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The well-known three Vs of Big Data - Volume, Variety, and Velocity – are increasingly placing pressure on organizations that need to manage this data as well as extract value from this data deluge for Predictive Analytics and Decision-Making. Big Data technologies, services, and tools such as Hadoop, MapReduce, Hive and NoSQL/NewSQL databases and Data Integration techniques, In-Memory approaches, and Cloud technologies have emerged to help meet the challenges posed by the flood of Web, Social Media, Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) data flowing into organizations.



Big Data Articles

CognitiveScale Inc., a provider augmented intelligence and AI software, is being selected by Dell to help transform customer experience and marketing productivity through AI. Dell chose CognitiveScale and its Cortex 5 software to power and transform the core of their customer journeys.

Posted August 14, 2018

At Data Summit 2018, Jeff Fried, director of product management at InterSystems, gave attendees a primer on how multi-model databases reduce data modeling complexity in his session, "Polyglot Persistence Versus Multi-Model Databases."

Posted August 14, 2018

EnterpriseDB, developer of a Postgres-based database platform, is releasing the beta version of its EDB Postgres Migration Portal, an automated online tool for moving Oracle databases to the EDB Postgres Platform.

Posted August 13, 2018

DFLabs, provider of security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) technology, is introducing a new version of the IncMan SOAR platform that uses automated event triage to dramatically reduce the number of security incidents generated from alerts.

Posted August 13, 2018

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, unveiled Amazon Aurora Serverless., a new deployment option for Amazon Aurora that automatically starts, scales, and shuts down database capacity with per-second billing for applications with less predictable usage patterns. Amazon Aurora Serverless offers database capacity without the need to provision, scale, and manage any servers.

Posted August 10, 2018

Alation Inc., the data catalog company, is launching the Alation Partner Program which will be dedicated to the successful enterprise-wide deployment of data catalogs. One focus of the partner program is fulfilling the needs of customers to achieve success with enterprise-wide metadata management.

Posted August 09, 2018

In the big data world of today, issues abound. People discuss structured data versus unstructured data; graph versus JSON versus columnar data stores; even batch processing versus streaming. Differences between each of these kinds of things are important. How they are used can help direct how best to store content for use. Therefore, deep understanding of usage is critical in determining the flavor of data persistence employed.

Posted August 08, 2018

Microsoft is on the march with multiple upgrades and improvements across the span of its cloud data products. Here are a few of the more prominent highlights.

Posted August 08, 2018

We are living in the age of polyglot persistence, which really just means that it makes sense to store data using the technology that best matches the way the data will be used by applications. The age of trying to force everything into a relational DBMS is over, and we now have NoSQL, NewSQL, in-memory, and Hadoop-based offerings that are being used to store data. But you really should also be looking at the algorithmic approach offered by Ancelus Database.

Posted August 08, 2018

In my previous IOUG Observations column, I wrote about the Oracle Database Security Assessment Tool (DBSAT) and its value when performing security reviews. However, we should also be cognizant of DBSAT's cousin utility, ORAchk, which is used to perform more general health checks against a variety of components in the Oracle technology stack. Similar to DBSAT, ORAchk is available from Oracle's support site with no additional licensing requirements.

Posted August 08, 2018

We all know that self-driving cars and other autonomous vehicles are coming. Prototypes of self-driving vehicles can be seen around Silicon Valley, and self-driving features are commercially available in Teslas and other brands. However, there are significant "smart car" features on the way that will affect both human- and self-driven vehicles.

Posted August 08, 2018

Shark attacks and ice cream sales follow the very same trajectory when charted. When ice cream sales go up, so do shark attacks. When ice cream sales decrease, shark attacks decrease. With a correlation coefficient of very close to 1, we can deduce that sharks like to attack after we've recently had ice cream!

Posted August 08, 2018

Costly data breaches are on the rise—2017 was a record-setting year in terms of cybersecurity incidents, with more than 14.5 billion malware-infected emails sent and 1.9 billion data records stolen in the first 6 months of the year.

Posted August 08, 2018

This year is an expansive one for the database ecosystems that have evolved around the major platforms. Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, the Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud computing are now mainstream offerings seen within the constellations of database vendors, partners, and integrators.

Posted August 08, 2018

This may seem contradictory at first glance: Fresh data from the database user community finds that data lakes continue to increase within the enterprise space as big data flows get even bigger. Yet, at the same time, enterprises appear to have pulled back on Hadoop implementations.

Posted August 08, 2018

Still a relatively new solution coming into its own streaming platforms allow individuals to see data in real-time batches. Streaming solutions can help businesses analyze data in motion, simplify the development of applications, and extend the value of existing systems by integrating with already implemented applications along with supporting both structured and unstructured data.

Posted August 08, 2018

A relational database is a set of formally described tables from which data can be accessed or reassembled in many different ways without having to reorganize the database tables. The standard user and application programming interface (API) of a relational database is the Structured Query Language (SQL). SQL statements are used both for interactive queries for information from a relational database and for gathering data for reports.

Posted August 08, 2018

Addressing the need to store and manage increasingly large amounts of data that does not fit neatly in rows and columns, NoSQL databases can run on commodity hardware, support the unstructured, non-relational data flowing into organizations from the proliferation of new sources, and are available in a variety of structures that open up new types of data sources, providing ways to tap into the institutional knowledge locked in PCs and departmental silos.

Posted August 08, 2018

MultiValue database technology continues to boost a strong following of loyal supporters. This NoSQL database technology is found in many industry verticals, including retail, travel industry, oil & gas, healthcare, government, banking, and education. Highly customized, mission-critical applications have been built on MultiValue database technology, which is sometimes called the fifth NoSQL database technology. The MultiValue database dates back to the mid-1960s, with Don Nelson and Dick Pick widely credited as the founding fathers of the technology. Also referred to as Pick or MultiDimensional, a key advantage of MultiValue, is the database structure's use of attributes that can have multiple values, rather than one single value as with relational technology.

Posted August 08, 2018

The Internet of things (IoT) is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as "connected devices" and "smart devices"), buildings, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data.

Posted August 08, 2018

In-memory technology has become a relied-upon part of the data world, now available through most major database vendors. In-memory can process workloads up to 100 times faster than disk-to-memory configurations, which enables business at the speed of thought.

Posted August 08, 2018

After more than 10 years, there is no technology more aligned with advent of big data than Hadoop. The Apache Hadoop framework allows for the distributed processing of large datasets across compute clusters, enabling scale up from single commodity servers to thousands of machines for local computing and storage. Designed to detect and handle failures at the application layer, the framework supports high availability.

Posted August 08, 2018

A brand new study fielded among Database Trends and Applications readers and members of the Independent Oracle Users Group reveals that database professionals are being tasked with managing more database instances and platforms, and in greater sizes, than ever before - both on premises and in the cloud. As a result, it's no surprise that the biggest priorities for database teams this year are improving database performance, database upgrades, and data integration.

Posted August 08, 2018

Providing an integrated environment that simplifies software development, these solutions are valued for their ability to improve database development with an end-to-end approach that helps developers stay on top of the latest technology innovations and build modern applications. For database development teams, maximizing competence, performance, adaptability, and readiness, will help simplify development and allow automation to achieve repeatable processes, all while avoiding potential risks that create downtime.

Posted August 08, 2018

Database downtime can inflict a fatal wound on the life of a business and having a trusted backup solution that can ensure that databases can be back up and running quickly in the event of an outage is critical. With long downtimes simply unacceptable, organizations seek solutions with capabilities such as the ability to manage backups seamlessly, manage and monitor backups, ensure data integrity, scale efficiently restore quickly to any point in time, and provide security features to stay in compliance with local geographic and industry mandates.

Posted August 08, 2018

Today's database administration solutions help to improve DBA productivity while simplifying repetitive administrative tasks, helping to locate and alleviate performance bottlenecks, and optimizing code. Businesses are utlizing highly complex, data environments with multiple data platforms across physical data centers and the cloud, managing systems and processes manually is no longer sufficient. What is needed is the ability to manage and monitor business-critical assets with automated precision.

Posted August 08, 2018

Companies are increasingly looking for the right database for the data storage need at hand. That might mean NoSQL, NewSQL, in-memory databases, and cloud databases—also known as database as a service—approaches. 

Posted August 08, 2018

Today's data visualization tools go beyond the standard charts and graphs used in Excel spreadsheets, displaying data in more sophisticated ways such as infographics, dials and gauges, geographic maps, sparklines, heat maps, and detailed bar, pie and fever charts. The images may include interactive capabilities, enabling users to manipulate them or drill into the data for querying and analysis.

Posted August 08, 2018

With data virtualization organizations can gain the ability to allow the business and IT sides of organizations work closer together in a much more agile fashion, reducing complexity and boosting productivity. Data Virtualization helps customers find and analyze the data they need in hours or days, rather than months, so that they can quickly discover insights and take insight-driven action, said Mark Palmer, senior vice president of analytics, TIBCO.

Posted August 08, 2018

Storage solutions provide critical services for backup and archiving, content storage and distribution, big data analytics, and disaster recovery. Increasingly also there are smarter storage solutions, enabling greater efficiency and cost reduction through data compression, information lifecycle management, and tiered storage strategies.

Posted August 08, 2018

Cyberattacks are becoming the number-one risk to businesses, brands, operations, and financials, according to recent "SonicWall Cyber Threat Report" (March 2018).  There were 9.32 billion malware attacks in total in 2017, representing an 18.4% increase over 2016. On the other hand, Verizon's Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) shows that more a quarter of the time, data breaches across the world originated from an organization's "insiders." But the report notes, malicious employees looking aren't the only insider threat you face. Errors were at the heart of almost one in five (17%) breaches.

Posted August 08, 2018

While the data growth rate, number of database instances, and number of platforms that each DBA must support has not changed radically in the last few years, the database infrastructure has become more complicated. Two key factors are at play in the increasing complexity.

Posted August 08, 2018

Today, data quality solutions are available in the cloud as software as a service as well as on premise, and support the necessary data integrity for critical systems such as customer relationship management, master data management, data governance initiatives, and database management, as well as for regulatory compliance initiatives—including the E.U.'s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Posted August 08, 2018

Top data modeling solutions enable organizations to discover, design, visualize, standardize and deploy high-quality data assets through an intuitive GUI. With the ability to view "any data" from "anywhere" for consistency, clarity and artifact reuse across large-scale data integration, master data management, big data and business intelligence/analytics initiatives, today, data modeling is a critical component to many initiatives.

Posted August 08, 2018

Today, data is both the output and the fuel of companies. For many however, the process of becoming a data-driven organization is hindered inflexible systems that were created years and even decades earlier.

Posted August 08, 2018

The data governance market is expected to grow from $1.31 billion in 2018 to $3.53 billion by 2023, increasing by a CAGR of 22%, according to a recent ResearchandMarkets.com report. What is driving that growth? It is a combination of factors, the research shows, including rapidly increasing data volumes, new regulatory and compliance mandates, and the need to enhance strategic risk management and decision making as well as greater business collaboration.

Posted August 08, 2018

The big focus in analytics today is on access for all, and the ability to not only see what happened in the past but what is going on now or about to take place. A recent survey by Forbes Insights and Dun & Bradstreet of more than 300 senior executives across a broad range of industries confirmed that the goal of many organizations is to develop a data-driven culture, but also finds there is still plenty of work to be done to make that a reality.

Posted August 08, 2018

Whether it is cognitive computing, machine learning, intelligent automation, augmented reality, or artificial intelligence, smart technologies are gaining ground with use cases spanning health services, analytics, customer service, manufacturing, logistics, and a range of other fields.

Posted August 08, 2018

Business agility and reduced cost are leading reasons that companies are adopting cloud technologies and hybrid cloud approaches.  Although security was initially a key obstacle standing in the way, increasingly that concern is dissipating while advantages in agility and cost reduction become leading drivers for the move to the cloud.

Posted August 08, 2018

After many years of relying mainly on relational database management systems in on-premise data centers, organizations are finding viable additional options in the form of cloud computing deployments and newer NoSQL options, a new study finds. Cloud computing options have provided the possibility to host some database-centric applications that typically would be hosted in an on-premises data center.

Posted August 08, 2018

Today, there is a wide range of big data technologies helping organizations reap the benefits of the massive data volumes available to their companies. Until recently, most data was generated for a single objective and difficult to repurpose. Much of it even ended up stored on tapes that were rarely if ever accessed. The bottom line is that it was difficult for decision makers to get to all the information they needed. But today, new tools, platforms, and technologies are changing all that.

Posted August 08, 2018

As a key component to data integration best practices, change data capture (CDC) is based on the identification, capture, and delivery of the changes made to enterprise data. CDC helps minimize access to both source and target systems. It also supports the ability to keep a record of changes for compliance, and is a key component of many data processes.

Posted August 08, 2018

The demand to become a data-driven business with a competitive edge in the digital economy is greater now than ever. BI and analytics is recognized as the cornerstone to success today. As the value of data becomes better appreciated, organizations are deploying  a multi-pronged approach that includes making data access and insights available to a broader swath of users as opposed to it remaining limited to small groups of analysts or executives, offering compelling data visualizations, and making data available more quickly for decision making.

Posted August 08, 2018

ONgroup is making two free-to-use software products that are extensions for Visual Studio Code available to MultiValue developers. The MV# Developer extension provides MultiValue developers with a VS-like IDE.

Posted August 08, 2018

Entrinsik, developer of Informer, is partnering with Full Sail Partners, Ltd, allowing the company to sell, integrate, and host Informer 5. The Informer 5 business intelligence software platform will be available to Full Sail Partner clients via the Deltek Vision to Informer integration offering from Blackbox Connector.

Posted August 08, 2018

Pick Cloud, Inc. and 3phi Solutions Inc. are forming a strategic partnership to sell phiReport Cloud edition exclusively in North America. phiReport is a suite of reporting tools based on the PICK/MultiValue DBMS. The application is built using AccuTerm GUI, allowing any Windows user with a current AccuTerm terminal emulator to define and generate attractive Excel worksheets from a graphical user interface.

Posted August 08, 2018

SAP is making improvements to SAP S/4HANA Cloud, delivering dozens of new AI-powered scenarios that further power the intelligent enterprise.Building on SAP's unmatched industry domain expertise to help every customer become a best-run business, these updates will increase customer agility and flexibility, as they adapt to rapidly changing business conditions.

Posted August 07, 2018

Redgate Software is adding Nexus Technology to its worldwide partner roster to help organizations successfully introduce DevOps to their database development. Redgate's software is already used by 91% of companies in the Fortune 100, and the new partnership with Nexus now means companies in the Channel Islands are in the ideal position to explore how too they can take advantage of database DevOps.

Posted August 07, 2018

Instana, a provider of application monitoring for containerized microservice applications, is releasing a set of customization features across their solution, creating a personalized APM experience for users. The new capabilities, called Application Perspectives, go beyond traditional custom dashboarding to deliver an automated personal guided APM experience.

Posted August 07, 2018

Today, data is understood to be the fuel that propels companies' growth and success. As a result, safeguarding that valuable resource is more important—but also harder—than ever.

Posted August 07, 2018

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