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Innovative vendors are helping to point the way forward with technologies and services to take advantage of the wealth of data that is pouring into companies. This sixth DBTA 100 list spans a wide variety of companies that are each addressing the evolving demands for hardware, software, and services. Some are long-standing companies with well-established offerings that have evolved over time, while others are much newer to the data scene.

Posted June 14, 2018

Oracle has announced the availability of its next-generation Oracle Cloud Platform services featuring built-in autonomous capabilities, including Oracle Mobile Cloud Enterprise, Oracle Data Integration Platform Cloud, and Oracle API Platform Cloud. With embedded artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning that enable autonomous capabilities in the Platform Cloud services, Oracle says it is helping organizations to more easily develop new user experiences with chatbot and voice capabilities, to enable business users to perform intelligent data integration tasks, and to expose business logic and data via robust API design/management. 

Posted June 13, 2018

Blockchain is rapidly transforming finance and has the potential to radically change many other sectors as well. Heavy industry, however, is generally conservative with respect to new technology. Consequently, says Nathan Zenero, senior industry consultant for Teradata, it is important to understand what the properties of blockchain are and to understand why one could, or rather should, consider using it.

Posted June 08, 2018

Blockchain has been one of the most loudly trumpeted new technologies on the enterprise database scene in recent history, writes Big Data Quarterly columnist Jim Scott. However, he notes, the concept of a blockchain is not really a new notion: "It is more of a repackaging of existing constructs to deliver a new set of benefits to any organization leveraging it for their use cases. It provides the benefit of irrevocable proof, and it reduces friction with information exchange."

Posted June 08, 2018

ALTR is emerging from nearly four years of stealth to release a platform that unleashes the security benefits of blockchain. The new ALTR platform is built on ALTRchain, the only high-performance, enterprise-grade blockchain technology for ultra-secure data access and storage.

Posted June 08, 2018

Blockchain is more than just a new buzzword. Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology that is most commonly known for enabling the cryptocurrencies and payment networks. Gurdeep Kalra, principal consultant, Infosys, Srikanth Challa, senior director, Blockchain, Infosys Ltd., and Minollo(Carlo Innocenti), software architect, Oracle, presented their session, "Blockchain 101 with Oracle Cloud" during Data Summit 2018.

Posted June 08, 2018

Blockchain, the distributed ledger technology, was explored in a 3-hour Data Summit 2018 presentation led by Paul Tatro, who covered the wide range of blockchain topics including what it is, the differences between public and private blockchains, use cases, and the meaning of terms such as "smart contracts," "blocks," "nonces," "hashes," "oracles," and digital signatures.

Posted June 08, 2018

According to a recent report by research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), global spending on blockchain solutions is expected to reach $2.1 billion this year. However, there's a void of blockchain expertise in enterprises. A Gartner Research survey shows that around 60 percent of IT leaders find blockchain interesting, but aren't clear on what exactly they should do with it. Enterprises want to hire developers with blockchain experience, although candidates for those roles are few and far between.

Posted June 04, 2018

IBM and partners launched a "Call for Code" initiative, an ambitious effort to bring startup, academic, and enterprise developers together to solve one of the most pressing societal issues of our time: preventing, responding to, and recovering from natural disasters.

Posted June 04, 2018

Data Summit 2018 was recently held in Boston. Big data technologies, AI, analytics, cloud, and software licensing best practices in a hybrid world were among the key areas considered during three days of thought-provoking presentations, keynotes, panel discussions, and hands-on workshops.

Posted June 04, 2018

Information Builders, a provider of business intelligence, analytics, and data management solutions, has launched an enhanced version of iWay 8, its suite of solutions for real-time data integration and management. New advancements to Information Builders' solution address modern data integration requirements and enable businesses to tap into data from emerging technologies and sources.

Posted May 30, 2018

Technology is constantly changing, and IT architects need to keep up with modern developments to ensure that their companies are achieving the best possible return on their IT investment.

Posted May 24, 2018

Accenture has revealed its new "Technology Vision for Oracle" report, forecasting the five key technology trends that will drive Accenture and Oracle's collaboration in the enterprise over the next 3 years. Designed to highlight the strategic shifts companies must make to take advantage of the potential of the intelligent enterprise, the report looks at specific use cases and technologies that are actively reinventing businesses.

Posted May 16, 2018

Blockchain has been one of the most loudly trumpeted new technologies on the enterprise database scene in recent history. However, the concept of a blockchain is not really a new notion. It is more of a repackaging of existing constructs to deliver a new set of benefits to any organization leveraging it for their use cases. It provides the benefit of irrevocable proof, and it reduces friction with information exchange.

Posted May 11, 2018

Silicon Valley has achieved an almost mythical status in both modern American popular culture as well as the annals of world economic history. Located south of San Francisco, the name "Silicon Valley" was coined in the early 1970s due to the volume of silicon chip innovators and manufacturers in the area. Today, the valley is synonymous with technology innovation and venture capital: two mighty forces of change.

Posted May 11, 2018

Technology is constantly changing, and IT architects need to keep up with modern developments to ensure that their companies are achieving the best possible return on their IT investment. This can be achieved by architecting a solid IT infrastructure with modern components spanning the hardware, software, network resources, and services required for the operation and management of an enterprise IT environment.

Posted May 11, 2018

If blockchain could only be described in one word, that word would be "trust." It is an ideal mechanism to establish trust among multiple parties, demonstrated by its seminal use case as an abstraction for currency. The currency paradigm is instructive because it demonstrates the core concepts that could be leveraged in other use cases.

Posted May 11, 2018

Blockchain is a new database technology and it is poised to have a big impact in a diverse array of industries. To shed light on critical blockchain issues and concerns and to provide attendees with a firm grasp of fundamental blockchain concepts, Data Summit 2018 will present a 3-hour blockchain workshop led by Paul Tatro, founder of Blockchain U Online, and author of "Blockchain Unchained: The Illustrated Guide to Understanding Blockchain."

Posted May 11, 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. Voting ends Friday, May 11, 2018, so be sure cast your ballot now for the candidates of your choice.

Posted May 08, 2018

Hortonworks has announced that Trimble Transportation Enterprise Solutions is leveraging its global data management solutions with machine learning models to alleviate pain points across the transportation and logistics industry. In conjunction with Trimble's new blockchain network, Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF) and Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) are helping Trimble to increase its customers' efficiency by modernizing transportation industry systems.

Posted April 30, 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 25, 2018

Marsh, a provider of insurance broking and risk management solutions, in collaboration with IBM, ACORD, and ISN, has introduced blockchain capabilities to an important part of the insurance value chain. The blockchain technology is being applied to the certificate of insurance process, intended to enable clients to speed up necessary business functions such as hiring contractors and transferring risk while increasing coverage certainty.

Posted April 23, 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. 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 has been extended for 1 week, and will end Friday, April 27. 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

Bitcoin was the hot topic in financial and tech circles in 2017. The decentralized digital currency jumped from just under $1,000 at the start of the year to a $20,000 all-time high in December. The real game-changer here isn't Bitcoin, though, but the technology that powers it, known as blockchain. Despite volatility and suspicion marking the crypto-market, the blockchain concept could be a truly revolutionary innovation.

Posted April 12, 2018

Blockchain may be the best thing to happen to data management and information security or just the latest tech fad, depending on your point of view. To help IT professionals get up-to-speed, Data Summit 2018 will present a number of sessions on the distributed ledger technology. Data Summit 2018 will take place this year at the Hyatt Regency Boston, May 22-23, with pre-conference workshops on Monday, May 21. Cognitive Computing Summit will also be co-located at the event.

Posted April 11, 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

FundRequest, a decentralized marketplace built for open source collaboration, is partnering with Indorse, a reward-based decentralized professional social network where users can control their data, to certify and reward open source developers on the Blockchain.

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

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

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

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

Take advantage of the many opportunities for peer interaction through panel discussions and provocative talks at this year's Data Summit conference. This unique event brings together IT practitioners and business stakeholders from all types of organizations.

Posted March 07, 2018

The Bitcoin bubble is a mixed bag for blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiasts. While the incredible increase in Bitcoin's valuation has resulted in a huge windfall for early adopters and enhanced the recognition of blockchain technology, it has also highlighted the volatility of Bitcoin as a currency and the limitations of the underlying blockchain network.

Posted February 28, 2018

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