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Joyce Wells

Joyce Wells is managing editor of Database Trends and Applications magazine, Big Data Quarterly magazine, and the 5 Minute Briefing series of email newsletters. She is based in Information Today, Inc.'s New Providence, NJ, offices and can be reached directly at jwells@infotoday.com or joyce@dbta.com.

Articles by Joyce Wells

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) has announced Alyssa Johnson as its 2017 president. An active member of the OAUG since 2003, Johnson has served as a member of the organization's board of directors since 2011 and previously as the OAUG president in 2014.

Posted January 12, 2017

Arcadia Data, a provider of visual analytics software, has added new native integration features for Arcadia Enterprise and Cloudera Enterprise to deliver a real-time, Hadoop-native analytics platform.

Posted January 11, 2017

VMware, a provider of cloud infrastructure and business mobility solutions, is collaborating with Adaptiva to optimize enterprise-wide software deployments for managed PCs.

Posted January 11, 2017

Clustrix, a provider of a distributed SQL database, and Zettaset, a provider of big data security, are partnering on data protection and privacy for companies that rely on large-scale OLTP databases.

Posted January 11, 2017

Hortonworks has forged an open source collaboration with Neustar, a provider of real-time information services, on security and identity management tools for IoT devices.

Posted January 11, 2017

Dataguise, a provider of sensitive data governance solutions, is partnering with WHISHWORKS, a provider of IT services and systems integration. The partnership is focused on helping organizations to overcome difficulties in unlocking big data's potential because of the compliance requirements that will be imposed by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May, 2018.

Posted January 10, 2017

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Retail Release 16, which allows retailers to deliver unified consumer experiences across e-commerce and brick and mortar locations.

Posted January 10, 2017

IBM broke the U.S. patent record with 8,088 patents granted to its inventors in 2016. IBM's 2016 patent output covers inventions in artificial intelligence and cognitive computing, cognitive health, cloud, cybersecurity and other strategic growth areas for the company.

Posted January 10, 2017

Power management company Eaton is collaborating with Scale Computing, a provider of hyperconverged storage, server and virtualization for midsized companies. As part of the collaboration, Eaton and Scale Computing will provide data center and IT professionals with power management solutions that scale along with Scale Computing's HC3 environment, to meet their growth and expansion needs.

Posted January 09, 2017

With the rise of smartphones, laptops, sensors on machines, vehicles, and appliances, massive amounts of data are being generated, according to Balaji Thiagarajan, group vice president of big data at Oracle. For companies that can transform and manage it, he notes, data represents a huge opportunity as a source of competitive advantage and should be leveraged as such. Big data and cloud are two technologies driving dramatic transformations, and, says Thiagarajan, organizations must be ready to react and take advantage of important new trends and technologies to make sure that they come out ahead next year. Here, Thiagarajan shares 10 key predictions for big data in 2017.

Posted December 21, 2016

GridGain Systems, a provider of enterprise-grade in-memory computing solutions based on Apache Ignite, has announced the availability of GridGain Professional Edition 1.8, a fully supported version of Apache Ignite 1.8.

Posted December 14, 2016

1010data, Inc., which provides an integrated platform that combines self-service data management and analytics at scale with ready-to-use data, has announced version 10 of its platform. According to the vendor, the new release provides increased self-service and makes it easier to load, analyze and visualize enterprise-class data, and to write queries, debug errors and deploy user-friendly applications with its entirely redesigned and optimized GUI interface.

Posted December 14, 2016

Thales, a provider of cybersecurity and data security solutions, has added new capabilities for its Vormetric Data Security Platform. The new capabilities extend data-at-rest security with integrated Docker encryption and access controls, the ability to encrypt and rekey data without having to take applications offline, FIPS certified remote administration and management of data security policies and protections, and the ability to accelerate the deployment of tokenization, static data masking and application encryption.

Posted December 09, 2016

Over the past 10 years, a wealth of products and services has emerged to help companies wring more value from the large quantities of data they are amassing. To help bring new resources into sharper focus, each year, Database Trends and Applications magazine looks for offerings that promise to help organizations derive greater benefit from their data, make decisions faster, and work smarter and more securely.

Posted December 07, 2016

To shed light on the enterprise and technology issues IT professionals will be facing in 2017 as business or organizational leadership seeks strategies to leverage the "big data" phenomenon, the fourth annual edition of the Big Data Sourcebook is now available for download.

Posted December 01, 2016

Syncsort has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Trillium Software. Syncsort, Inc. is an IT solutions provider backed by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. and Trillium is a provider of data quality solutions.

Posted November 30, 2016

Compuverde, a provider of software-defined storage solutions, based in Sweden, has released its Metro cluster, a high-availability solution designed to tolerate the loss of an entire data center with zero downtime.

Posted November 18, 2016

Expanding the capabilities for customers to take advantage of the elasticity of Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark in the cloud to power new workloads and analytic applications, Hortonworks, Inc. has announced the availability of Hortonworks Data Cloud on the AWS Cloud.

Posted November 15, 2016

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has announced Hitachi Content Intelligence, an addition to its Hitachi Content Portfolio (HCP), creating an object storage portfolio with search and analytics capabilities. The new intelligence solution rounds out the HCP portfolio, which offers a seamlessly integrated cloud-file gateway and enterprise file sync and sharing, and improves organizations' ability to strategically manage data.

Posted November 15, 2016

At Couchbase Connect16, Couchbase, Inc., provider of a document database with a SQL-based query language, announced new capabilities including full text search and real-time analytics to simplify the way developers build web, mobile, and IoT applications.

Posted November 08, 2016

Introduced at Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle's new MySQL Cloud Service provides the benefits of MySQL Enterprise Edition through the Oracle Public Cloud. Diby Malakar, a vice president of product management at Oracle, recently discussed the latest database service from Oracle.

Posted November 07, 2016

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has announced SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 7, a new release of the tool that helps virtualization administrators analyze and act on historical trends, respond to active issues, and prevent future problems through predictive analytics from a single console.

Posted November 02, 2016

MongoDB has introduced a new release of its NoSQL document database platform with key features that support additional data models for a "multimodel" approach, the combination of operational and analytical processing, elastic cross-region scaling, and tooling to simplify data management for customers.

Posted November 01, 2016

Collibra, a provider of data governance software solutions for business users, has introduced Collibra Catalog, as part of as part of Collibra 5.0, the latest release of its on premises or cloud data governance solution.

Posted October 24, 2016

With Oracle OpenWorld 2016 now behind her, Alyssa Johnson, president-elect of the Oracle Applications Users Group, reflected on the latest developments and initiatives emerging from this year's Oracle conference for users and partners.

Posted October 20, 2016

MapR Technologies recently announced support for event-driven microservices in the MapR Converged Data Platform. The goal, the company says, is to leverage continuous analytics, automated actions, and faster response to impact business as it happens.

Posted October 03, 2016

At Strata + Hadoop World 2016, Kognitio announced a competition to find the best use case or application that has its newest offering, Kognitio-on-Hadoop, as part of the solution. According to Roger Gaskell, CTO of Kognitio, the company is looking for solutions that are innovative in terms of application or something more common place but is now being done at scale.

Posted September 29, 2016

Dataguise announced general availability of the Dataguise DgSecure Dashboard, a dashboard for visualization of all sensitive data throughout the enterprise—including government-protected PII, PHI, and PCI data—and demonstrated the capability at Strata + Hadoop World Conference in New York City.

Posted September 29, 2016

MathWorks showcased the latest release of MATLAB, which is used in the development of analytics and algorithms to help solve engineering and scientific problems, at Strata + Hadoop World 2016 in New York.

Posted September 29, 2016

Cloudera has added new technology enhancements to its data management and analytics platform to make it easier for companies to take advantage of elastic, on-demand cloud infrastructure for business value from all their data. The move to the cloud has become a top priority for CIOs, said Charles Zedlewski, vice president, of products at Cloudera, at Strata + Hadoop World 2016 in NYC.

Posted September 29, 2016

As the details of the Yahoo data breach have come to light, the news seems eerily similar to other such cyber-attacks. Data management and security professionals reflected on what the breach means for companies and their customers in terms of current security best practices.

Posted September 26, 2016

In his second keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, Oracle executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison highlighted key features of Oracle's recent product announcements. While in his first keynote, Ellison identified Amazon for infrastructure and Workday for applications as Oracle's chief competitors, throughout his second presentation, he centered Amazon in Oracle's competitive cross-hairs. In addition, in the 1-hour address, Ellison continued to expand on hybrid on-premise-and-cloud computing, security, and infrastructure as a service capabilities as areas of focus and differentiation in Oracle's ongoing strategy.

Posted September 21, 2016

SVA Software, a provider of storage performance management software, has announced the release of BVQ, an infrastructure performance optimization platform that aims to simplify management of virtualized data center operations. "BVQ was built from the ground-up with one mission: to deliver a solution that is easy to implement, easy to use, affordable, fits into all size environments and is focused on solving real-world storage challenges IBM Spectrum Virtualized customers are facing today," said Don Mead, SVP Technology & Partner Development, at SVA Software.

Posted September 19, 2016

In his keynote on Monday at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd showcased customer success stories and offered three new predictions for the future of cloud, which, he said, represents a generational shift in the IT market.

Posted September 19, 2016

Oracle executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison presented his annual opening keynote at OpenWorld 2016 on Sunday night. Amid announcements of new products and services, his remarks repeatedly returned to three key themes.

Posted September 19, 2016

With the growth of data variety, volume, and velocity, innovative data management approaches are needed. To help organizations get the most from their data, Big Data Quarterly presents the second annual "Big Data 50," our list of companies driving innovation.

Posted September 14, 2016

Dell has completed the acquisition of EMC, creating a $74 billion company with a technology portfolio spanning hybrid cloud, software-defined data center, converged infrastructure, platform-as-a-service, data analytics, mobility and cybersecurity. Describing itself as the world's largest privately-controlled technology company, the combined entity will be known as Dell Technologies.

Posted September 07, 2016

VMware and IBM have announced the availability of cloud services to expedite the movement of enterprise workloads to the cloud.

Posted September 02, 2016

patchVantage has announced plans to formally launch its flagship product which automates backup, cloning, and patching for Oracle databases and applications.

Posted August 17, 2016

Magnitude Software, a provider of enterprise information management software, has acquired Simba Technologies Inc., a provider of cross-platform standards-based data access solutions for relational, multi-dimensional, and non-relational data sources. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

Posted August 16, 2016

The rapid expansion of The IT market shows no signs of abating. The growth of data in all its forms—from traditional data sources and newer sources such as social media and connected devices—is driving swift innovation. To address the need to secure, integrate, and draw meaningful insights from all this data, a steady flow of products and services, as well as new features to long-established offerings, continues to emerge.

Posted August 03, 2016

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has announced significant updates to the SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA). Version 10.2 supports MySQL as a back-end database in addition to SQL Server and Oracle Database, includes visualization and analysis tools to help DBAs optimize for and resolve blocking, locking, and deadlock issues, and adds support for Microsoft SQL Server 2016.

Posted August 02, 2016

Talend S.A., a provider of big data and cloud integration solutions, successfully launched its IPO. The offering included 5,250,000 American Depositary Shares (ADSs), each representing one of its ordinary shares, at a price to the public of $18 per ADS, which was higher than anticipated - and then rose sharply.

Posted July 29, 2016

Helping to address complex analysis problems, IBM has announced the general availability of IBM Graph, a Bluemix service that allows users to set up graph databases in the cloud. Previously offered in beta earlier this year, the availability was made public in an IBM developerWorks blog by Adrian Warman, documentation lead for IBM UK Application Platform Services, on behalf of the IBM graph team.

Posted July 28, 2016

Accellion, Inc., a provider of private cloud solutions for secure file sharing and collaboration, has added new security features in the kiteworks content platform to help enterprises keep their critical enterprise data secure while extending compliance with rigorous industry requirements.

Posted July 27, 2016

Workday, a provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Platfora, a provider of operational analytics and data discovery tools that enable companies to visually interact with and analyze large volumes of data. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in Workday's third fiscal quarter, were not disclosed.

Posted July 22, 2016

Splice Machine, provider of an RDBMS powered by Hadoop and Spark, has announced a cloud-based sandbox for developers to put its just launched open source Community Edition to the test. The company is making available an open source standalone and cluster download, and has announced the general availability of V2.0, and the launch of its developer community site.

Posted July 19, 2016

Monte Zweben, CEO and co-founder of the company that was founded in 2012, talks with Big Data Quarterly about why Splice Machine has rolled out an open source Community Edition - and why it is doing so now

Posted July 18, 2016

Fujitsu Limited, Oracle Corp., and Oracle Corp. Japan are forming a strategic alliance to deliver enterprise-grade cloud services to customers in Japan and their subsidiaries around the world.

Posted July 15, 2016

The next major release of MarkLogic's enterprise NoSQL database platform is expected to be generally available by the end of this year. Gary Bloom, president and CEO of the company, recently reflected on the changing database market and how new features in MarkLogic 9 address evolving requirements for data management in a big data world. "For the first time in years, the industry is going through a generational shift of database technology - and it is a pretty material shift," observed Bloom.

Posted June 30, 2016

Oracle has rolled out new additions to the SPARC platform. Built on the new SPARC S7 microprocessor, the latest additions to the SPARC platform include new cloud services, engineered systems, and servers. With the new SPARC S7 products and services, Oracle is offering a full spectrum of SPARC offerings that go from public cloud offerings all the way to on-premise server offerings, and opening up new opportunities to customers in their path to cloud computing, said Marshall Choy, VP of Product Management at Oracle.

Posted June 29, 2016

Catalogic Software, a provider of software-defined copy data management (CDM), has released ECX 2.4, the newest version of its software platform that adds Oracle and SQL application-aware integration, support for EMC Unity storage, native support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and deepening integration with popular DevOps tools.

Posted June 28, 2016

At the 2016 Hadoop Summit this week in San Jose, Teradata is announcing the certification of multiple BI and visualization solutions on the Teradata Distribution of Presto, including Information Builders, the Looker Data Platform, the Qlik visual analytics platform, the Tableau Business Intelligence (BI) tool suite, and ZoomData. In addition, MicroStrategy has committed to certify, and testing is complete with Microsoft Power BI.

Posted June 27, 2016

Big data with its increasing volume, velocity, and variety is causing organizations to see their data as a valuable commodity. But central to that value, says Amit Walia, chief product officer of Informatica, is the ability to bring all data together to get a single view. Here, Walia discusses the three key challenges organizations face and what he sees as the biggest disruptor on the horizon.

Posted June 23, 2016

Google, whose name has become synonymous with search, made two key announcements for enterprise customers, with the most notable being its new enterprise search tool called Springboard.

Posted June 15, 2016

Cisco has unveiled Cisco Tetration Analytics, which is designed to help customers gain wider visibility across all aspects of their data center in real time. The data center analytics platform gathers telemetry from hardware and software sensors, and then analyzes the information using advanced machine learning techniques to address critical data center operations such as policy compliance, application forensics, and the move to a whitelist security model. "Think of it as a time machine for your data center," said Yogesh Kaushik, senior director of product management, Tetration, Cisco.

Posted June 15, 2016

As storage requirements continue to spiral upward, more organizations are relying on the cloud to help them do data management, backup, data warehousing, development/test and archive, according to a new research report, based on a survey among members of the IOUG that was conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.

Posted June 15, 2016

SIOS Technology Corp., a provider of software products for optimizing and protecting business-critical application environments, is rolling out a new release of SIOS iQ, its machine learning analytics software for VM environments. Providing a key new capability, SIOS has worked with SQL Sentry to integrate iQ version 3.7 with SQL Sentry Performance Advisor to bridge what it describes as a critical gap between IT infrastructure administrators and SQL Server administrators.

Posted June 07, 2016

A new integrated development environment for real-time, high performance analytics, available on IBM Cloud, called the Data Science Experience, is aimed at helping to blend emerging data technologies and machine learning into existing architectures.

Posted June 07, 2016

This week at Spark Summit, data management companies are rolling out new Spark integrations and support at Spark Summit to enable their users to take advantage of the open source data processing framework. In addition, Databricks, the company founded by the team that created Apache Spark, has announced that the Databricks Community Edition (DCE) is now generally available.

Posted June 07, 2016

The IT landscape is always shifting and being contoured by external market forces and internal industry initiatives. Against this changing backdrop, each year, DBTA presents a list of 100 companies that matter in data, compelling us to pause and reflect on the market changes taking place.

Posted June 06, 2016

Emerging and newer vendors can offer fresh, innovative ways of dealing with data management and analytics challenges. Here, DBTA looks at the 10 companies whose approaches we think are worth watching.

Posted June 06, 2016

Today at Spark Summit, MapR Technologies is announcing a new enterprise-grade Apache Spark Distribution. "This is a Spark-focused distribution that combines Apache Spark with the real time, persistent, web-scale data layer of MapR," said Jack Norris, SVP, Data and Applications, MapR. The new Spark Distribution option for the MapR Converged Data Platform enables advanced analytics - including batch processing, machine learning, procedural SQL, and graph computation, and is a production-ready platform for Spark workloads on-premise and in the cloud.

Posted June 06, 2016

In a new book, titled Next Generation Databases: NoSQL, NewSQL and Big Data, Guy Harrison explores and contrasts both new and established database technologies. Harrison, who leads the team at Dell that develops the Toad, Spotlight, and SharePlex product families, wrote the book to address the gap he sees in the conversation about the latest generation of databases.

Posted June 03, 2016

Oracle is introducing version 4.0 of its NoSQL database. First introduced in 2011, the Oracle NoSQL Database is a key-value database that evolved from the company's acquisition of BerkeleyDB Java Edition, a mature, high-performance embeddable database. Ashok Joshi, senior director of NoSQL, Berkeley Database, and Database Mobile Server at Oracle, outlined the key enhancements in the new release.

Posted May 25, 2016

Data Summit 2016, held in May in NYC, brought together IT managers, data architects, application developers, data analysts, project managers, and business managers to hear industry-leading professionals deliver educational presentations on industry trends and technologies, networks with their peers, and participate in hands-on workshops. Here are 10 key takeaways from Data Summit 2016:

Posted May 23, 2016

COLLABORATE, the annual conference presented each year by the OAUG, IOUG and Quest, provides the opportunity to reflect on key changes in the Oracle ecosystem and allows the users groups to engage with their constituents about the areas of greatest importance. With the COLLABORATE 16 conference now behind her, Dr. Patricia Dues, the new president of the OAUG, talked with DBTA about what OAUG members are concerned with now and how the OAUG is helping them address emerging challenges.

Posted May 20, 2016

Magnitude Software, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) software, has acquired Datalytics Technologies LLC, a data warehouse solutions company. Founded in 1984, Datalytics Technologies offers pre-built data warehouse and data mart solutions for SAP's and Oracle's families of ERP systems.

Posted May 18, 2016

Bringing another tool to its product portfolio, IDERA has released SQL BI Check, a no-cost option for real-time performance monitoring of SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS). SQL BI Check, with agentless installation, provides data on performance metrics with graphs and charts that assess and SSAS health.

Posted May 17, 2016

AtScale, Inc., which provides a self-service BI platform for Hadoop, has raised a Series B round of $11 million, bringing its total funding to date to $20 million. According to Bruno Aziza, chief marketing officer of AtScale, its platform is different from others in three key ways, making it applicable to use cases in an array of industries including healthcare, telecommunications, retail, and financial services.

Posted May 17, 2016

What's ahead for the Internet of Things as far as data privacy, standards for interoperability, and meaningful use cases? John O'Brien, principal advisor of Radiant Advisors; Joe Caserta, president and CEO of Caserta Concepts; and George Corugedo, CTO of RedPoint Global, addressed those questions in a cross-fire panel discussion at Data Summit 2016.

Posted May 12, 2016

Big data is changing how we view the world, and necessitating new ways of handling data as well, according to Data Summit 2016 keynotes presented on Wednesday by Kalev Hannes Leetaru and George John.

Posted May 11, 2016

Public cloud services vendors have had a number of notable outages that have taken down well-respected web-based companies, temporarily putting them out of business. In a session, presented at Data Summit 2016, Michael J Corey, president, Ntirety - A HOSTING Company, and Don Sullivan, system engineer database specialist, VMware, suggested that, despite the fact that cloud is no longer a cutting-edge, disruptive technology, 10 years after it first came to the fore, in many ways, the public cloud environment is still the Wild West.

Posted May 11, 2016

Creating, distributing, and managing test data has become a bottleneck in the increasingly fast world of agile and DevOps. One way to manage test data management is with virtual data, says Kyle Hailey, technical evangelist at Delphix, who presented a session at Data Summit titled, "Double Developer Productivity With Virtual Data."

Posted May 11, 2016

At Data Summit 2016, Robin A. Thottungal, the EPA's first chief data scientist, explained how the agency is becoming more data-driven and shared some of challenges and the innovative solutions taken by the agency in implementing real-time monitoring of environmental parameters about the current state of our ecosystem.

Posted May 10, 2016

Despite the increasing focus on offering more access to more users in organizations, ad hoc querying of big data remains a problem for most, according to Jair Aguirre, data scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton, who presented a session at Data Summit 2016 titled "De-Siloing Data Using Apache Drill."

Posted May 10, 2016

At the center of the new big data movement is the Hadoop framework, which provides an efficient file system and related ecosystem of solutions to store and analyze big datasets. The Hadoop ecosystem was addressed from two points of view in a session at Data Summit 2016. James Casaletto, principal solutions architect, Professional Services at MapR, presented a talk titled "Harnessing the Hadoop Ecosystem," and Tassos Sarbanes, mathematician / data scientist, Investment Banking at Credit Suisse, covered the advantages of HBase in a talk titled "HBase Data Model - The Ultimate Model on Hadoop."

Posted May 10, 2016

What does the Oracle DBA need to know about NoSQL? Charles Pack, technical director, CSX Technology, answered that question in a session at Data Summit 2016 titled "Oracle NoSQL for the Oracle RDBMS DBA." The Oracle NoSQL Database offers benefits and Oracle DBAs have the opportunity to add it to their portfolios, according to Pack, who covered where the NoSQL database fits in within the overall Oracle ecosystem. "It is not a replacement for all your databases. It is a piece in the puzzle," emphasized Pack.

Posted May 10, 2016

MarkLogic has announced that MarkLogic 9 is available for early access. The latest release of the enterprise NoSQL database features enhancements in data integration, security, and manageability.

Posted May 10, 2016

Data Summit 2016 kicked off at the New York Hilton Midtown earlier this month with keynote presentations by Ben Wellington, the creator of I Quant NY, and Nicholas Chandra, vice president of Cloud Customer Success at Oracle.

Posted May 10, 2016

Big data represents an enormous shift for IT, said Craig S. Mullins in a presentation at Data Summit 2016 in NYC that looked at what relational database professionals need to know about big data technologies. Mullins, a principal of Mullins Consulting, and the author of the DBA Corner column for DBTA, provided an overview of the changes that have taken place in the DBTA arena in recent years, and the key technologies that are having high impact.

Posted May 10, 2016

Sinequa has announced the general availability of Sinequa ES Version 10. Powered by machine learning capabilities, the new version aims to deliver deep analytics of contents and user behavior, and offer information with continually improving relevance to users in their work environments. In order to achieve this advancement into the world of cognitive computing, with this new version, Sinequa has integrated the Spark platform in its distributed architecture and implemented machine learning algorithms on Spark within the core of its product

Posted May 05, 2016

Analytics provider Lavastorm is partnering with Qlik, a provider of visual analytics software, to offer an integrated solution for a broader swath of users of all skill levels through Qlik Sense.

Posted May 03, 2016

The new name for Dell after it merges with EMC later in 2016 will be Dell Technologies. The new name was announced by Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Inc., at EMC World and in a letter to Dell team members.

Posted May 02, 2016

The core reason for implementing in-memory technology is to improve performance. To help accelerate adoption of in-memory technologies and provide a universal standard for columnar in-memory processing and interchange, the lead developers of 13 major open source big data projects have joined forces to create Apache Arrow, a new top level project within the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).

Posted April 24, 2016

SAS has launched Viya,, a new analytics and visualization architecture designed to help make analytics accessible to a greater swath of users. According to the vendor, Viya, represents the foundation for a suite of offerings including machine learning, and will help speed the time between early-stage analytical exploration and resulting business value for users of all skill levels.

Posted April 22, 2016

Oracle announced new additions to its Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud portfolio. The new offerings include a comprehensive self-service solution that helps HR and employees streamline issue resolution, a new work-life application that helps employees identify volunteer services in which to participate and updated corporate learning solutions that support the demands of the digital workforce.

Posted April 19, 2016

First created as part of a research project at UC Berkeley AMPLab, Spark is an open source project in the big data space, built for sophisticated analytics, speed, and ease of use. It unifies critical data analytics capabilities such as SQL, advanced analytics, and streaming in a single framework. Databricks is a company that was founded by the team that created and continues to lead both the development and training around Apache Spark.

Posted April 14, 2016

Pentaho has made enhancements to its metadata injection feature set to reduce development time for data onboarding in both traditional and Hadoop environments.

Posted April 13, 2016

The COLLABORATE 16 conference for Oracle users kicked off with a presentation by Unisphere Research analyst Joe McKendrick who shared insights from a ground-breaking study that examined future trends and technology among 690 members of three major Oracle users groups.

Posted April 12, 2016

Private equity firm Parallax Capital Partners has completed the acquisition of ERwin, from CA Technologies. ERwin will now operate as ERwin, Inc., and will be led by Adam Famularo, who has been named CEO of ERwin.

Posted April 06, 2016

To shed light on the right approaches for improving query performance while at the same time enabling non-technical business users to query large, disparate datasets, Jeremy Sokolic, vice president, product, at Sisense will present a talk at Data Summit titled "Innovating Analytics: From In-Memory to In-Chip."

Posted April 06, 2016

Sisense has announced improvements in its In-Chip Analytics software to help business users and data analysts more easily gain insights from complex data with disparate datasets. According to the vendor, when tested with Intel's recently-released 6th Generation Intel Core vPro processor, it was able to deliver a 300% improvement in speed over older chips.

Posted April 05, 2016

PASS (the Professional Association for SQL Server) is planning its fourth conference focused on business analytics.

Posted April 04, 2016

Successful data-driven organizations are differentiated by the fact that they recognize the need for new tools and technologies that support data visualization, and enable a visual culture of data discovery in its people, processes, and technologies.

Posted March 31, 2016

Melissa Data, a provider of quality solutions, has rolled out the BusinessCoder cloud service, enhancing worldwide business data with deep firmographic information on more than 25 million business records. BusinessCoder incorporates multisourced business data to help organizations improve analytics, generate leads, and boost marketing efforts based on knowing customers and prospects better.

Posted March 30, 2016

There's a need to enable better decision making today with faster access to data. But many organizations are still weighed down by integration and management processes that are not keeping up with the increasing volume, variety, and velocity of data. A greater emphasis on cloud and self-service tools may provide an approach to remedy the situation.

Posted March 30, 2016

Platfora, which provides big data discovery built natively on Apache Hadoop and Spark, is updating its flagship platform with new features that, the company says, will "democratize" big data across an organization.

Posted March 29, 2016

IBM says it is making it easier and faster for organizations to access and analyze data in-place on the IBM z Systems mainframe with a new z/OS Platform for Apache Spark. The platform enables Spark to run natively on the z/OS mainframe operating system.

Posted March 29, 2016

Teradata has introduced a new "design pattern" approach for data lake deployment. The company says its concept of a data lake pattern leverages IP from its client engagements, as well as services and technology to help organizations more quickly and securely get to successful data lake deployment.

Posted March 28, 2016

There is a lot of misinformation about cloud technologies, according to Michael Corey, who will present a session at Data Summit 2016 titled "Cloud Trends and Lessons Learned When Choosing a Cloud Provider."

Posted March 25, 2016

To help organizations that are being held back from moving enterprise workloads to a public cloud because of business, legislative, or regulatory requirements that restrict where and how they handle data, Oracle has launched a new set of offerings. Introduced at Oracle CloudWorld in Washington, DC, by Thomas Kurian, president, Oracle, "Oracle Cloud at Customer" enables organizations to get the benefits of Oracle's cloud services but in their own data center.

Posted March 24, 2016

The rise of big data technologies in enterprise IT is now seen as an inevitability, but adoption has occurred at a slower pace than expected, according to Joe Caserta, president and CEO of Caserta Concepts, a firm focused on big data strategy consulting and technology implementation. Caserta recently discussed the trends in big data projects, the technologies that offer key advantages now, and why he thinks big data is reaching a turning point.

Posted March 23, 2016

Informatica has launched an end-to-end solution to help customers gain greater insight from big data.

Posted March 23, 2016

For those whose brackets took a blow after just the first several games of the 2016 NCAA men's basketball championships, this year's tournament may provide a case in point on the value of analytics over sentiment.

Posted March 18, 2016

With well over a hundred open source projects now part of the Hadoop ecosystem, it can be hard to know which technologies are best for which requirements. To help users get started with Hadoop and understand their technology choices, James Casaletto will present "Harnessing the Hadoop Ecosystem" at Data Summit 2016 in NYC. Casaletto is a solutions architect for MapR, where he develops and deploys big data solutions with Apache Hadoop.

Posted March 17, 2016

Available now, Talend says its Integration Cloud Spring '16 release adds enhancements to help IT organizations execute big data and data integration projects running on AWS Redshift or AWS Elastic MapReduce (EMR) with greater ease - using fewer resources, and at a reduced cost.

Posted March 16, 2016

MapR Technologies has added new features in the MapR Converged Data Platform, including the ability to run stateful, containerized applications. There is a big issue today in that many organizations are limiting Docker to applications that don't require state and don't requirement storage access, said Jack Norris, SVP data and applications, MapR.

Posted March 08, 2016

Data discovery is changing as result of new data usage patterns and requirements, and is increasingly breaking out on its own as a separate and distinct discipline, according to John O'Brien, principal advisor and CEO, Radiant Advisors, who will present a talk at Data Summit 2016 titled "Enabling Governed Data Discovery in Modern Data Architectures."

Posted March 08, 2016

To spread the word on the best information management solutions in the marketplace, Database Trends and Applications has launched the 2016 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards, a program in which the winners will be selected by the experts whose opinions count above all others - you. Time is running out so make your nomination now.

Posted March 02, 2016

Oracle has introduced the StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) 7 System, which provides mainframe and heterogeneous storage combined with the additional capability for automated tiering to the public cloud.

Posted March 02, 2016

Cloudera, a provider of a data management and analytics platform built on Apache Hadoop, has announced the availability of Open Network Insight (ONI) in partnership with cybersecurity vendors.

Posted February 29, 2016

The promise of the data lake is an enduring repository of raw data that can be accessed now and in the future for different purposes. To help companies on their journey to the data lake, Information Builders has unveiled the iWay Hadoop Data Manager, a new solution that provides an interface to generate portable, reusable code for data integration tasks in Hadoop.

Posted February 23, 2016

The Internet of Things holds great promise for everything from better healthcare to decreased traffic accidents and more efficient manufacturing processes. Michael Morton is currently CTO at Dell Boomi, which he joined in 2013 after a career with IBM where he became an IBM Master Inventor and worked directly with Fortune 100 companies. Recently, Morton talked with BDQ about some of the opportunities and challenges and the role that Boomi plays in the emerging IoT market.

Posted February 11, 2016

Talend is introducing Talend Data Preparation, an open source self-service tool to help business users to speed up the time-consuming process of data wrangling or spreadsheet management.

Posted February 09, 2016

Currently, the IT industry is the midst of a major transition as it moves from the last generation - the internet generation - to the new generation of cloud and big data, said Andy Mendelsohn, Oracle's EVP of Database Server Technologies, who recently talked with DBTA about database products that Oracle is bringing to market to support customers' cloud initiatives. "Oracle has been around a long time. This is not the first big transition we have gone through," said Mendelsohn.

Posted February 05, 2016

SolarWinds, a provider of hybrid IT infrastructure management software, is adding improved support for Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition in the latest release of SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer. With the additional support for Oracle Database 12c, the SolarWinds tool now pinpoints efficiency issues and optimizes performance of Oracle pluggable databases in a multitenant environment through tuning, metric visibility and resource correlation to help ensure the availability and speed of business-critical applications.

Posted February 04, 2016

Couchbase has rolled out Couchbase Mobile 1.2. The new release makes it easier for professional developers to build and deploy mobile applications with improvements in administration, simplified in-place upgrades, as well as security and performance enhancements.

Posted February 04, 2016

IBM has expanded its Cloud Data Services portfolio with 25 new services now available on the IBM Cloud that are designed to help developers build, deploy, and manage web and mobile applications and enable data scientists to discover hidden trends using data and analytics in the cloud.

Posted February 04, 2016

Oracle has introduced a new Big Data Preparation Cloud Service. Despite the increasing talk about the need for companies to become "data-driven," and the perception that people who work with business data spend most of their time on analytics, Oracle contends that in reality many organizations devote much more time and effort on importing, profiling, cleansing, repairing, standardizing, and enriching their data.

Posted February 04, 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced the availability of HPE Investigative Analytics, a new software solution to enable financial institutions and other organizations in highly regulated industries to use big data technologies to detect patterns, relationships, behaviors, and anomalies across structured and unstructured data stores. The software is aimed at helping companies reduce risk by proactively preventing fraudulent actions.

Posted February 02, 2016

Paxata's Winter '15 release allows administrators to deploy the data prep platform in heterogeneous environments including the Hortonworks Data Platform on YARN and with multiple versions of Apache Spark. The latest release also improves the way business analysts find, access, and apply data by delivering additional ease of use capabilities supported by machine learning innovations, and provides enterprise-grade security and a multi-tenant governance model.

Posted January 27, 2016

MariaDB, a provider of open source relational database solutions, has received $9 million in equity financing to support accelerating sales and advanced technology development. Monty Widenius, the creator of both MySQL and MariaDB, has joined the company as CTO, and Michael Howard, who was most recently CEO at C9, has been named as the company's CEO.

Posted January 21, 2016

Oracle continued to hammer home its message on the value of cloud at its CloudWorld event for customers and partners at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Cloud is critical to IT because of a confluence of factors, ranging from business trends to demographics, said Mark Hurd, Oracle CEO, in his keynote at the event, repeating a warning he has issued at past Oracle events.

Posted January 20, 2016

Rackspace has added three key enhancements spanning data storage, security, and DR to the ObjectRocket offering for MongoDB to address requirements in mission-critical enterprise scenarios. The new capabilities were announced in a blog post by Kyle Hunter, product marketing manager for ObjectRocket solutions at Rackspace. The database market is growing strongly and the biggest growth area is open source databases, according to Chris Lalonde, CEO and co-founder of ObjectRocket.

Posted January 19, 2016

Following closely on the heels of Oracle's announcement about construction of a technology campus in Austin, Texas, which will increase its team there by more than 50%, the company also shared plans about an additional EMEA recruitment drive to hire 1,400 employees. While the Austin campus is aimed at attracting technical professionals at early stages of their careers in support of cloud expansion, the EMEA effort is designed to recruit sales talent with a range of experience in support of cloud services.

Posted January 14, 2016

For more than 15 years, National Software Systems has been a Revelation Software solution provider. During that time, National Software Systems has developed many software packages individually suited to particular customer requirements using Revelation Software.

Posted January 07, 2016

In late December, it was quietly announced that StackEngine, an Austin, Texas-based provider of a container operations platform for developers, DevOps and IT teams, had been acquired by Oracle. Separately, in late December, Oracle announced plans to construct a next-generation technology campus in Austin as part of its global hiring initiative to drive Oracle cloud expansion and attract millennial talent.

Posted January 05, 2016

The availability of Apache Spark 1.6 was announced today. The Spark 1.6 release continues the major theme of making Spark easier to use for data applications, said Reynold Xin, co-founder at Databricks, the company behind Spark. "There are lots of improvements and new features - in fact over 1,000 - in this Spark release," said Xin.

Posted January 04, 2016

MemSQL, provider of real-time databases for transactions and analytics, today announced the latest version of MemSQL Ops which accelerates the use of Spark with Spark SQL pushdowns, allows for in-browser Python programming in MemSQL Streamliner, and provides automatic memory provisioning with the introduction of support for NUMA.

Posted December 16, 2015

Couchbase today announced general availability of Couchbase Server 4.1. The new release adds full CRUD support, in addition to covering indexes and prepared statements to improve the speed of complex queries, and expands platform support to further accelerate the adoption of Couchbase by large enterprises and the developer community. The new release makes it easier for developers to build agile enterprise applications on a NoSQL database that has the architecture to operate at any scale, according to Ravi Mayuram, senior vice president, products and engineering, Couchbase.

Posted December 15, 2015

Hortonworks revealed upcoming advancements of Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) with the in-memory analytic capabilities of Spark. Hortonworks has also launched Hortonworks Community Connection (HCC), a new online collaboration destination for developers, DevOps, customers and partners to get answers to questions, collaborate on technical articles and share code examples from GitHub.

Posted December 10, 2015

Salesforce has announced the next generation of Lightning Connect, its service that allows developers and business admins to build real-time integrations with external data sources without writing any code. The updated service, dubbed Salesforce Connect, allows Salesforce users to access and manage data in external apps, whether on-premise or cloud, directly from Salesforce. The goal with the new offering, Kunzle says, is to allow workers to proactively manage customer data so they can connect and collaborate in an agile way, and be more responsive to customers.

Posted December 10, 2015

Bomgar, a provider of secure access solutions, has acquired password management technology from Pitbull Software, expanding Bomgar's portfolio of Privileged Access Management solutions. The acquired Pitbull KeyHolder solution is used to secure, manage, and administer passwords for privileged users. Bomgar's solutions allow organizations to provide administrators, vendors, and business users with the access capabilities they need to be more productive, while protecting high value infrastructure, assets, and applications from cyberattacks

Posted December 10, 2015

Platfora has added $30 million in growth-stage financing from new investors HSBC and Harmony Partners, with participation from earlier-stage backers, including Allegis Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Citi Ventures, Cisco, Sutter Hill Ventures and Tenaya Capital. This new round brings Platfora's total amount raised to $95 million.

Posted December 08, 2015

IBM is acquiring Clearleap to boost its IBM Cloud platform and accelerate the delivery of video service as a strategic source of data for business. The acquisition is part of IBM's moves to help clients improve access to "dark data" which, because it is unstructured and dark to computer systems, cannot be effectively managed or exploited.

Posted December 08, 2015

MapR Technologies has introduced the MapR Converged Data Platform, which integrates file, database, stream processing, and analytics to accelerate data-driven applications and address emerging IoT needs. "Increasingly companies are looking at how they can move beyond batch to a real time paradigm where instead of reporting what happens they are actually incorporating analytics into these streams and impacting business as it happens," said Jack Norris, chief marketing officer, MapR. "That is what is driving this technology advancement."

Posted December 08, 2015

It's estimated that out of the 2.5 billion gigabytes of data which are created every day, 80% is comprised of unstructured content. To help make it faster, easier and more secure for developers to tap into and store growing volumes of unstructured data, including content such as images, documents and videos, IBM has introduced IBM Object Storage, an IBM Cloud service

Posted December 08, 2015

The pressure is on for organizations to react faster to changing opportunities and risks by leveraging data to improve decision making. In addition to well-established data management approaches such as relational, MultiValue, and the mainframe, there are now hybrid scenarios incorporating cloud, NoSQL, Hadoop, Spark, and other open source projects. Here, Database Trends and Applications magazine presents the list of Trend-Setting Products for 2016.

Posted December 02, 2015

Hadoop distribution provider Cloudera has introduced Cloudera Enterprise 5.5, including Cloudera Navigator Optimizer, a new product targeted at helping organizations improve big data workload performance and efficiency. Cloudera Navigator Optimizer, now in beta, is expected to be generally available in 2016. The new release of Cloudera Enterprise has three main areas of focus, according to Anupam Singh, head of data management at Cloudera.

Posted November 19, 2015

A new cloud-based knowledge management solution within the Oracle Service Cloud is has been launched to help organizations deliver a better customer experience, while reducing overall customer support costs. Oracle Knowledge Advanced cloud is fully integrated into Oracle Service Cloud, and is aimed at helping organizations to create and refine their knowledge assets to deliver a seamless cross-channel customer experience in 33 languages for both end customers and contact center agents.

Posted November 18, 2015

EMC has unveiled an assortment of products and solutions designed to connect primary storage and data protection systems to private and public clouds. "Cloud has become a strategic imperative for our customers," said Christopher Ratcliffe, SVP, EMC Core Technologies. And, one of the things that EMC often hears from customers, he said, is that even if they don't want to use it today, they want to know that they have the option to do so in the future if they choose.

Posted November 17, 2015

With the Hadoop ecosystem expanding rapidly, Hortonworks' Shaun Connolly recently discussed how Hadoop and related technologies are growing and being used, as well as the factors for a successful deployment.

Posted November 13, 2015

With increased demand for mass customization and personalization, the emergence of Web 2.0, and one-to-one marketing, and the need for better risk management and timely fraud detection, the pressure is on for organizations to improve their ability to extract, understand, and exploit analytical patterns of customer behavior and strategic intelligence.

Posted November 12, 2015

At Oracle OpenWorld each year, there are significant announcements about Oracle products and insight provided on key areas of focus for the future. Melissa English, president of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), recently reflected on some of the key developments at the 2015 OpenWorld conference and their relevance for OAUG members. In particular, said English, "Oracle's announcements about continuing to support on-premises apps for the next 10 years and beyond are significant."

Posted November 12, 2015

The DBA's role is becoming increasingly complex and now often involves managing data both on premise and in the cloud, and in a variety of database management systems including not only traditional relational systems such as Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL and others, but also new open source and NoSQL technologies, according to Gerardo Dada, vice president of product marketing, at SolarWinds.

Posted October 28, 2015

Each year at Oracle OpenWorld, new products are introduced and existing ones updated during keynotes and presentations. Along the way, top executives make observations about how IT is changing overall and at customer deployments. This year, the impact of cloud is being felt strongly.

Posted October 28, 2015

At Oracle OpenWorld today Oracle announced a suite of integrated monitoring, management and analytics solutions for IT organizations. "There is unprecedented pressure to deliver features, functionality, and updates much faster than they have ever been done before," said Prakash Ramamurthy, Oracle senior vice president, Systems & Cloud Management, in an interview. But, at the same time there is less patience than ever for slow-performing applications. As a result, there is a greater need to reduce critical errors and reduce the time to troubleshoot problems when they occur.

Posted October 27, 2015

Attunity Ltd., a provider of data management software solutions, has introduced the latest version of its data replication and loading solution. Designed to accelerate enterprise big data analytics initiatives, Attunity Replicate 5.0 automates big data movement to, from and between databases, data warehouses, Hadoop and the cloud, reducing the time and labor, and ultimately the cost of making big data analytics available in real time.

Posted October 26, 2015

At Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Oracle announced new Oracle Database Cloud offerings, expanding its portfolio of Oracle Cloud Platform, services that enable organizations to deliver reliable, scalable, and secure database-driven solutions and applications in the cloud.

Posted October 26, 2015

Organizations are getting squeezed, said Mark Hurd, Oracle CEO, in his Monday morning keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2015. They have old infrastructure; there is the need for innovation but also great pressure to do things such as increase security and adhere to governance mandates which are not innovative; and also pressure to keep costs flat, without increasing IT costs. "This is why the cloud is such a big deal," said Hurd, sharing his list of top 5 predictions for 2025.

Posted October 26, 2015

In the 1989 movie, "Back to the Future Part II," actor Michael J. Fox's character traveled in time to October 21, 2015. And today, October 21, 2015, in his keynote at Dell World 2015 in Austin, Michael S. Dell, founder and CEO of Dell, expanded on what it means for organizations to be future-ready, and what Dell is doing to help. Referring to the recently announced plans for Dell to acquire EMC in a deal valued at $67 billion, Dell said, "I started this company 32 years ago, just a few blocks from here in my dorm room, building PCs. And as I speak to you here today with this agreement in place Dell is set to become an enterprise solutions powerhouse."

Posted October 21, 2015

MapR is including Apache Drill 1.2 in its Apache Hadoop distribution and is also now offering a new Data Exploration Quick Start Solution, leveraging Drill to help customers get started more rapidly with big data projects. Apache Drill is an open source, low-latency query engine for Hadoop that delivers secure, interactive SQL analytics at petabyte scale. With the two announcements, MapR says customers and partners will able to more quickly leverage Drill to get fast business insights from all their data in Hadoop and other sources. MapR also released a comprehensive SQL-based test framework to the open source community.

Posted October 21, 2015

Oracle today announced the general availability of MySQL 5.7, the latest version of the open source database. According to Tomas Ulin, vice president, MySQL Engineering, Oracle, the new version delivers greater performance, scalability, manageability, plus enhanced NoSQL capabilities with JSON support and MySQL Router, which makes it easy to connect applications to multiple MySQL databases.

Posted October 19, 2015

Clearlake Capital Group, L.P., a private investment firm with a sector-focused approach, has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Syncsort Inc., a global big data enterprise software provider. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, Syncsort provides enterprise-grade software that spans "big iron to big data," including fast-growing analytical platforms such as Apache Hadoop, Splunk, Apache Spark, and the cloud, as well as more mature platforms such as the IBM z Systems mainframe.

Posted October 14, 2015

Until the safe harbor agreement between U.S. and Europe was ruled invalid recently in a European court, it was understood that for any European company the U.S. was safe, and the data security in the U.S. was acceptable. But the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice says that is "actually not true," said Andreas Gauger, chief marketing officer and cofounder of Profitbricks, a cloud computing IaaS company. Now, a new agreement will have to be forged between the different entities. "Now that band-aid has been ripped off and the wound is open. Now they have to sit down and finally agree on something."

Posted October 14, 2015

In what is being hailed as the biggest tech merger ever, Dell Inc. and EMC Corp. today formally announced they have signed a definitive agreement under which Dell will acquire EMC. The total transaction is valued at $67 billion. The deal is expected to close in the second or third quarter of Dell's fiscal year which ends February 3, 2017 (within the months of May to October 2016). The industry is going through a "tremendous transformation," with the old style of IT being "pretty quickly disrupted" yet this rapid change is also presenting "incredibly rich" opportunities, said Joe Tucci, chairman and chief executive officer of EMC, during a conference call with media and industry analysts.

Posted October 12, 2015

At Strata + Hadoop World 2015, Attunity announced the release of Attunity Replicate Express, a downloadable edition of its data replication and loading software. The solution, which answers a growing demand for more accessible real-time big data analytics, is freely available to download online. The new solution supports ingesting data to and from Oracle, SQL Server, and Hadoop Data Lakes for test and development environments.

Posted October 06, 2015

Couchbase is today announcing the general availability of Couchbase Server 4.0, a major new release of its NoSQL database management system. The company is calling Couchbase Server 4.0 a "transformational release," that dramatically increases the types of applications and use cases that Couchbase can now support. The announcement is being made at Couchbase Live New York, where customers such as Marriott, GE, Gannett, Cox Automotive, DIRECTV, Nielsen and others are speaking about their use of Couchbase in a variety of deployments.

Posted October 06, 2015

One of the noticeable changes this year at Strata + Hadoop World 2015 was the rise of Apache Spark, an engine for large scale data processing. In recent months, many companies have extended support to Spark, which can be complementary to Hadoop, but can also be deployed without it.

Posted October 05, 2015

At Strata + Hadoop World 2015, SAP showcased its portfolio of big data solutions, including the HANA platform that offers real-time integration of big data and information held in Hadoop with business processes and operational systems, Lumira and SAP BI tools that enable data discovery on Hadoop along with data wrangling capabilities, SAP Data Services, and the newest SAP product for the Hadoop world, HANA Vora, which takes advantage of an in-memory query engine for Apache Spark and Hadoop to speed queries. SAP HANA Vora can be used as a stand-alone, or in concert with SAP HANA platform to extend enterprise-grade analytics to Hadoop clusters and provide enriched, interactive analytics on Hadoop and HANA data.

Posted October 01, 2015

Objectivity, which recently introduced ThingSpan, a purpose-built information fusion platform intended to simplify and accelerate companies' ability to deploy and derive value from industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications, has announced plans to support Intel's TAP (Trusted Analytics Platform) at Strata + Hadoop World, in NYC. ThingSpan is aimed at helping companies "that are drowning in data but thirsty for answers in time" said Jay Jarrell, CEO and president of Objectivity, during an interview at the conference.

Posted September 30, 2015

Oracle has announced Oracle SOA Cloud Service and Oracle API Manager Cloud Service, new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform for Integration. The two cloud services join Oracle's other iPaaS services, including Oracle Integration Cloud, which was announced in June. The two new releases are part of Oracle's ongoing process of augmenting and covering integration use cases to address the variety of different user requirements, according to Amit Zavery, senior vice president of Oracle Cloud Platform. "These are two different offerings for two different use cases."

Posted September 28, 2015

In advance of an event at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, at which MongoDB showcased leading use cases for the company's NoSQL database technology, and introduced a new MongoDB University app for iOS, Kelly Stirman, vice president of strategy and product marketing at MongoDB, discussed how companies are putting MongoDB to use now, and upcoming features in MongoDB 3.2 which will be rolled out before the end of the year.

Posted September 24, 2015

MarkLogic, which bills itself as the only enterprise NoSQL database provider, completed a $102 million financing round earlier this year that it will use to accelerate the pace of growth in the $36 billion operational database market. Recently, Big Data Quarterly spoke with Joe Pasqua, executive vice president of products at MarkLogic, about the changing database management market, and what MarkLogic is doing to meet emerging enterprise customer requirements.

Posted September 24, 2015

Dell has introduced a new solution for Hadoop, co-designed with Cloudera and Syncsort, to ease the planning, design, construction and deployment process of transforming data into a ready state for analysis, then loading it for business reporting or for querying.

Posted September 22, 2015

Just-in-time manufacturing and leaner inventory levels mean that all components have to arrive at factories exactly when they are expected. To ensure that unforeseen production glitches don't occur, Waterloo Manufacturing Software develops and markets TACTIC advanced planning and scheduling (APS) software to manufacturers of all sizes worldwide. Waterloo, a longtime Revelation Software customer, has built its product on Revelation's flagship product, OpenInsight, a Windows-based database application development tool.

Posted September 11, 2015

It's no secret that the world of information technology is changing fast. Data is being created in ways not possible a few years ago. It is now feasible to collect and analyze data from a wide range of sources, including mobile devices, machines, social media, documents, and emails. To help organizations navigate the rapidly changing big data landscape, Big Data Quarterly presents the "Big Data 50," a list of companies driving innovation.

Posted September 09, 2015

To help companies get more value from big data, SAP has introduced HANA Vora, a new in-memory computing engine that leverages and extends the Apache Spark execution framework to provide enriched, interactive analytics on Hadoop. HANA Vora is a completely new product built from the ground up and is aimed at better processing of data to make business decisions.

Posted September 08, 2015

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of software solutions for cross-platform application and database development, has released its largest release of RAD Studio in a decade, "RAD Studio 10 Seattle." A primary goal of the new release is to help Embarcadero's community of three million C++ and Delphi developers easily get new and existing applications on Windows 10, plus OS X, and mobile platforms.

Posted August 31, 2015

Just before VMworld, which is going on now, Mathew Lodge, vice president of product marketing, Cloud Services, VMware, discussed the conference whose theme is "Ready for Any," as well as best practices for cloud strategies and the changes taking place today in IT infrastructure.

Posted August 25, 2015

Google, whose name became synonymous with internet search, is reorganizing to maintain its innovation and competitiveness. The company is creating a new public holding company called Alphabet, with Google as well as other companies, housed within the new structure. According to Larry Page, CEO of Google, the reorganization is part of an effort to avoid getting "too comfortable," observing in a blog post that in the tech industry, "where revolutionary ideas drive the next big growth areas, you need to be a bit uncomfortable to stay relevant.

Posted August 11, 2015

Data integration software provider Informatica has been acquired by a company controlled by the Permira funds and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). Microsoft Corporation and Salesforce Ventures, Salesforce's corporate investment group, are also strategic investors in the company alongside the Permira funds and CPPIB. In making the announcement, Informatica said the new ownership would allow it continue to grow while taking a longer view rather than focusing on quarters.

Posted August 11, 2015

Faced suddenly with the challenge of quickly extracting valuable consumer data from a massive file for customer acquisition programs, DX Marketing selected Oracle Database Cloud Service and Oracle Marketing Cloud Service to replace its on-premise computing platform.

Posted August 07, 2015

A typical organization loses 5% of its revenues to fraud each year, and in the U.S. alone the total cost of (non-health) insurance fraud is estimated at more than $40 billion per year, according to Bart Baesens, one of the authors of a new book on data science techniques for fraud detection. While opportunities for fraud are continuously evolving, fraud detection always has the biggest impact if it is done quickly. Fortunately, says Baesens, big data analytics can help to make early fraud detection possible.

Posted August 05, 2015

Oracle recently rolled out major updates to Oracle Identity Management to help organizations securely manage access to mobile, cloud, and on-premise applications. Jim Taylor, senior director, product management, Oracle, discussed how the data security landscape is being shaped by greater digitization, more demand for access from more devices, and the relentless reports of high-profile data breaches.

Posted August 05, 2015

The Oracle Database In-Memory has been certified by SAP for use with SAP solutions based on the SAP NetWeaver 7.x technology platform. This move continues the longstanding collaboration between Oracle and SAP to enable SAP software to run together with Oracle technologies.

Posted August 05, 2015

Following up on the April 2014 announcement of Solaris 11.2, a modern cloud platform including a full OpenStack distribution, Oracle now plans to integrate Docker into Oracle Solaris.

Posted August 05, 2015

"Big Data," "Cloud," "Mobile," "IoT," "Social," "Real Time"—the stream of buzzwords seems unending. Helping Oracle customers stay on top of the latest technologies, deal with new challenges, and make the most of emerging opportunities, each fall Oracle presents OpenWorld, an event spanning the entirety of Oracle's offerings. The conference attracts tens of thousands of influential attendees who converge in San Francisco to learn about current and future technologies and trends from Oracle and the surrounding ecosystem.

Posted August 05, 2015

The IT industry continues to expand at a brisk pace with a steady influx of innovative products and technologies to help organizations extract value from data, integrate it with new and traditional sources, as well as ensure quality and security.

Posted August 04, 2015

First announced in September, Windows 10 has become available as a free upgrade in 190 countries. Addressing the ubiquity of mobile devices for business use, and an increasing emphasis on anywhere anytime access, Windows 10 will run across devices, with a tailored experience for each device, and also adds greater security enhancements.

Posted July 29, 2015

Technology is changing fast, and it's more important than ever to stay on top of the latest developments. To provide information on how these technologies work, the benefits each provides, and how they are being used in the real world, Database Trends and Applications is hosting a special roundtable webcast. Both current users and prospective adopters are invited to "Harnessing the Hadoop Ecosystem." The webcast will take place Thursday, August 13, at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET.

Posted July 29, 2015

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of software solutions for application and database development, has acquired Raize Components. Along with the acquisition, Embarcadero is introducing new releases of CodeSite and Konopka Signature VCL Controls, as Embarcadero add-on products for developers. "With the release of Windows 10 tomorrow, it's the perfect time for developers to be thinking about new and expanded Windows development as Microsoft brings Windows to more form factors and extends it with Bluetooth LE, IoT, and mobile support," said John "JT" Thomas, senior director of application development products at Embarcadero.

Posted July 28, 2015

Designed to help enterprises overcome the obstacles commonly hindering data initiatives, Analytics1, an end-to-end, cloud-based analytics and business intelligence solution, is now available from Data Intensity.

Posted July 21, 2015

New additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform were introduced in June. A critical piece of the updated suite, according to Amit Zavery, senior vice president of Cloud Platform at Oracle, is the Oracle Integration Cloud Service, which aims to simplify integration between cloud and on-premises Oracle and third-party applications.

Posted July 13, 2015

No matter what the causes, a series of unfortunate events added up to a lot of bad news for data security and availability during one week in early July. In addition to an outage at the New York Stock Exchange, IT issues resulted in the grounding of United Airlines planes for 2 hours on the same day, and new revelations surfaced about a data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Posted July 10, 2015

Oracle has taken the wraps off Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0, the latest release of the free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software. Now generally available, Oracle VM VirtualBox runs on standard x86 desktop and laptop computers, and enables developers and users to create cloud and local applications without the overhead of using a full server environment.

Posted July 10, 2015

Responding to a growing need to deliver more data to the right people at the right time, Cloudera and Teradata have announced the Teradata Appliance for Hadoop with Cloudera—the enterprise-ready Hadoop distribution.

Posted July 09, 2015

Attunity CloudBeam for Azure SQL Data Warehouse, a new cloud solution from Attunity, enables automated and optimized data loading from enterprise databases into the Azure SQL Data Warehouse. The new offering will simplify and accelerate data loading from enterprise databases, making it easier for customers to adopt the new Microsoft data warehouse service and benefit from big data analytics, according to Itamar Ankorion, executive vice president of business development and corporate strategy at Attunity.

Posted June 25, 2015

Midstate Mutual Insurance Company provides property and casualty insurance in New York State, through insurance products that are sold exclusively through independent agencies located throughout upstate New York. To meet escalating information technology requirements and stay successful, Midstate, a longtime Revelation Software customer, has evolved to offer online access at any time, and from any device through separate, dedicated portals for agents and customers.

Posted June 24, 2015

Oracle announced more than two dozen new PaaS and IaaS services spanning database, Java, integration, analytics, compute, storage, and networking services. "We are now prepared to call our platform and our infrastructure services complete," said Oracle executive chairman of the board and CTO Larry Ellison during the launch event. A key tenet of Oracle's cloud strategy, said Ellison is to offer the same technology on-premise and in the cloud "so you can easily move your data and applications back and forth."

Posted June 22, 2015

Describing it as potentially the most important new open source project in a decade, IBM announced a major commitment to Apache Spark.

Posted June 15, 2015

The latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager offers enhancements designed to help customers manage, migrate, test and deploy applications and databases across hybrid clouds, with reuse of existing management tools and practices, from a single pane of glass.

Posted June 11, 2015

The world of information technology is often described as an ecosystem. And just like an ecosystem that exists in nature, IT is affected by internal and external factors. In this issue of Database Trends and Applications magazine, we introduce the third annual list of companies that matter in data, a reflection of the IT ecosystem as it exists now.

Posted June 01, 2015

If used correctly, machine data can provide a company a significant advantage in terms of understanding user and machine behavior, fighting cyber security risks and fraudulent behavior, service levels and customer behavior. In his talk at Data Summit 2015, Dejan Deklich, vice president, engineering platform and cloud at Splunk, discussed issues around machine data analysis and showcased some prominent use cases.

Posted May 13, 2015

Ian Abramson, principal senior consultant, SWI Systemware Innovation Corporation, Oracle Ace, and IOUG past president, provided a look back at the evolution of BI and a peek at what may lie ahead for analytics in a talk titled "Analytics in the Time of Big Data," as part of the IOUG track at Data Summit 2015 in New York.

Posted May 13, 2015

Data has changed and, with this change, cracks in the armor of traditional data warehousing approaches are forming. The concept of the data warehouse is still sound. However, businesses can be more successful by acknowledging that the traditional enterprise data warehouse cannot solve all problems today.

Posted May 12, 2015

At Data Summit 2015 in New York, James Casaletto of MapR and David Teplow of Integra provided deep dives into the world of Hadoop, past, present, and future.

Posted May 12, 2015

To transform data into value, IT must move from thinking about what it does to data, and instead focus on business outcomes and what can be done with the data to advance the business, according to Edd Dumbill, vice president, strategy, Silicon Valley Data Science, who gave the welcome keynote at Data Summit 2015.

Posted May 12, 2015

Oracle has introduced Oracle Secure Global Desktop (SGD) Release 5.2, the latest version of the company's secure remote access solution for cloud-hosted enterprise applications and hosted desktops running on not only Microsoft Windows, but also Linux, Solaris and mainframe servers. SGD allows users to work securely from any device and from any location, while providing administrators controlled access to applications and desktop environments resident in the data center, providing a key benefit to large companies in a BYOD world.

Posted May 06, 2015

Oracle has announced that Oracle SQL Developer version 4.1, Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler 4.1, and Oracle REST Data Services version 3.0 are now generally available. A common theme across all three new releases is an emphasis on making developers lives easier, said Kris Rice, senior director of database tools, Oracle. "Everything revolves around the data."

Posted May 06, 2015

Pivotal has made updates to its big data suite that include upgrades to the Pivotal HD enterprise-grade Apache Hadoop distribution, which is now based on the Open Data Platform core, and performance improvements for Pivotal Greenplum Database.

Posted May 05, 2015

To help organizations answer questions with data spread across disparate analytics systems and data repositories, Teradata has expanded its QueryGrid technologies. "With this announcement we have our foot on the gas pedal," Imad Birouty, director of product marketing, Teradata. "We have seven updates. We are announcing new connectors that are on their way, announcing that we have delivered on the connectors that we previously announced, and we are refreshing previously-released connector versions of the technologies."

Posted April 20, 2015

Perhaps no other technology is more intertwined with the promise of big data than Apache Hadoop, the open source framework that emerged 10 years ago. Hadoop was first leveraged at big web companies for its ability to process large quantities of varied-format data using affordable commodity servers. Today, the Hadoop ecosystem is expanding swiftly, and its value in the enterprise is being recognized.

Posted April 15, 2015

Unstructured data types and new database management systems are playing an increasing role in the modern data ecosystem, but structured data in relational database management systems (RDBMS) remains the foundation of the information infrastructure in most companies. In fact, structured data still makes up 75% of data under management for more than two-thirds of organizations, with nearly one-third of organizations not yet actively managing unstructured data at all, according to a new survey commissioned by Dell Software and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.

Posted April 15, 2015

Oracle has released Application Express 5, a new version of the popular tool for development and deployment of professional web-based applications for desktops and mobile devices using only a web browser. With the new release, the first since October 2012, not only did Oracle affect what can be produced but the development environment itself has been improved as well, according to Michael Hichwa, vice president of software development at Oracle, and Joel Kallman, director, software development at Oracle.

Posted April 15, 2015

MySQL has announced MySQL Server 5.7, release candidate 1 (5.7.7), which represents the first major release since the 5.6 GA release 2 years ago. MySQL 5.7 RC 1 adds enhancements in several important areas, which are targeted at both growing with existing customers and their current installed base and demands, as well as trying to enter into new market segments, according to Tomas Ulin, vice president for the MySQL engineering team at Oracle. In particular to broaden its use within enterprise environments, with this release, work has been done in areas such as security, GIS, and query optimization.

Posted April 14, 2015

Think Big, a Teradata company, has introduced the Dashboard Engine for Hadoop, which enables organizations to access and report on big data in Hadoop-based data lakes to make agile business decisions. "There are endless streams of data from web browsers, set top boxes, and contact centers that often land in Hadoop, but sometimes don't make their way into downstream analytics," said Ron Bodkin, president, Think Big.

Posted April 13, 2015

Pivotal has proposed "Project Geode" for incubation by the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). A distributed in-memory database, Geode will be the open source core of Pivotal GemFire, and is now available for review at network.pivotal.io. Pivotal plans to contribute to, support, and help build the Project Geode community while simultaneously producing its commercial distribution of Pivotal GemFire.

Posted April 13, 2015

Data is being collected everywhere - and from everything. The idea is that it can provide the power of insights never before possible into everything from the patient care to the health of machinery to customer sentiment about products and services. But to reveal these valuable insights, this data also has to be captured and analyzed in ways never before possible.

Posted April 08, 2015

A new release of the HP Haven Big Data Enterprise and OnDemand Platform incorporates advanced analytics and predictive capabilities for enterprises working with large volumes and varieties of information.

Posted April 06, 2015

Oracle has unveiled Oracle Data Integrator for Big Data to help make big data integration more accessible and actionable for customers. The goal with the new data integration capabilities is to bring together disparate communities that have emerged within the Oracle client base and allow the mainstream DBAs and ETL developers as well as the big data development organization to be brought together on a single platform for collaboration, said Jeff Pollock, vice president of product management at Oracle.

Posted April 06, 2015

SAP has announced it has certified its products on Oracle Database 12c. "More than two-thirds of all SAP customers run their SAP applications on the Oracle Database today. There is a strong overlap," said Sohan DeMel, vice president, Product Strategy and Business Development, Oracle. "These joint customers are looking to leverage Oracle's best database technology."

Posted April 03, 2015

With the advent of big data, the scope of business intelligence and analytics is expanding. To shed light on the changes taking place within BI as a result of big data, Ian Abramson, author, principal senior consultant at SWI, and a past president of the IOUG, will present a session at Data Summit 2015 titled "The New Analytic Paradigm: The Big Evolution of BI." Abramson will present his session at 10:45 am on Wednesday, May 13, as part of the IOUG Track.

Posted March 26, 2015

Apple has acquired FoundationDB, a provider of database technology that marries NoSQL with ACID attributes, according to news reports that swirled in the tech industry. Commenting on the acquisition, Adam Wray, CEO of Basho Technologies, a developer of distributed systems including the Riak NoSQL database, observed that "NoSQL databases are an increasingly critical part of enterprises' ability to derive real business value from the massive amounts of data that users, devices and online systems generate."

Posted March 25, 2015

ScaleArc, a provider of database load balancing software, has announced support for automatic cache invalidation, providing a transparent ACID-compliant caching mechanism for dynamic data. The ScaleArc software tracks data changes to invalidate a cache entry, ensuring that outdated data is not served for Oracle and MySQL, as well as SQL Server database environments.

Posted March 24, 2015

NoSQL database company Couchbase is adding new scaling technology in its next major release of Couchbase Server to increase application performance as well as reduce costs. Couchbase Server 4.0 with Multi-Dimensional Scaling is planned for release in the summer of 2015.

Posted March 23, 2015

Oracle announced that fiscal 2015 Q3 total revenues were unchanged at $9.3 billion. Without the currency headwinds caused by the strengthening of the U.S. dollar, the company said total revenues would have been up 6% as measured in constant currency. "Oracle now has a cloud revenue run rate of well over $2 billion a year. We are already the world's second largest SaaS and PaaS company," said Oracle chairman and CTO Larry Ellison during a conference call discussing Oracle's third quarter financial results.

Posted March 18, 2015

MemSQL, a provider of real-time databases for transactions and analytics, has added geospatial capabilities for its in-memory, distributed, SQL-based database. By bringing together geospatial and operational data in the same database, the goal is to help organizations improve agility for their geospatial analysis.

Posted March 17, 2015

Trying to put together the perfect bracket for the 2015 NCAA men's basketball championship? Data scientists are offering their expertise to help basketball fans solve this real-world challenge.

Posted March 17, 2015

Paxata is partnering with Carahsoft Technology Corp, a government IT solutions provider, to bring the Paxata Adaptive Data Preparation application and platform to government agencies to help them automate, collaborate and govern data integration, data quality and the enrichment process. "Paxata fills a critical technology gap between the industry-leading data management capabilities provided by Cloudera and innovative data visualization functionality pioneered by Tableau," said Michael Shrader, vice president, Intelligence and Innovative Solutions, at Carahsoft.

Posted March 12, 2015

Ryft has unveiled the Ryft ONE, a commercial 1U platform designed to enable faster business insights by simultaneously analyzing up to 48 terabytes of historical and streaming data at 10 gigabytes/second or faster. The Ryft ONE will be available in early Q2 2015, as a hosted or on-premises solution, and the Ryft Early Access Program is now accepting applications.

Posted March 10, 2015

"This acquisition is strategic, synergistic, and will strengthen our leadership in the big data and Hadoop market," said Shimon Alon, Attunity's chairman and CEO, during a conference call this morning discussing his company's purchase of Appfluent, a provider of data usage analytics for big data environments, including data warehousing and Hadoop. "We also expect it to accelerate our revenue growth and to be accretive to earnings." The total purchase price is approximately $18 million, payable in cash and stock, with additional earn-out consideration based on performance milestones.

Posted March 05, 2015

Oracle says it is addressing two major networking requirements for cloud-enabled data centers with new high performance, low cost 10Gb/40Gb Ethernet switches and the addition of virtual network services to Oracle SDN. The new networking technologies are aimed at providing the flexibility and scalability for both enterprise data centers and network function virtualization infrastructure.

Posted March 04, 2015

Informatica, a data management company, is collaborating with two major big data players - Capgemini and Pivotal - on a data lake solution. As part of the Business Data Lake ecosystem developed by Capgemini and Pivotal, Informatica will deliver certified technologies for data integration, data quality and master data management (MDM).

Posted March 03, 2015

Oracle has begun shipping its new Oracle Big Data Discovery and Oracle GoldenGate for Big Data products. With Oracle GoldenGate for Big Data, the technology, which is used to replicate data from system to system in real time, adds Hadoop as a target environment, and with Big Data Discovery, Oracle provides an end to end environment that is visual and intuitive in order to allow business analysts and business users to participate in the big data analytics process.

Posted February 19, 2015

Oracle unveiled the sixth-generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine during a launch event led by Oracle executive chairman of the board and CTO Larry Ellison. In a recent interview, Tim Shetler, vice president of Exadata Product Management at Oracle, and Juan R. Loaiza, senior vice president, Systems Technologies, discussed the significance of key innovations, including elastic configurations, the new Non-Volatile Memory Express flash protocol, and new capacity on demand licensing, that make it one of the most important releases in the history of Exadata.

Posted February 11, 2015

Attunity recently added new capabilities to its solution suite with the acquisition of BIReady's data warehouse automation technology, which eliminates the complex, manual tasks of preparing data for BI and big data analytics. Lawrence Schwartz, Attunity's vice president of marketing, spoke with DBTA about BIReady and other Attunity solutions for customers dealing with big data projects.

Posted February 06, 2015

MongoDB has introduced MongoDB 3.0. According to Kelly Stirman, director of products at MongoDB, the new NoSQL database release introduces two key innovations that make the system well suited for the demanding requirements of large enterprises.

Posted February 03, 2015

During a live event, Larry Ellison, Oracle's executive chairman of the board and CTO, outlined a new strategy for reducing customer costs and increasing value with the company's next generation of engineered systems. In the presentation today, Ellison emphasized two key points.

Posted January 21, 2015

Cloud is being embraced strongly at Oracle. That is the message loud and clear from the company, which brought its CloudWorld to New York City on January 13. During the event, which drew customers, analysts, and thought leaders, Oracle offered an overview of its cloud strategy and the progress the company has made thus far in addressing consumers and enterprise constituents in the cloud. Oracle's cloud strategy is very simple, said Thomas Kurian, president, Oracle Product Development. The idea is to bring Oracle's business applications, technology, software, database, middleware, analytic tools and infrastructure "to any customer anywhere in the world through the internet browser."

Posted January 13, 2015

The Sony hack not only sidelined a major film, "The Interview," but it is beginning to look as if the data breach may be worthy of a Hollywood movie itself. The incident which exposed sensitive company and employee data has drawn widespread scrutiny on how it happened as well as how it has been handled. The still-unfolding events are placing a renewed focus on the importance of enterprise data security and what must be done to ensure it.

Posted December 23, 2014

Based in the Chicago metropolitan region, Solution Specialties, Inc. has been developing information systems for justice agencies since 1987, and has customers using its Tracker software from coast to coast. Tracker is designed to provide a fully integrated view of the justice process from the point of an initial crime report all the way up to and including corrections and parole and long-term follow-up. This highly evolved software suite rests on Revelation Software's OpenInsight 9.4, a MultiValue-based application development environment.

Posted December 17, 2014

2015 is going to be a big year for big data in the enterprise, according to Oracle. Neil Mendelson, Oracle vice president of big data and advanced analytics, shared Oracle's "Top 7" big data predictions for 2015. "The technology is moving very quickly and it is gaining to the point where a broader set of people can get into it - not just because it is affordable - but because they no longer require specialized skills in order to take advantage of it," he said.

Posted December 15, 2014

2014 has been described as the year of the data breach. But 2015 will be the year of the regulator, says Suni Munshani, CEO of Protegrity, a provider of data security solutions. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there were 708 breaches that took place in the past year, grabbing headlines and sending warnings to retailers to prepare for the 2014 holiday shopping season that is now in full swing.

Posted December 11, 2014

With the latest update to the Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle has built in the notion of a "dev/test appliance," according to Sohan DeMel, vice president, product strategy and business development, Oracle. According to DeMel, Oracle has found that customers use five, six, or as many as seven times as many systems for their test and development functions because there are so many different aspects to testing - such as integration testing, user acceptance testing, and stress testing. While the dev/testing capability is not new to the market, DeMel points out that what is different about the Database Appliance approach to dev/test is that Oracle has essentially commoditized the capability and is providing it as a core platform feature and not something that it is up-selling and charging customers more for.

Posted December 10, 2014

Data is increasingly being recognized as a rich resource flowing through organizations from a continually growing range of sources. But to realize its full potential, this data must be accessed by an array of users to support both real-time decision making and historical analysis, integrated with other information, and still kept safe from hackers and others with malicious intent. Fortunately, leading vendors are developing products and services to help. Here, DBTA presents the list of Trend-Setting Products in Data and Information Management for 2015.

Posted December 02, 2014

Enterprise NoSQL database platform provider MarkLogic today announced the availability of MarkLogic 8 Early Access Edition, which brings together advanced search, semantics, bitemporal and native JavaScript support into one platform. The overall theme of the MarkLogic 8 is ease of use. "This release is all about bringing MarkLogic to where the developers are and making it easy for them to adopt MarkLogic," said Joe Pasqua, senior vice president, product strategy, MarkLogic.

Posted November 18, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded IBM contracts valued at $325 million to develop and deliver advanced "data-centric" supercomputing systems at Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. "This architecture is really part of a paradigm that addresses the big data challenge, one we hear about here at IBM all time - which we call data-centric computing. We believe the value of a supercomputer is not only tied to petaflops but also to the speed of insights. We solve this particular challenge working with the labs through an open ecosystem leveraging technologies with our partners at the OpenPower Foundation, NVIDIA and Mellanox," said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems and Technology Group, during a webcast to announce the new supercomputing systems.

Posted November 14, 2014

Big data and analytics workloads are placing greater demands on the enterprise, and creating the need for software defined infrastructure, says Bernie Spang, VP, Strategy, software-defined environments in IBM Systems & Technology Group. With the volume of data organizations are dealing with today, there is a need to optimize the compute and storage resources. "We can't do it with the traditional, manual, rigid IT environment of the past," said Spang.

Posted November 07, 2014

A new IOUG report, "DBA-Security Superhero, 2014 IOUG Enterprise Data Security Survey," makes the case that database security has risen to a top business challenge and now is the time for DBAs to take on a leadership role along with security professionals to enforce data privacy, protect against insider threats, and address regulatory compliance requirements.

Posted November 05, 2014

Attunity has introduced Replicate 4.0 which provides high-performance data loading and extraction for Apache Hadoop. The solution has been certified with the Hortonworks and Cloudera Hadoop distributions.

Posted October 14, 2014

Teradata is introducing Teradata Loom 2.3, a platform that provides integrated metadata management, data lineage, and ata wrangling for enterprise Hadoop. Teradata has also launched Teradata Cloud for Hadoop, a turnkey, full service cloud environment, and a broad technology and marketing partnership with Cloudera. "Increasingly, customers want a one-stop shop for their data analytics needs," said Chris Twogood, vice president of products and services at Teradata.

Posted October 09, 2014

Cisco brought the fifth annual Data Virtualization Day to the Waldorf Astoria in New York City to share details about advancements coming in Cisco Information Server 7.0, the advantages of data virtualization, and the importance of the network. A key component of 7.0 release of Cisco Information Server which will be shipped next month, is the Business Directory, which will support greater access to data among more users on a self-service basis.

Posted October 01, 2014

Oracle's new Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance, unveiled by Oracle executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison during his opening keynote, is touted as the world's first and only engineered system designed specifically for Oracle Database protection..

Posted September 30, 2014

In his keynote address, Thomas Kurian, executive vice president, Product Development, Oracle, showcased a brand new product, Oracle Big Data Discovery - a visual face to Hadoop - "that allows you to go to a browser, profile the data, explore the data, analyze the data, and do prediction and correlation," he said.

Posted September 30, 2014

A goal at many organizations is to make the data that matters more broadly accessible to more users in a timely fashion. However, at the same time, enterprise data environments are becoming more complex and costly, running on many platforms, supporting many applications, and handling growing volumes of data. IT is expected to respond quickly to new initiatives that can support the business but as IT environments become more unwieldy, agility is an elusive concept.

Posted September 30, 2014

"Digital disruption" driven by technology is having an impact on the decisions IT organizations are making, Mark Hurd told the audience at the Moscone Center in his first OpenWorld keynote as Oracle CEO. Hurd described the dramatic impact cloud, exploding data volumes, social, business, consumer sophistication, and mobility are having on IT organizations, and then interviewed executives about the individual challenges faced by each, including Yael Cosset of dunnhumby; Stephen Little of Xerox; Jamie Miller of GE; Filippo Passerini of P&G; Kimberly S. Stevenson of Intel Corporation; and Tim Theriault of Walgreen Co.

Posted September 29, 2014

Ron Bodkin founded Think Big Analytics to help organizations gain value from big data. Before that, he was vice president of engineering at Quantcast where he led the data science and engineering teams deploying Hadoop and NoSQL for batch and real-time decision making. In this interview, Bodkin who is CEO of Think Big, now a Teradata company, discusses the challenges organizations face in getting big data projects off the ground and what they need to consider when they embark on projects to leverage data from the Internet of Things and social media.

Posted September 25, 2014

In what is being heralded as an epic change at Oracle, Larry Ellison, the charismatic CEO of Oracle, is stepping down and will be succeeded by Safra Catz and Mark Hurd who will share the CEO position. Despite the widespread pronouncements that this is the end of an era and that Ellison is relinquishing his membership in the exclusive club of rock-star tech leaders that has included Apple's Steve Jobs and Microsoft's Bill Gates, some industry insiders believe that is simply not the case. Ellison, they say, will remain a force to be reckoned with at Oracle.

Posted September 19, 2014

A new survey of data managers and professionals who are subscribers to DBTA finds that, over the next 10 years, about two-fifths of respondents expect to leave the field - with about half of those people retiring and the other half moving on to other jobs in management or self-employment.

Posted September 16, 2014

After 20 years in the MultiValue market, most recently as vice president of the U2 and D3 Business Areas of Rocket Software, Susie Siegesmund is retiring. In an interview, Siegesmund reflected on the changes that have taken place in MultiValue and the emerging opportunities in this sector of the IT market.

Posted August 27, 2014

With the opportunities and obstacles presented by developments such as big data, cloud, and mobility, the challenges of managing and extracting value from data have never been greater. At the same time, the array of technology options for storing, protecting, integrating, enhancing and analyzing data has exploded. To help add perspective and acknowledge the products and services that have been deemed to provide unique value to customers, DBTA created this new competition. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards.

Posted August 04, 2014

Why do tens of thousands of Oracle customers, partners, and consultants descend on Moscone Center in San Francisco for the annual Oracle OpenWorld conference? Despite the proliferation of conferences and online events competing for attention, OpenWorld remains the single, central place for all things Oracle. Here, DBTA presents the annual Who to See @ Oracle OpenWorld special section.

Posted August 04, 2014

Presort First Class is a full-service mail provider, offering a complete turnkey operation with the ability to import customers' data into its own systems, print and fold their documents, insert them into envelopes, and then seal and meter the mail before submitting it in bulk to the U.S. Postal Service. A critical aspect of growing the business is staying current with new technology. To stay agile, the company relies on Revelation Software's OpenInsight 9.4, and is also eyeing new capabilities that are expected to become available in the upcoming release of OpenInsight 10.0, particularly the new Couchbase connector.

Posted July 23, 2014

The big challenge of managing data today is not simply the high volume or the fact that much of it is unstructured. It is the variety of data and the need to integrate it all in order to leverage its value, said MongoDB CEO Max Schireson during a keynote at the NoSQL database vendor's NYC conference, MongoDB World. "It is no longer good enough to just look at your data in silos," said Schireson.

Posted July 01, 2014

To meet emerging challenges in the enterprise fueled by the expansion of cloud, mobile and IoT, Oracle has introduced SOA Suite 12c with simplified integration capabilities. "We are seeing a lot of demand for any-to-any integration," said Amit Zavery, group vice president, Fusion Middleware, Oracle. "We have more than 5,000 customers using SOA Suite today," he said, adding that this release moves the needle even further and allows Oracle to differentiate against the competition more starkly. "The cloud and mobile capabilities will be very useful for customers looking for one, out-of-the-box solution for any kind of integration."

Posted June 26, 2014

MarkLogic CEO Gary Bloom and his team brought the MarkLogic World Tour 2014 to Wall Street to showcase customer use cases and explain the key new features coming out in MarkLogic 8. The overarching theme for the new release is ease of use, said Bloom.

Posted June 04, 2014

Data management challenges and opportunities have intensified over the past year. With organizations increasingly seeking to become data-driven entities—companies that actually use the data they are amassing for competitive advantage—DBTA set out to recognize innovative providers of hardware, software, and services. In this issue, Database Trends and Applications magazine introduces the second annual "DBTA 100" list of companies that matter most in data.

Posted June 02, 2014

In a presentation at Data Summit in NYC, Tara Bruckert, director of technology solutions at Attunity, showcased how Kongsberg Maritime implemented a joint Microsoft-Attunity solution with a platform called Kongsberg Information System that includes SQL Server for Embedded Systems as the database platform and Attunity Replicate for data movement.

Posted May 22, 2014

It is more important than ever for companies to see the relationships in data, text, video and audio - across different technology types and languages, said Dan Burke, vice president of HP Autonomy in his keynote at Data Summit. According to Burke, 90% of digital content created in 2015 will be unstructured.

Posted May 22, 2014

Big data is causing a big shift in three areas - people, process and technology, said SAS thought leader Anne Buff, who gave a keynote at Data Summit dotted with examples of the rich opportunities for greater customer insight that can be achieved as well as the pitfalls lying in wait for companies that fail to use their data wisely.

Posted May 21, 2014

The challenges of big data quality were discussed at Data Summit in NYC in a session presented by Paula Wiles Sigmon, program director, product marketing, IBM, and Elliot King, who has just authored a Unisphere Research report on how "governance moves data from hype to hope." Increasingly, organizations across industries are adopting formal data governance strategies to get a grip on their data lineage, quality and protection, said Sigmon.

Posted May 14, 2014

Great tech conferences provide information on new approaches and thought-provoking - sometimes even uncomfortable - discussions. With three tracks of sessions, preconference workshops and a product showcase, DBTA's 3-day Data Summit conference in NYC allowed attendees to hear what experts really think is important in big data.

Posted May 13, 2014

In his hard-hitting presentation on big data at Data Summit, Rick Smolan, a Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer, and author of the book, "The Human Face of Big Data," described big data as "the development of a nervous system for the planet," and shared insights about the current impact as well as the potential for the future - of everything that can be measured being measured.

Posted May 13, 2014

A majority of executives want to make their companies data-driven but have no idea how to go about it, according to SiSense co-founder and CPO Elad Israeli, who will cover what's needed to plan a big data project at Data Summit, taking place in New York City, May 12-14. Despite the potential rewards, a solid strategy is needed before jumping into a big data project, Israeli cautions.

Posted May 09, 2014

MongoDB's Kelly Stirman and Cloudera's Yuri Bukhan recently talked with DBTA about the companies' new partnership and what it will mean for the big data ecosystem in the future. There is a need to demistify big data, they say, so that organizations can understand what technologies are right for their individual needs.

Posted May 01, 2014

At an event in NYC, Oracle president Mark Hurd and EVP John Fowler unveiled Solaris 11.2, which represents an evolution from operating system to a complete platform, they said. The phenomena of cloud and engineered systems are driven by the same requirement, which is the need to transfer work from the IT budget to the R&D budget to make things work more efficiently, observed Hurd, who asked, "Who really wants to glue an operating system to a server?"

Posted April 30, 2014

SAS Institute's Anne Buff has given her upcoming Data Summit keynote a humorous title, but, there is nothing funny about companies' need to find ways to exploit big data, achieve data monetization, and leverage the opportunities of data's ROI, she says. Buff will deliver her presentation, "Oh, Shift! How Big Data Is Calling for an Enterprise Data Rethink," at the Data Summit at the New York Hilton Midtown, taking place May 12-14.

Posted April 25, 2014

Windows-upgrade procrastinators, watch out. That's the message coming through from some security experts who estimate that there is a significant portion of business users who still have not moved off Windows XP, despite the fact that patches will no longer be issued. Users have been warned by Microsoft for years now that support for the more-than-decade-old operating system, as well as for Office 2003, would end on April 8, 2014.

Posted April 07, 2014

Finding high quality education and training remains a key challenge for SAP users, according to Mike Harrold, executive director for the Independent SAP Technical Users Group (ISUG-TECH). With the 2014 ISUG-TECH conference fast-approaching (April 14-17), Harrold talked about SAP's planned launch of ASE (Adaptive Server Enterprise) 16 at the conference and the best ways for SAP users to get the product information they need.

Posted March 26, 2014

Alyssa Johnson, who became president of the OAUG in January, recently spoke with DBTA about the challenges and choices facing OAUG members. A major topic of discussion for Oracle users at the upcoming COLLABORATE 14 conference will be how and when to migrate to E-Business Suite 12, says Johnson. Covering a range of business areas, including CRM, financial management, supply chain management, EBS is a backbone suite of ERP applications on which many companies rely to run their businesses. End of support is looming for 11i, Johnson says, and it's time to decide on 12.1.3 or 12.2 and start planning that upgrade now.

Posted March 24, 2014

Couchbase provides a distributed NoSQL document database for interactive applications. The company just released Couchbase Server Enterprise Edition 2.5 with new high availability and security features. Bob Wiederhold, president and CEO of Couchbase, talks with DBTA about the new release and how the landscape for NoSQL database technology is changing.

Posted February 12, 2014

Institutions around the world depend on Vernon Systems Limited, based in Auckland, New Zealand, to provide sophisticated collection management and web access for cultural treasures. Revelation Software's products have been core to Vernon Systems' business, providing the main development environment for Vernon Systems since it was founded in 1986.

Posted January 20, 2014

New IOUG (Independent Oracle Users Group) research underwritten by EMC looks at the problem of mission-critical-application downtime and its impact on organizations. According to this new global survey, among respondents with at least two data centers and rapid replication solutions, 46% indicate are less than satisfied with their current strategies.

Posted January 14, 2014

At an event in NYC, Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO, unveiled IBM's new Watson Group, which is aimed at enabling a new class of software, services and apps that think, improve by learning, and discover answers and insights to complex questions from massive amounts of big data. IBM will invest more than $1 billion into the Watson Group, which will be headquartered in New York City's Silicon Alley technology hub.

Posted January 09, 2014

The data-driven demands on organizations have never been greater. Two of the most pressing concerns that organizations face today are the need to provide analytic access to newer data types such as machine-generated data, documents and graphics, and the need to control the cost of information management for growing data stores. DBTA's new list of Trend-Setting Products in Data for 2014 highlights the products, platforms, and services that seek to provide organizations with the tools necessary to address rapidly changing market requirements.

Posted December 20, 2013

Oracle has announced the fifth generation database machine, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4, which adds enhancements to improve performance and quality of service for OLTP, DBaaS (database as a service), and data warehousing. Tim Shetler, vice president of product management, Oracle, shared his views on the update in an interview. "There is no price change with this generation. It is the same price as before. We are just giving customers more capacity and more performance," said Shetler.

Posted December 12, 2013

The latest release of CA ERwin Data Modeler, a solution for collaboratively visualizing and managing business data, addresses two major objectives - the need for organizations to manage more data across more platforms, and to easily share that data with an expanding number of users with a range of roles and skill sets.

Posted November 15, 2013

Constantly changing tax rules can make payroll deductions and tax payments a time-consuming and costly endeavor for businesses. To get this onerous job done efficiently and cost-effectively, many utilize payroll software specialists that provide tools to support their in-house staff. Read how Revelation Software's OpenInsight and OpenInsight for Web are giving Ardbrook, a Dublin, Ireland-based software provider of payroll software, the agility it needs.

Posted October 09, 2013

Modern marketers are increasingly targeting their efforts at providing the right information to the right customer at just the right moment. These marketers see the ability to provide relevant content to clients and prospective customers as a way of building their brand awareness and forging lasting relationships. However, according to a new survey, sponsored by Skyword, Inc., and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., there are obstacles in the path to achieving the full effect of these efforts.

Posted October 04, 2013

Oracle is advancing the role of Java for IoT (Internet of Things) with the latest releases of its Oracle Java Embedded product portfolio - Oracle Java ME Embedded 3.3 and Oracle Java ME Software Development Kit (SDK) 3.3, a complete client Java runtime and toolkit optimized for microcontrollers and other resource-constrained devices. Oracle is also introducing the Oracle Java Platform Integrator program to provide partners with the ability to customize Oracle Java ME Embedded products to reach different device types and market segments. "We see IoT as the next big wave that will hit the industry," Oracle's Peter Utzschneider, vice president of product management, explained during a recent interview.

Posted July 23, 2013

SAP AG and Esri, a geographic information system (GIS) and location analytics provider, are joining forces to more deeply integrate GIS solutions with platforms and enterprise applications from SAP in order to improve business efficiency and decision-making. The ability to combine the added dimension of location information with enterprise data, in real time is aimed at giving businesses greater immediacy in their decision-making capabilities. "We are partnering with the leading GIS vendor in the marketplace, Esri, to provide much deeper integration. We see GIS-related information becoming more important in the future," David Jonker, senior director, Big Data Product Marketing, Technology & Innovation Platform, SAP Labs, tells DBTA.

Posted July 09, 2013

Database Trends and Applications introduces the inaugural "DBTA 100," a list of the companies that matter most in data. The past several years have transformed enterprise information management, creating challenges and opportunities for companies seeking to extract value from a sea of data assets. In response to this, established IT vendors as well as legions of newer solution providers have rushed to create the tools to do just that.

Posted June 03, 2013

David Jonker, senior director, Big Data Marketing, SAP, recently highlighted the results of a new big data survey, the "2013 Big Data Opportunities Survey." According to the research, contrary to the perception that big data only provides value when it is crunched on the type of large-scale clustering technologies used by web companies, many big data issues are being successfully addressed now by conventional technologies such as relational databases. But while many respondents believe their current technology is capable of helping them manage and capitalize on big data, they also are concerned about gaining faster access to their large datasets.

Posted May 29, 2013

DBTA's Big Data Boot Camp provided attendees with an immersion experience in the world of big data. Presentations and panel discussions with data experts covered the value provided by Hadoop and related solutions, how it all fits into the overall enterprise data management picture, real-world use cases in which big data technologies are now being deployed, how to get started, the legal implications of big data management that organizations need to be aware of before they initiate a big data project, and how to successfully engage with customers through social media. Ten salient points emerged from the two-day conference which wrapped up at the Hilton New York on Wednesday.

Posted May 23, 2013

Three things people need to think about in a big data implementation are persistence, context and access, John O'Brien, founder and principal, Radiant Advisors, told attendees during his keynote, "The Big Data Paradigm," at DBTA's Big Data Boot Camp. O'Brien's talk provided an overview of the technologies and issues that attendees would learn about during the conference which took place this week in New York City. Following the opening address, David Jonker, senior director, Big Data Marketing, SAP, highlighted the results of a new big data survey, the "2013 Big Data Opportunities Survey," which revealed a variety of practical approaches that organizations are adopting to manage and capitalize on big data.

Posted May 23, 2013

Opportunities abound for organizations that are able to gain insight into customers, sales, markets, and processes, by analyzing data culled from a myriad of sources across the enterprise. This rich information can enable executives, managers, and professionals to answer questions never possible before. As a result, for the companies that are able to provide business decision makers with quick and efficient access to BI or analytic data from which they can create their own interfaces and reports, competitive advantage can be realized.

Posted December 19, 2012

The latest IOUG study on database security finds that there are measures that need to be taken to safeguard data from internal abuse; however, preventing privileged users from negligence or malfeasance is a serious challenge. According to this year's study, human error has beat out internal hackers or unauthorized users as the biggest security risk. In addition, more than half of respondents say their organizations still do not have, or are unaware of, data security plans to help address contingencies as they arise. These enterprise data security challenges, and more, are highlighted in a new survey of 350 data managers and professionals by the Independent Oracle Users Group. Underwritten by Oracle Corporation and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., it covered progress within three key areas of database security - prevention, detection, and administration.

Posted December 05, 2012

Enterprise NoSQL vendor MarkLogic recently brought its summit series to New York. Themed as "Big Data, Beyond the Hype: Delivering Results," the one-day conference included presentations by MarkLogic executives as well as partners and customers. In his opening keynote, CEO Gary Bloom highlighted the need for a next-generation database to address the problems and opportunities posed by big data, while also cautioning that there are "a lot of shiny objects" in the market now trying to capture people's attention that may not deliver the necessary results.

Posted November 30, 2012

Jeff West, president of Quest International Users Group, joined by Jonathan Vaughn, Quest's executive director, talked with DBTA at Oracle OpenWorld about what's ahead for 2013. The group has launched smaller, product-concentrated events to support JD Edwards and PeopleSoft users' specific areas of interest, and expanded its range of online offerings for users who may not be able take advantage of in-person conferences. Plans are underway to help members learn about PeopleSoft 9.2 coming in March and to prepare for the looming end of support for JD Edwards World. As always, says West, Quest continues to help get information to members from Oracle and their peers. "It is always about return on investment and aligning IT with the business. That is always on the top of people's minds."

Posted November 27, 2012

TVSN is a 24x7x365 television shopping network that sells clothing, health and beauty aids, electronics, home furnishings, collectibles, and jewelry in Australia. Customers can place orders at any hour of the day or night any way they desire, by phone or online. Since TVSN is always open and always on, downtime is just not possible. Originally only available on cable TV, at 8:30 am on Monday October 24, 2012, TVSN in combination with Network Ten Australian flipped the switch to make television shopping available to anyone in Australia who has a television. As a result, TVSN now reaches 6.5 million households. TVSN has relied on Revelation Software since the late 1980s when it was called Demtel, a telemarketing company that was one of the first to run infomercial-style ads Down Under, using a Revelation G application in the call center and warehouse.

Posted November 13, 2012

Mark Clark, president of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), spoke with 5 Minute Briefing at the recent Oracle OpenWorld conference about issues facing Oracle Applications users and the OAUG's plans for the year ahead. Helping members understand the significance of the cloud, Fusion applications, and EBS 12.2 are key issues, as the OAUG continues to provide education, networking opportunities, and a voice for members to Oracle, says Clark, who is also a senior partner at O2Works.

Posted October 30, 2012

At OpenWorld, Oracle's annual conference for customers and partners, John Matelski, president of the IOUG, and CIO for Dekalb County, Georgia, gave his perspective on the key takeaways from this year's event. Matelski also described the user group's efforts to help the community understand the value of Oracle's engineered systems and deal with the broad implications of big data, and how the IOUG is supporting Oracle DBAs in their evolving roles.

Posted October 24, 2012

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison laid out four key products in his opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld this year. The announcements - all related to the cloud - include an Oracle IaaS offering in addition to PaaS and SaaS; the addition of an Oracle Private Cloud option; Oracle Database 12c; and the new Exadata X3.

Posted October 10, 2012

As data continues to grow unabated, organizations are struggling to manage it more efficiently. By better leveraging their expanding data stores and making the information available more widely, organizations hope to put big data to work — helping them to achieve greater productivity and more informed decision making, as well as compete more effectively as a result of insights uncovered by analytics on their treasure troves of information. Improving the management of big data is not something to consider addressing at some point in the hazy future — the big data challenge is already here, according to a new survey of 264 data managers and professionals who are subscribers to Database Trends and Applications.

Posted June 13, 2012

Clinical Data Management (CDM) is a company headquartered in Colorado that provides clinical information database software, enabling medical institutions to report and compile data on patient care. A longtime user of Revelation Software, dating back to Revelation G and continuing through OpenInsight, CDM was pleased with both the quality of the products and the service from Revelation. However, CDM had come to realize it needed to provide a web interface for data entry to better support its customers and also stay current with evolving technology requirements. That need was answered when Revelation launched the OpenInsight for Web (O4W) Development Toolkit, a web development toolkit that makes it possible for OpenInsight developers with limited or no HTML, XML or JavaScript experience to develop feature-rich web pages.

Posted March 07, 2012

The challenges of maintaining security and regulatory compliance as applications increasingly move to the cloud - whether public, private or hybrid - will come into greater focus in 2012, says Ryan Berg, cloud security strategy lead for IBM. The need to manage security among an increasingly mobile workforce, with many employees choosing to use their own personal devices, will also be a key concern in 2012, says Berg.

Posted February 02, 2012

The first calendar year following SAP's acquisition of Sybase is coming to a close. David Jonker, director, product marketing - Data Management & Analytics, Sybase, discusses key product integrations, IT trends that loom large in Sybase's data management strategies, and the emergence of what Sybase describes as DW 2.0. 2011 has been "a foundational year," with effort focused on making Sybase technologies work with SAP and setting the stage for 2012, says Jonker. "We believe 2012 is going to be a big year for us on the database side."

Posted December 21, 2011

The results of the latest IOUG survey on data security are in and the story is not likely to help data professionals or C-level executives sleep better at night. The study, "Databases are More at Risk Than Ever: 2011 IOUG Data Security Survey," conducted in July 2011 by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., and sponsored by Oracle, finds the security threat level to business is escalating and many information security professionals are concerned about the growing numbers of data breaches as well as the methods by which valuable data is being accessed. The IOUG Data Security Survey has been conducted every year since 2008, and Oracle is making the full report on the 2011 survey, authored by Unisphere Research analyst Joe McKendrick, available on the Oracle website. A short registration form is required for access.

Posted December 06, 2011

At Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco earlier this month, Oracle users groups were out in force hosting SIG meetings, providing educational information, and presenting sessions by subject matter experts. User group presidents were also onsite, outlining ambitious plans for the year ahead.

Posted October 26, 2011

Quest International Users Group (Quest) for Oracle PeopleSoft, JD Edwards and Oracle Utilities users is laying out an ambitious roadmap for the year ahead, incorporating new in-person product-focused events directed specifically at the needs of the JD Edwards and PeopleSoft communities, as well as expanding its offering of online learning opportunities. Michael L. Whitmer, president of Quest, joined by Jonathan Vaughn, Quest's executive director, talked with 5 Minute Briefing at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco about strategies for supporting members in 2012. There is a shift going on in IT and being technically competent is simply not enough anymore, says Whitmer. "The IT organizations that are going to be successful going forward are those that really move out of being the order-taker organization to being a true business strategy organization, in partnership with the business, and deliver IT in a way that provides business value."

Posted October 20, 2011

At OpenWorld, Oracle's annual week-long conference in San Francisco for customers and partners, Andy Flower, president of the Independent Oracle Users Group, spoke with 5 Minute Briefing about the emerging challenges facing IOUG members, the group's plans for the year ahead, including additional training and certification around Exadata, and how Oracle's engineered systems approach is being received. "The overall need for analytics, the growth of data, and the managing and processing of more and more data - those areas are the central themes for us," Flower noted.

Posted October 19, 2011

The Oracle Applications Users Group is continuing its Back to Basics theme, Mark C. Clark, president of the OAUG, told 5 Minute Briefing during Oracle OpenWorld, with education and networking, enabled by smaller regional events and online learning opportunities, in addition to its continued participation in larger events such as OpenWorld and COLLABORATE. Upcoming Connection Point events include the "OAUG Connection Point-EPM/BI/R12.1 Upgrade" which will be held November 15-16, 2011, in Atlanta; and the "OAUG Connection Point-Dubai 2012" will be held March 14-15, 2012, in Dubai, UAE.

Posted October 18, 2011

During a keynote presentation last week at Oracle OpenWorld 2011, the new Oracle Big Data Appliance, an engineered system optimized for acquiring, organizing and loading unstructured data into Oracle Database 11g, was announced by Thomas Kurian, executive vice president, Product Development, Oracle.

Posted October 05, 2011

Smartphones, tablets and other handhelds are changing the way companies do business. And when these revolutionary devices can be combined with existing tried-and-true software for evolutionary change, as opposed to ripping and replacing, the results are even better.

Posted September 14, 2011

The rise of big data has garnered much of the attention in the data management arena lately. But it is not simply the sheer volume of data that is challenging data professionals. Many new types and brands of DBMSs are also popping up across organizations, bringing new problems for the data professionals who are tasked with managing them, and also giving rise to scores of "accidental database administrators" with no formal DBA training, a new Unisphere Research study reveals.

Posted August 11, 2011

The rise of big data has garnered much of the attention in the data management arena lately. But it is not simply the sheer volume of data that is challenging data professionals. Many new types and brands of DBMSs are also popping up across organizations, bringing new problems for the data professionals who are tasked with managing them, and also giving rise to scores of "accidental database administrators" with no formal DBA training, a new Unisphere Research study reveals.

Posted August 04, 2011

When you think of mission-critical services, perhaps none is as critical as electrical service. Not much can happen in modern businesses, government offices, or even homes without it. Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) is the largest electric company in Vermont. More than 159,000 customers in 163 communities rely on the electrical service CVPS provides. And, according to J.D. Power and Associates, a global marketing and surveying company, for overall customer satisfaction, CVPS continues to rank in the top tier of utilities in the eastern region, more than 50 points above the regional average.

Posted June 08, 2011

The Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 and X2-8 with the Solaris option began shipping just this month. Now in its third generation, the Database Machine combines all the components to create what the company describes as the best platform for running the Oracle Database. Here, Tim Shetler, vice president of Product Management, Oracle, talks about the performance innovations that differentiate Oracle's offering, how customers are using the system today for business advantage, and also — what's ahead.

Posted May 25, 2011

River Parishes Community College (RPCC) is an open-admission, 2-year, public institution. It is located in the small Ascension Parish town of Sorrento in what is known as the River Parishes region of the state because of the parishes' proximity to the Mississippi River. RPCC recently implemented a new self-service student portal based on Revelation Software's Web 2.0 toolkit, OpenInsight for Web (O4W). The new portal allows students to accomplish a range of tasks on their own, such as scheduling classes, without requiring assistance from school administrators.

Posted May 12, 2011

"Big data" has emerged as an often-used catch phrase over the past year to describe exponentially growing data stores, and increasingly companies are bolstering their product lines to address the challenge. But helping companies manage and derive benefit from the onslaught of mainly unstructured data has consistently been the focus for MarkLogic Corporation, whose flagship product, MarkLogic Server, is a purpose-built database for unstructured information. The company, which has roughly 240 customers in industries, including media, government and financial services, today announced Ken Bado as its new chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors. "Unstructured data, literally and figuratively, is huge. Clearly, 80% of the data that is generated every day by all of us is unstructured. The question is: How do you deal with it?" Bado tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted April 05, 2011

A member of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) since 1992, Mark C. Clark recently took over as president of the organization. He spoke with DBTA about what's in store for members at the annual Oracle users conference COLLABORATE as well as for the year ahead. Helping members prepare for an upgrade to Oracle Applications Release 12, providing additional smaller, more targeted regional events, and a continued emphasis on a return to the basics with networking and education are at the top of his to-do list for 2011.

Posted March 23, 2011

Despite highly publicized data breaches, ranging from the loss of personally identifiable information such as credit card and Social Security numbers at major corporations to the WikiLeaks scandal involving sensitive U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. State Department information, and the "alphabet soup" of compliance regulations, data around the globe remains at grave risk, according to John Ottman, president and CEO of Application Security, Inc., who has written "Save the Database, Save the World" to focus attention on the problem and present steps to its solution. While super secure networks are important, that alone is far from enough and a layered data security strategy with a commitment to "protecting data where it lives - in the database" must be pursued to avoid risks posed by outside hackers as well as authorized users, says Ottman. A stronger government hand may be needed as well to defend "the critical infrastructure that operates in the private sector," he suggests.

Posted March 17, 2011

Data continues growing rapidly, flowing into enterprises from traditional sources as well as new pipelines fueled by web and social media. Often presented in a range of formats and structures, this data onslaught phenomenon has come to be known as "big data." Companies, educational institutions, and government agencies are striving to meet the management challenge of this data deluge as well as mine this wealth of information for business advantage. In this special section, DBTA asks key vendors to explain their strategies for enabling customers to better handle ever-increasing data stores.

Posted March 09, 2011

The market for data warehouse appliances - solutions consisting of integrated software and hardware - is heating up, with new twists emerging from both established and new appliance vendors. Netezza, an early proponent of the appliance approach, was acquired in November 2010 by IBM. Here, Phil Francisco, vice president, product management and product marketing for IBM Netezza, shares his views on what's changing and what's ahead for appliances. Going forward, he anticipates that there will be very specific, vertically-oriented solutions that are built on appliances, which will take into account the kinds of data models and the kind of functionality that is required for industries such as telco, retail, and financial services.

Posted February 23, 2011

DBTA recently presented the third in a series of educational webcasts focused on managing and leveraging big data. The webcast, "Using SQL to Explore Any Data on Hadoop in the Cloud," showed how Amazon Elastic MapReduce, a hosted Hadoop web service, combined with Karmasphere Analyst, provides a rapid onramp to big data using SQL. Presented by Adam Gray, product manager, Amazon Elastic MapReduce, and Martin Hall, co-founder, president and CEO, Karmasphere, the webcast was hosted by Tom Wilson, president, DBTA and Unisphere Research. Setting the context for Gray's and Hall's presentations, Wilson observed that, according to the findings a recent study of data growth conducted by Unisphere Research among members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), data is growing at 9 out of 10 respondents'organizations, and at rates of more than 50% a year at 16% of the respondents' organizations. But it is not simply the growth of data that is the problem; it is the size of the resident data that is thwarting the ability of organizations to not only manage - but extract business value from - these vast and potentially rich repositories of information, Wilson said.

Posted February 23, 2011

Brent Ozar achieved SQL Server 2008 Master status earlier this year, becoming the fifth person in the U.S. outside of Microsoft to achieve the company's highest technical certification. A Quest Software SQL Server expert at the time, Ozar has since joined SQLskills.com, a provider of training and consulting focused on Microsoft SQL Server, as a principal consulting partner. In this issue, he provides an arcane gliimpse into the intense 3-week-long onsite program that include the most difficult exams he had ever seen.

Posted September 07, 2010

Imagine the job of a high school athletic director - juggling the full spectrum of seasonal sports, planning for fields, gymnasiums and pools, transportation to the events, as well as the assignment and fees of the officials, timekeepers, scorers, security, and other necessary personnel, for all of freshman, JV, and Varsity teams - all with little, if any, staff. Add to that mix, the inevitable last-minute scheduling changes that occur due to inclement weather and there is the potential for some very unhappy students, coaches and parents if those changes are not shared in a timely manner. MVP Software eases this burden with Sportspak, a software application which provides game scheduling and official assignment management to a league, conference or district-wide office, and a more recent product, SportspakAD, which serves the needs of high school athletic directors by providing modules for student athletes, teams and rosters, equipment, coaches' certifications, awards, budgets inventory, facilities and alumni. A third product, Sportspak.Online can be used with either Sportspak or SportspakAD, allowing a central office or school to publish current, up-to-the minute game schedules, personalized directions, news, and web links to the public.

Posted September 07, 2010

Oracle has introduced Oracle Business Intelligence 11g. "The new release allows customers to integrate relational and OLAP analysis across a multitude of different federated data sources and presents that in a very simple way to end users so that they can do analysis on their own without understanding or needing to know that there might be potentially multiple data sources beneath," Paul Rodwick, vice president of product management for Oracle Business Intelligence, tells DBTA. Representing the result of a large investment in simplifying the end user experience, adds Rodwick, companies will see "very interactive dashboards that are completely live and completely interconnected and allow business people to do their own analysis without really needing to go into any kind of query tool." The new release also provides new capablities for search and collaboration, and enhanced performance, scalability, and security through deeper integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g and other components of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Posted July 12, 2010

Customer service is always important but never more critical than during difficult economic times, when wasting time is just not acceptable and customer satisfaction is an imperative. Atlantic Detroit Diesel-Allison sells and services a full line of Detroit Diesel, Mercedes-Benz, and MTU engines, and the automatic transmissions offered by the Allison Transmission Division of General Motors Corporation. Atlantic DDA had initiated a plan to improve its service department by improving order processing, thus driving more revenue, with additional goals of gaining operational efficiency and heightening customer satisfaction. In order to achieve these objectives, Atlantic DDA needed to make real-time information available to its teams of service representatives.

Posted June 07, 2010

Mergers and acquisitions often come quickly and when they do, it is critical to have tools and utilities capable of scaling to meet new challenges so operations continue seamlessly, customer service standards are upheld, and costs are contained. This was the case for UGI Utilities, a large natural gas and electric service provider in the eastern U.S. In 2006, UGI acquired the natural gas utility assets of PG Energy from Southern Union Company. A longtime customer of BMC, UGI found it was aligned with the right software company to provide implementation of mainframe service management solutions as well as first class support to get the job done and successfully integrate the newly acquired company's data into its environment, saving time and money.

Posted May 10, 2010

COLLABORATE 10 will at long last bring together Sun and Oracle users for the first time under one roof. Ian Abramson, president of the Independent Oracle Users Group, talks with DBTA about what the group is planning for the April conference in Las Vegas, and how the integration of customers and technology is being handled by Oracle and the IOUG.

Posted April 07, 2010

Faced with growing data volumes and limited budgets, companies, educational institutions, and government agencies are increasingly relying on IT to help them gain a competitive edge and better serve their customers and constituents. DBTA recently asked key MultiValue vendors to explain their strategies for enabling data integration from different repositories and for supporting business intelligence and analytics that provide meaningful insight for customers.

Posted March 04, 2010

IBM acquired predictive analytics vendor SPSS in October 2009. Erick Brethenoux, predictive analytics strategist for SPSS, an IBM Company, talks about the growing importance of the technology in helping enterprises address customer needs, what is driving the demand for it now, and how it fits into IBM's idea for a Smarter Planet.

Posted March 04, 2010

Enterprises that downplay the importance of storage management may be putting other key enterprise objectives at risk. That's the message from Kyle Fitze, Director of Marketing, Storage Platforms Division, HP StorageWorks. With IT shops facing constrained budgets and data volumes continuing to escalate, Fitze says, greater efficiency in the IT infrastructure is a requirement so that more money and time can be targeted at IT projects that will drive business growth. "Today, we believe that most customers spend upward of 70% of their budget just keeping the systems running and the lights on and everything cooled, on maintenance and operations, and the remainder of their budget on innovative IT projects," he observes. What HP would like to do, "is flip that ratio, so that customers, while they spend less on IT overall, are spending a smaller percentage of their budget on operations and the larger percentage then on innovation and business intelligence, and the kind of IT projects that can help them navigate these rough waters of economic decline."

Posted January 11, 2010

Rocket Software recently completed the purchase of the UniData and UniVerse Servers and Tools assets from IBM. Susie Siegesmund, now vice president and general manager for the U2 brand under Rocket, talks with Database Trends and Applications about why the timing was right for this move and what U2 customers and partners can expect under the new ownership.

Posted December 14, 2009

A modern architecture, system stability and strong behind-the-scenes support are key attributes to consider when evaluating new database technology. In December 2008, Brasher's initiated a phased roll-out of its enterprise applications on the InterSystems CACHÉ high-performance database with MultiValue technology, concluding the implementation in January 2009. In all, the migration involved more than 8,000 programs and cataloged procedures ranging from accounting applications through real-time bid processing systems in auction venues. In going live with CACHÉ at each location, says Ty Brewer, Brasher's CIO, "our goal was for people to go home on a Friday and come back on a Monday and not notice anything different, other than things being faster. By and large, that's exactly what happened."

Posted November 11, 2009

Just days after Rocket Software completed the purchase of the UniData and UniVerse Servers and Tools assets from IBM, Susie Siegesmund, now vice president and general manager for the U2 brand under Rocket, took time to talk about why the timing was right for this move and what customers and partners can expect under the new ownership. Here, some excerpts from that interview. Read the full interview in the December issue of Database Trends and Applications.

Posted October 28, 2009

The Swiss National Sound Archives is Switzerland's official depository of audio records. Founded by law in 1987 as a private foundation working in close collaboration with the Swiss National Library in Bern, the mission of the Swiss National Sound Archives is the preservation of the country's audio heritage. Strictly for Switzerland's audio archives, the foundation collects and safeguards anything sound-related, including speeches, theatrical works, interviews, audio books, and all types of music-from rock to classical. It makes these recordings and detailed information about them, such as the people involved in their creation, available through a website accessible to the public in Switzerland's four official languages - German, French, Italian and Romansh - as well as in English.

Posted September 14, 2009

A member of the Quest International Users Group and IT specialist at Shell Canada Ltd., Sue Shaw took on the role of president of the users group in June. She talks with Database Trends and Applications about what drew her in as a member and her goals for the PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and Oracle Utilities association now that she is at the helm.

Posted September 14, 2009

Sybase turned in the best year in its history in 2008, followed by its best-ever first quarter in 2009. Brian Vink chats with Database Trends and Applications about what he sees as the key issues in information management, the company's partnership with SAP and the plans to revamp TechWave this year.

Posted June 15, 2009

Ed Boyajian joined EnterpriseDB, the open source database company whose products and services are based on PostgreSQL, in June, 2008, as president and CEO. Before that, he spent six years in sales leadership roles at Red Hat, including vice president and general manager for North American sales, and vice president, worldwide OEM and North American channels. Recently Boyajian chatted with DBTA about the looming challenges and opportunities for open source in general as well as for EnterpriseDB's Postgres Plus product family.

Posted April 15, 2009

The time is past when the unique attributes of the MultiValue database model alone provided sufficient justification for the use of the technology, according to Pete Loveless. He explains why MV companies must support interoperability and integration from the ground up, in order to meet the challenges presented by the market now, and in the future.

Posted March 15, 2009

In the face of an uncertain economic outlook, organizations as well as government agencies and educational institutions are focused on controlling costs, while also maximizing IT investments that have already been made. In this special section, DBTA asks leading MultiValue vendors: What is your company doing to help customers extend the value of their MultiValue assets?

Posted March 15, 2009

Alvion Technologies provides a web-enabled platform that allows compilers, resellers and managers of marketing lists to easily deliver their product to end-users in support of targeted marketing efforts. Individual customers submit their data and then Alvion runs customer-specific data transformation and uploads the data to production servers, for access by end-users who are the customers of the data owners. If you need, for example, to find consumers within a 35-mile radius of your business that meet a certain profile, you can go online and find lists within Alvion, put in the criteria you are looking for, and those names will be provided to you, via electronic delivery, be it email or download.

Posted February 15, 2009

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of multi-platform tools that companies use to design, develop and manage databases and the data they contain, was acquired by Thoma Cressey Bravo a little more than a year ago in a $200 million go-private transaction. One year later, Embarcadero completed the purchase of CodeGear from Borland Software Corp. for approximately $24.5 million. DBTA talked with Wayne Williams, CEO of Embarcadero, about how the companies fit together to provide system-wide capabilities and also how in a larger sense the worlds of application and database development are converging.

Posted August 15, 2008

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