinsik's support cases.

Posted April 22, 2015

Kore Technologies, provider of solutions for enterprise integration, data warehousing, business intelligence, and integrated e-commerce web solutions, recently helped Wittenberg University with a multi-faceted project to improve data access.

Posted April 22, 2015

There are many factors contributing to data environment changes, including users, technology, economics, and data itself. These four sources of change are creating opportunities to deliver competitive advantage but also new management, administration and optimization challenges.

Posted April 14, 2015

Rocket Software has announced the release of Rocket D3 Linux 10.1, as well as a training course on the fundamentals of U2. The Linux 10.1 release will provide an update to Rocket's MultiValue development environment, while the training course will give users that are new to Rocket's U2 technology a solid foundation to work with going forward.

Posted April 14, 2015

High availability and disaster recovery are issues that can end up making a critical difference for certain companies. In a recent DBTA webcast, Anil Kumar, Couchbase, went over issues related to high availability and disaster recovery, best practices to embrace and pitfalls to avoid in order to enable high availability for applications with NoSQL databases.

Posted April 07, 2015

Data is inexorably becoming a more important aspect of business. No longer just for the data scientists, data is making its way to the board room and becoming a key factor in executive decision-making as well. To explain the benefits of NoSQL database technology offers, David Gorbet, vice president of engineering at MarkLogic, will deliver a presentation at Data Summit 2015 on moving from an RDBMS view of the data world to a NoSQL view.

Posted April 07, 2015

Software licensing can be a tricky issue, especially with all of the different software policies and the high number of moving parts involved in a licensing agreement. To help customers correctly license their Oracle environments while optimizing their architecture, a recent DBTA webcast provided a frank and direct conversation about how to properly adhere to a customer's existing contract in order to correctly license virtualized infrastructure for Oracle.

Posted April 06, 2015

Dell Software has announced that Dell Boomi has released full API lifecycle management. This single platform makes it easy for customers to move, manage and govern data using a single interface, increasing productivity and reducing complexity. "We believe this single vendor solution provides an economy of skill. You teach the developer one skill and it is now applicable to multiple areas in the enterprise," said Chris McNabb, GM of Dell Boomi.

Posted March 31, 2015

Data science, famously described as the sexiest job of the 21st century in the Harvard Business Review, represents the ability to sift through massive amounts of data to discover hidden patterns and predict future trends and actions. The catch is that it requires an understanding of many elements of data analytics. To help provide information on how to harness the vast potential this data represents, Joe Caserta, president and founder of Caserta Concepts, will present an "Introduction to Data Science" workshop at the Data Summit 2015 conference in New York City and also participate in a panel discussion titled "The Data Lake: From Hype to Reality."

Posted March 26, 2015

In 1965, Dick Pick and Don Nelson originally implemented PICK as the "Generalized Information Retrieval Language System" (GIRLS) on an IBM System/360 at TRW for use by the U.S. Army to control the inventory of Cheyenne helicopter parts. MultiValue has come a long way in 50 years.

Posted March 25, 2015

The ability to transform data into a competitive edge and financial benefit requires organizations to pay attention to the evolving trends in analytics across mobile and cloud applications, new data platforms and data discovery tools.

Posted March 18, 2015

As information technology has improved, one thing that has grown exponentially over the past few years has been data. The variety of data sources can also present security issues as well. To address these concerns, AtomicDB is proposing an associative-based system, which, it says, is more secure and productive.

Posted March 12, 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) will generate more data than ever before possible for businesses. Many recent factors have contributed to the IoT becoming a reality: widespread broadband, new narrowband options, smaller and cheaper sensors, new machine connectivity, the emergence of big data, and Apache Hadoop. As a result, companies are beginning to explore whether their infrastructure will be able to handle the capture and processing of this data deluge.

Posted March 09, 2015

New technologies such as Hadoop provide enterprises with another option besides the enterprise data warehouse when it comes to their data storage. Nonetheless, data warehouses still provide value to companies. What you need to know is when to use your data warehouse, when to use Hadoop, the advantage of using both in your information supply system, and the key strategies for success. These issues were examined in a recent DBTA roundtable webcast, featuring Kevin Petrie, senior director, Attunity; George Corugedo, CTO and co-founder, RedPoint Global Inc.; and Nitin Bandugula, senior product marketing manager, MapR, that is now available for replay.

Posted March 03, 2015

Enterprise data security has become not only a major focus of attention in the tech industry, but has also become a concern for the mainstream public. With the steady stream of data breaches at companies such as the retail giant Target, the tech and media leader Sony, and most recently medical insurer Anthem, Inc., many organizations are now beginning to appreciate the importance of data security and just how much a financial toll a hack can cause. According to many executives, a turning point has been reached.

Posted February 26, 2015

Couchbase has introduced N1QL (pronounced as "nickel") in its NoSQL distributed database Couchbase Server. Put simply N1QL is "SQL for documents," explained Couchbase senior product manager Ilam Siva during a recent DBTA webcast.

Posted February 24, 2015

In a recent DBTA webcast, the topic of moving from relational to NoSQL was explored with Shane Johnson, senior product marketing manager at Couchbase. Change can be hard because people typically like familiarity, but change usually becomes necessary because of need, and in this case, it is the need for flexibility that NoSQL provides.

Posted February 10, 2015

Hadoop has continued its growth and become part of the consciousness of decision makers dealing with big data. However, Hadoop is a still too advanced for the typical business user to work with. To help make it easier, Oracle has created Big Data Discovery, a product that aims to help simplify Hadoop for the average business user.

Posted February 10, 2015

As analytics continues to play a larger role in the enterprise, the need to leverage and protect the data looms larger. According to the IDC, the big data and analytics market will reach $125 billion worldwide in 2015. Here are 10 predictions from industry experts about the data and analytics in 2015.

Posted December 19, 2014

Big data continues to have an impact on business, government, and society at large. Here's a look back at 10 noteworthy blog posts from 2014. These blog posts explore the benefits and downsides of advancements in big data technologies.

Posted December 15, 2014

Data has grown at an exponentially faster rate over the past 2 years than all of the previous years combined. "Ninety percent of data that exists today has been created in the past 2 years," said Bill Brunt, product manager of Dell SharePlex, during a recent DBTA webcast. This increase in data has caused companies to look for more efficient ways of moving data within their organizations. Dell SharePlex strives to offer the best overall customer experience when working with their software.

Posted December 09, 2014

As big data continues to explode, companies are exploring how they can leverage it for competitive advantage - to help them prepare for emerging trends within their industries, perform advanced analytics of data to help increase revenue and optimize processes or avoid potential pitfalls. A recent DBTA webcast highlighted the key considerations for selecting analytics tools and explored examples of how analytics are used in different industries. The webcast was presented by Dr. Thomas Hill, executive director for analytics at Dell's Information Management Group; and Marcia A Kaufman, principal analyst and COO, Hurwitz & Associates.

Posted November 21, 2014

Percona, which provides enterprise-grade MySQL Support, consulting, training, managed services, and server development service, will be hosting Percona Live 2014 in London from November 3 to 4.

Posted October 29, 2014