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DBAs can recover a database, tune SQL, and may even know how to write some PL/SQL when push comes to shove. And, yes, those are all great skills to have. But in 2018, DBAs need more, writes Matt Malcheski in a new IOUG SELECT article. Malcheski goes over the "hot topics," including blockchain, AI, and Internet of Things, and notes that DBAs of the future will need to understand not only the technical aspects of these and the other technologies but also must be able understand and add value to the functional data requirements necessary for all-encompassing solutions. "This is characterized in a data point from Gartner: By 2021, 40% of IT staff will be 'versatilists' holding multiple roles, most of which will be business rather than technology related."

Posted April 18, 2018

Presented once each year by three major Oracle users groups—Independent Oracle Users Group, Oracle Applications Users Group, and Quest International Users Group—COLLABORATE is one event focused solely on the spectrum of Oracle technologies and solutions that you can count on to get information from experts and fellow users about practical implications, real-world use cases, and how to benefit from new solutions and overcome difficulties you may be having.

Posted April 18, 2018

Special early bird registration pricing for Data Summit 2018 ends Friday, April 20. The Data Summit conference is a unique world-class event that brings together IT practitioners and business stakeholders from top corporations, government agencies, and public institutions to learn about the leading technologies and strategies for succeeding in this increasingly data-driven world.

Posted April 17, 2018

The key to understanding AI's current and future impact is its transformation of business processes. A widespread misconception is that AI systems, including advanced robotics and digital bots, will gradually replace humans in one industry after another. Self-driving vehicles, for example, will one day replace taxi, delivery, and truck drivers. That may be true for certain jobs, but what we've found in our research is that, although AI can be deployed to automate certain functions, the technology's greater power is in complementing and augmenting human capabilities.

Posted April 13, 2018

Moving to automation means many decisions and modifications will occur without human involvement. Alterations are likely to occur that are not to the benefit of the end user (we will not get this 100% right in its nascence). Data "owners" will need very good information about what was adjusted, when it changed, and whether it was ultimately good for the user experience. The right tools will be needed as uptime, resource consumption/capacity, and relative health become basic "pay-to-play" propositions managed by automation. As end user experience continues to trump all other concerns in the application world, taking the end user vantage point will be central to monitoring autonomous changes.

Posted April 12, 2018

IBM has launched three new consulting services offerings, as well as an IBM Blockchain Platform Starter Plan, a low-cost plan to help clients, developers, and startups to develop, operate, and govern networks on the IBM Blockchain Platform.

Posted April 11, 2018

Startups with a mission to address an unanswered problem continue to emerge in the tech sector. These companies tap into new and still emerging technologies such as cloud, IoT, machine learning, containerization, AI, NoSQL, and blockchain to provide fresh solutions that simply were not possible before.

Posted April 11, 2018

Based on the history of AI, a term that has been around since 1956, a reasonable skeptic might wonder what is going to be different this time around.  But, given the recent accomplishments in analytics, visualization, and machine learning, AI does indeed have a promising future, according to Todd Sundsted, CTO of SumAll, who will present a talk at Data Summit 2018, titled "Past, Present & Future: What Lies Ahead for AI."

Posted April 10, 2018

IBM has announced a series of new, industry-specific, machine-readable data sets designed to expedite AI training workflows. The first kits will serve the travel, transportation and food industries, with more to follow. With expected availability in Q2 2018, the kits will initially serve the travel and transportation and food industries with Watson Data Kits for travel points of interest and food menus, respectively.

Posted April 09, 2018

Launched in 2012 after 2 years in stealth mode, cloud data warehousing company Snowflake Computing kicked off 2018 by announcing $263 million in additional growth funding. Since its founding 6 years ago, Snowflake has raised a total of $473 million in growth funding with the mission to combine the power of data warehousing, the flexibility of big data platforms, and the elasticity of the cloud. Recently, Christian Kleinerman, the company's VP of product, reflected on how enterprise data architecture is changing and the growing role of cloud in analytics.

Posted April 09, 2018

GridGain Systems, provider of enterprise-grade in-memory computing solutions based on Apache Ignite, is launching GridGain Professional Edition 2.4, including a Continuous Learning Framework. The addition of this framework in the latest update includes machine learning and a multilayer perceptron (MLP) neural network that enable companies to run machine and deep learning algorithms against their petabyte-scale operational datasets in real-time.

Posted April 05, 2018

The rise of DevOps, which promises to bring development and operations teams into alignment, is moving database managers and administrators ever closer to the key touchpoints of their businesses. DevOps methodologies "have been the de facto model for startups and born-in-the-cloud organizations for many years," noted Bob Quillin, vice president of the Oracle Container Group. "Now those approaches and techniques are moving to larger teams and organizations based on clear business advantages, cultural benefits, and the emergence of repeatable patterns driven by open source technologies tested at cloud-scale by these early adopters."

Posted April 04, 2018

Oracle executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison announced the availability of the first service based on the new Oracle Autonomous Database during a presentation at Oracle headquarters. Described as "the world's first self-driving, self-securing, self-repairing database cloud service," the Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud uses machine learning to deliver performance, security, and availability with no human intervention.  

Posted April 04, 2018

An astounding array of new technologies and approaches have emerged on the database scene over the past few years that promise to turn the next 12 months into a time of unprecedented transformation for the database landscape. There are new developments, along with reinforcement of tried-and-true technologies, some of which may help make the jobs of data managers just a bit easier.

Posted April 04, 2018

SWIM.AI today exited stealth and announced the general availability of its edge software solution. SWIM EDX delivers edge intelligence and real-time business and operational insights. By applying analytics, self-training digital twins and edge computing, SWIM EDX allows manufacturers, infrastructure providers, enterprises, municipalities, and IoT vendors to analyze and take immediate action on fast edge data.

Posted April 04, 2018

Pure Storage, the all-flash storage platform that, unveiled a new AI-Ready Infrastructure, AIRI, powered by NVIDIA, to power and operationalize AI-at-scale for every enterprise. Architected by Pure Storage and NVIDIA, AIRI is purpose-built to enable data architects, scientists and business leaders to extend the power of the NVIDIA DGX-1.

Posted April 03, 2018

DBAs can recover a database, tune SQL, and may even know how to write some PL/SQL when push comes to shove. And, yes, those are all great skills to have. But in 2018, DBAs need more, writes  Matt Malcheski in a new IOUG SELECT article.  DBAs today need to be able to work with the  tools and technologies of the future, asserts Malcheski who discusses many items that will help DBas increase their expertise, as well as support their long-term career goals.

Posted March 28, 2018

With news unfolding about an app that was able to gather 50 million Facebook users' data that was later resold to a political data firm in order to try to influence American voter sentiment, industry leaders are weighing in on what this may mean for the future of governance and regulatory compliance. While not a breach or hack, the use of the data by a third party, and the particular purposes it was collected for, has drawn outrage from lawmakers and Facebook customers, and prompted heightened interest in regulations that could enable individuals to control the use of their data.

Posted March 28, 2018

SAP is launching the application edition of the SAP Predictive Analytics software to help enterprises create and manage predictive machine learning models for applications that run business activities. Co-developed with Accenture, the application edition enables intelligent enterprises by embedding predictive and machine learning capabilities in their applications, putting powerful data-driven insights at the fingertips of every business user.

Posted March 28, 2018

It's time to vote for the annual Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards Program in which the winning information management solutions, products, and services are chosen by you—the people who actually use them. This year, there are 27 categories in which to vote—providing plenty of opportunity for the recognition of both well-established products as well as new and cutting-edge technologies.

Posted March 28, 2018

In the IoT world, devices are moving from smart to intelligent due to the advent of artificial intelligence and machine learning. However, this is now hindered due to the natural limitations of the cloud. In order to progress, devices need lower latency, a higher level of independence, and better connectivity.

Posted March 26, 2018

The rise of DevOps, which promises to bring development and operations teams into alignment, is bringing database managers and administrators ever closer to the key touchpoints of their businesses. DevOps seeks to ensure the continuous delivery and consistent cadence of software releases and means that data professionals will have a key role to play in their organizations' information technology strategy. It's not happening a moment too soon—nimble, tech-savvy competitors have learned to leverage data as strategic business assets and are biting ever deeper into just about every existing market.

Posted March 22, 2018

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has added new offerings to help customers ramp up, optimize and scale artificial intelligence (AI) usage across business functions to drive outcomes such as better demand forecasting, improved operational efficiency and increased sales.

Posted March 22, 2018

Oracle recently acquired Zenedge, which helps secure critical IT systems deployed via cloud, on-premise, or hybrid hosting environments.

Posted March 21, 2018

Everything around us today is an outcome of the Industrial Age. The 250-plus years of changes allow a toaster in every house, a car in every driveway, and a computer in every pocket. It's hard to imagine the amount of change that workers have gone through during this period. We are now on the journey through the Information Age, and it continues to change our world every day. The future is not written, but I know who will create it: Those that seek out the change.

Posted March 21, 2018

Splice Machine is launching a connector that aims to boost IoT and machine learning applications.The solution, Apache Spark DataSource,  provides a fast, native, ACID-compliant datastore for Spark and also opens up Splice Machine's underlying Apache Spark engine to directly use advanced capabilities such as Spark SQL, Spark Streaming, and MLlib or R (for machine learning).

Posted March 19, 2018

IBM is launching a new data science and machine learning platform along with an elite consulting team to help users accelerate their AI journeys. Powered by a fast in-memory database that can ingest and analyze massive amounts of data, IBM's new Cloud Private for Data is an integrated data science, data engineering, and app building platform.

Posted March 19, 2018

BMC has expanded its Control-M Managed File Transfer offering to include support for all file transfers—internal and external, in the cloud or on-premises—from a single, end-to-end digital business automation platform. With BMC's Control-M solution, companies have instant visibility into the status of file transfers and business application workloads, increasing efficiency and control of business services.

Posted March 19, 2018

CA Technologies has introduced a new release of CA Workload Automation AE (AutoSys), a workload engine for complex workloads. The new release includes major new features designed for ease-of-use and enhanced performance, together with direct integration with the CA Automic One Automation platform.

Posted March 19, 2018

CA Technologies has introduced a new release of CA Workload Automation AE (AutoSys), a workload engine for complex workloads. The new release includes major new features designed for ease-of-use and enhanced performance, together with direct integration with the CA Automic One Automation platform.

Posted March 19, 2018

IBM is launching a new data science and machine learning platform along with an elite consulting team to help users accelerate their AI journeys. Powered by a fast in-memory database that can ingest and analyze massive amounts of data, IBM's new Cloud Private for Data is an integrated data science, data engineering, and app building platform.

Posted March 16, 2018

Every organization is unique. So is every Oracle user. Enter COLLABORATE 18: Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community (April 22-26 in Las Vegas). Designed to serve the evolving educational needs of today's users, COLLABORATE offers 12,00 informative sessions and events carefully selected by volunteers, Oracle pros themselves, from a global call for content. While there's no "one-size-fits-all," there is something for everyone.

Posted March 14, 2018

Does this sound familiar? You have a backlog of apps that your workforce is craving, and you simply don't have the team (or the time) to build them. In fact, the demand for apps is growing five times faster than IT's capacity to deliver them. This crunch is probably all too familiar for many, and it's forcing IT teams to find new ways to accelerate app development. The age-old question is, do you build, do you buy, or do you do something in between?

Posted March 13, 2018

Big data can help drive decisions in almost every aspect of our lives—from the way financial products are underwritten, learning programs are designed, energy is used, healthcare diagnoses are made, insurance rates are assessed, commerce is conducted, and fraud is prevented—the list is infinite. As these decisions can affect individuals and society as a whole, it is compulsory that data experts apply integrity, transparency, and due diligence into the analytics that mine information and the algorithms that inform our decision making and problem solving.

Posted March 13, 2018

CA Technologies, a provider of business automation software, is upgrading its CA Workload Automation AE (AutoSys), introducing major new features for enhanced performance. The new release makes the solution easier to own and manage to help users provide that critical applications and businesses processes run smoothly and continuously.

Posted March 08, 2018

Graph databases are increasingly popular. In fact, according to DB-Engines graphs are the fastest growing of any database category since 2013. This growth is fueled in part because many organizations are realizing the value of understanding connections in their data. For companies looking to use a graph database to build behavior and decision-making applications based on real-time evaluation of connected data, there are several key attributes, including integrity, performance, efficiency and scalability.

Posted March 07, 2018

While artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing hold great promise, there are also practical considerations that must be considered in order to leverage its transformative effect, according to Hadley Reynolds, managing director, Cognitive Computing Consortium, who will present a keynote at Data Summit 2018 titled "Capturing Value with Cognitive Computing: Executing on Data Challenges."

Posted March 07, 2018

Machine learning offers a wealth of opportunity to companies in terms of faster response to opportunity, risk avoidance, sentiment analysis, fraud detection, and the ability to make targeted offers to customers. But along with the many answers it provides, it also presents a variety of thorny questions, according to David Weinberger, senior researcher with Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, who will give a keynote talk at Data Summit 2018 titled "Once We Know Everything."

Posted March 07, 2018

It's time to submit nominations for the annual Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards Program in which the winning information management solutions, products, and services are chosen by you—the people who actually use them. This year, there are 28 categories in which to submit nominations.

Posted March 07, 2018

Two key areas of technology that Oracle is innovating in are blockchain and IoT, according to Thomas Kurian, Oracle president of product development.  Kurian spoke during the company's CloudWorld keynote in New York, which focused largely on demonstrating the benefits of cloud, automation, and artificial intelligence.

Posted March 07, 2018

DBAs may think that machine learning cannot possibly perform all of their tasks and but it is entirely feasible and likely that the machine learning functionalities will perform all of the tasks of an operational DBA - or will very soon, writes Eric Mader in the fourth installment of a six-part article series by editors of IOUG SELECT and Big Data Quarterly on "The Changing Role of the Modern DBA."

Posted March 07, 2018

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